The Morehouse College Entrepreneurship Center (MCEC) will partner with the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) as MCEC hosts their third annual Entrepreneurship Conference: Energy, Economy, Innovation and You, on February 25-26, 2010, on the campus of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.
The overall conference is designed to engage the business, academic, and federal communities in range of strategic actions, programs and discussions about job growth, reducing our dependence on oil and how to engage entrepreneurs to secure business in the renewable energy sector.
The conference is expected to attract 500 participants, including energy professionals, faculty, students, program managers from federal funding agencies, corporate foundations, supplier diversity representatives, hiring managers, policy makers, local entrepreneurs, and community advocates.
“This conference is unique because it focuses on industry specific solutions and directly connects entrepreneurs and students with corporate and government focused resources and support. Everything we do has one goal – to increase small business development and we are excited about partnering with AABE to provide an HBCU energy-focused conference for entrepreneurs,” states Tiffany Bussey, Director of the Entrepreneurship Center.
“AABE has been covering world, federal, state, local and financial policies as they relate to various energy topics and there is multi-trillion dollars worth of business to secure and we are looking to encourage minority businesses to tie into efforts at all levels. There are not enough minorities in the field for some of the opportunities and we are convinced that we found common ground through this collaboration with the Entrepreneurship Center,” says Frank M. Stewart, President and COO of AABE and a member of the Joint Center’s Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change.
American Association of Blacks in Energy
The American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) is a national association of energy professionals founded and dedicated to ensure the input of African Americans and other minorities into the discussions and developments of energy policies regulations, R&D technologies, and environmental issues.
Morehouse College Entrepreneurship Center
The Morehouse College Entrepreneurship Center (MCEC) is a global model for higher education programs that fosters innovation and increase minority and small business development. Rooted in a philosophy that “entrepreneurship is not just small business but a skill set,” these programs connect education with student leadership development, university and industry collaborations, and community-focused resources and support.
The center is a revenue-generating unit housed in the Division of Business Administration and Economics of Morehouse College-the nation’s leading historically Black, private liberal arts college for men. With noted alumni such as the 16th U. S. Surgeon General David Satcher and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and director Spike Lee, the MCEC was established to continue the Morehouse legacy of educating dynamic leaders in business and innovation.
Our award-winning programs have received national recognition, including the 2009 Entrepreneurial Advocate of the Year Award by the Minority Business Development Agency (“MBDA”) of the U.S. Department of Commerce.