PowerNetworking 2006 Conference Makes History in Atlanta As Some of Black America's Best & Brightest Minds Share the Stage

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3000 people attended Black America's Largest Networking Conference and got a lesson on how to connect, network, and turn contacts into contracts. Notables such as Cornel West, Julianne Malveaux, Michael Eric Dyson, Al Sharpton, Myles Munroe, Na'im Akbar and others headlined a list of over 150 speakers and workshop leaders.

More than three-thousand eager and energized men and women, who attended the PowerNetworking Conference 2006, got a lesson in how to connect, network and turn contacts in to contracts at Black America’s largest networking conference.    

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Dr. Cornel West, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Reverend Al Sharpton, Les Brown, Dr. Julia Hare, Valerie Daniels-Carter, Dr. Na’im Akbar and Reverend Dr. Myles Munroe, headline a list of over 150 speakers, workshop leaders and panelists who shared their expertise at this Fifth Annual PowerNetworking Conference, held June 14 – 18, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Atlanta. George Fraser, CEO & Chairman of FraserNet, Inc. and America’s networking guru, as noted by Black Enterprise Magazine, called on a few of his friends who delivered the kind of messages that trained, inspired and empowered the participants in this year’s conference.

PowerNetworking 2006 attracted Black and other minority professional and business owners from Canada to California and Seattle to Savannah, in Africa and Alabama, Cleveland, Ohio (the former home of the PowerNetworking Conference) and Cleveland, TN, and many other cities across the country. This five-day conference was the place to connect for business-to-business and business development opportunities. “This is not an issues conference,” says George Fraser, “the NAACP, PUSH, and The Urban League are doing a great job in defining issues that must be addressed. This is a business conference. This is a conference where you come to build business relationships, because business is about relationships.”

Atlanta leadership including Attorney General Thurbert Baker, Fulton County Commissioner Nancy Boxill, City Councilpersons Kwanza Hall and C.T. Martin, and many other State Representatives and

State Senators turned out to cut the ribbon at the opening of PowerNetworking 2006. The Town Hall Meeting, a lively discussion on the topic of “The Future of Black Business in America: Stay In or Cash In?” was a give and take with some of Black America’s best and brightest minds, including Dr. Jonathan Jefferson, James Lowry, Harriet Michel, Chuck Morrison, Clarence Smith, Daniels -Carter, Dyson, West, Sharpton and Malveaux.

Conference awards were given to Ronald N. Langston, National Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), and Xernona Clayton, founder and creator of the Trumpet Awards, who received Professional-of-the-Year Awards. Valerie Daniels-Carter, a Burger King Franchisee and president of V & J. Foods, Inc. and Clovis L. Prince, founder and president of Prince & Associates, a multi-million-dollar corporation, received the Entrepreneur-of-the Year Awards.

The BrainShare Luncheon, a celebrity auction of intellectual capital, provided an opportunity to raise funds for HBCU students to received free registrations to attend future PowerNetworking conferences. Celebrities participating in this year’s auction included Tavis Smiley, Alonzo Mourning, Anthony Anderson, Brenda Russell, Hill Harper, Michael Eric Dyson, Cornel West, and FraserNet’s own George Fraser. The auction raised approximately $40,000. Students from Atlanta’s Black colleges will receive scholarships for registrations to PowerNetworking 2007. A partnership with Clark Atlanta University will be in place for the PowerNetworking 2007 Conference.

George Fraser set out the following six goals for the registrants of the PowerNetworking Conference to achieve over the next twelve months. (1) Double your streams of income; (2) A 50% increase in business relationships with Black people; (3) A 25% annual decrease in purchasing from companies that do not support us; (4) Save or invest at least 12% of your annual gross income; (5) Save one child other than your own -- with a special emphasis on Black boys; and (6) Become a member or a partner in FraserNet.

The nationally syndicated radio shows of Bev Smith, Al Sharpton, and Michael Eric Dyson were broadcasted live from PowerNetworking 2006 featuring interviews with conference guest speakers and participants and were heard on local radio in cities throughout the USA. The Town Hall Meeting and other conferences speeches can be seen in their entirety on The Word Network (seen in 30 million households); and interviews were also taped by Black Enterprise TV. Another plus for conference registrants were complimentary coaching sessions provided by the Black Professional Coaches Alliance (BPCA).

“Ford Motor Company has been a proud sponsor of the FraserNet’s PowerNetworking Conference, the largest African American networking conference in the nation, for five years,” says Jamy Hall, Director of Dealer Development at Ford Motor Company. “We share George Fraser’s business philosophy that sharing information and developing key connections are the keys to self-empowerment and community building,” she said. Other conference sponsors included AGL Resources, Save The Seed Ministries, Home Depot, UPS, Microsoft, The Coca-Cola Company, BellSouth, American Airlines, Anheuser-Busch, AstraZeneca, Courvoisier, Cracker Barrel, Exelon, ExxonMobil, Nielsen Media Research, Papa Johns, Prince & Associates, Prudential, Turner Broadcasting System, Verizon, Wal-Mart, Waste Management and Wendys.

PowerNetworking 2007 will return to Atlanta at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, June 27th – July 1st. For general information, contact 216-691-6686, ext 330 or visit http://www.frasernet.com. For sponsorship

information, call 216-691-6686 ext 201.

About George Fraser

George C. Fraser is the producer of the PowerNetworking Conference and Chairman & CEO FraserNet, Inc. Fraser is a successful entrepreneur, writer and speaker who has appeared on more than 300 television and radio talk shows, and speaks nearly 120 times a year throughout the world. His inspiring talks on success principles, effective networking, and wealth creation are popular with professionals, entrepreneurs and students. He is the author of Success Runs in Our Race and Race for Success.

About FraserNet, Inc.

FraserNet’s vision is to lead a global networking movement that brings together diverse human resources to increase opportunities. FraserNet, Inc. produces products and services that teach and promote effective networking, facilitates business-to-business & business-to-consumer trading, promotes mentoring and models for business development. FraserNet publishes SuccessGuide Worldwide—The Networking Guide to Black Resources.

Notes to the Media:

Photos from various events held during the conference are available in jpeg. Copies of some speeches and panels are available on DVD’s

Interviews can be arranged with George Fraser

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