International Business Leaders Converge in Bahamas to Promote Small Business and Minority Entrepreneur Engagement in Global Trade at Global Business Summit May 8-9, 2009

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Global Business Developers leads major trade summit to Grand Bahama Island which supports global education and trade. More than 50 business leaders, trade experts, economic development professionals, tourism officials and entrepreneurs from all continents will convene in Grand Bahama Island to address the Summit's 2009 theme: The Flow of Money: Gaining Competitive Advantage through International Trade.

The holding of this summit in Grand Bahama this year is significant in that it coincides with the meeting of Commonwealth countries delegation of local government practitioners from every corner of the globe. Franzelle Pertilla, CEO of Global Business Developers and event producer states, "Global Business Summit is aimed at, in the short term, networking individuals and institutions, which is in itself a process building for collaboration; in the long term, however, it is envisaged that through collaboration entrepreneurs will be able to more effectively compete, sustain and grow their businesses. In an increasingly globalized economy, research supports that entrepreneurs must look beyond the domestic shores for innovation and new business development. "As business persons, we are cognizant that the world is a competitive market place and we must not operate in isolation. That your chosen theme: "Gaining Competitive Advantage Through International Trade" speaks to business growth and development, while contemporaneously promoting synergistic relations between businesses both for our respective cities and globally, is most timely.", states Gregory K. Moss, President of Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce.

Global Business Summit is endorsed by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce, Turner Broadcasting System Supplier Diversity Program, University of Georgia Small Business Development Center and other institutions. As emphasized by Chief Tunde Adetunji, the Africa cultural ambassador and CEO of Africa Heritage Foundation, Atlanta, Georgia, "Bilateral and trade agreement commences with cultural affinity. This Summit provides the ideal values and setting for bilateral discussion, business opportunity, as well as the significant role that Islands of the Bahamas could play in repositioning itself in global markets between Africa and the Diaspora." Chief Tunde is visionary of the USAFRICA project "BRIDGING THE GAP AND BUILDING THE BRIDGE" in partnership with the Africa Union and supported by the Federal Government of Nigeria and many others.

Global Business Summit will focus on these sectors & activities:

  • Construction
  • Freight Forwarders
  • Promotion & Development Agencies
  • Information & Communication
  • Technology
  • Interpretation Services
  • Real Estate
  • Technology
  • Travel & Tourism

Discussions will be structured in the following sessions:

May 8th - Island Reception, The Westin at Our Lucaya Conference Center
May 9th -Opening Plenary

  •     The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation
  •     Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce

Charting Your Financial Course

  •     Amanda Harley, President, Black Label Strategies

Luncheon Panel Discussion: Navigating the Flow of Trade

  •     Rosemary Jones, Director, Supplier Diversity Program, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
  •     Dr. Doswell Coakley, President, JTR Group
  •     Dr. June Cooley, Psychologist, MAPS, Inc.
  •     Gregory K. Moss, President, Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce
  •     Hilton Smith, Senior VP, Turner Construction

Global Marketing Strategies

  •     Rick Martin, UGA SBDC International Trade

Building Strategic Alliances

  •     Edward Nelson, Jr., EAN International Consulting

Closing Awards Ceremony

Harbor Cruise


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