Minority Students Depart from the 7th Annual HBCU Career Development Marketplace Conference Inspired and Grateful for the Opportunity to Attend

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More than 300 top HBCU students and 54 employers attended the 7th Annual HBCU Career Development Marketplace, which boasted an agenda filled to the brim with workshops, town hall speakers, networking activities, and culminated with a career fair. With the help of generous sponsors and donations, the event is free of charge to the students who are invited, and includes transportation and hotel stay.

Students interviewing for on-the-spot hiring opportunities

Shane started the annual conference as a way to give back to the HBCU community, seeking to provide these students with inspiration, motivation, skills, and networking contacts that will benefit them as they graduate from their institutions.

As the 7th Annual HBCU Career Development Marketplace came to a close on November 8th, 2013, an overwhelming majority of students reported that they couldn’t get enough. More than 300 top HBCU students and 54 employers attended the 2-day conference, which boasted an agenda filled to the brim with workshops, town hall speakers, networking activities, and culminated with a career fair. With the help of generous sponsors and donations, the event is free of charge to the students who attend, and includes transportation and hotel stay.

The non-profit HBCU Career Development Marketplace was founded by Mr. Tariq Shane, who is also president and founder of his own business, the American Small Business Alliance. An HBCU alumnus, Shane started the annual conference as a way to give back to the HBCU community, seeking to provide these students with inspiration, motivation, skills, and networking contacts that will benefit them as they graduate from their institutions and begin transitioning to corporate America.

Help us make the 8th Annual HBCU Career Development Marketplace even better! Sponsor, exhibit, or participate in 2014. Join Land O Lakes, IMSolutions, UPMC, and Nordstrom, and others by making an investment in the success of our minority communities.

To find out how you, your organization, or your HBCU can be a valuable part of this inspiring, interactive event, visit http://www.hbcucareermarket.org or call (301) 596-6031.

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