Empowering Texas Small-Business Owners: Texas Black Expo, Houston Area Urban League, and Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce Host “Coffee & Conversation”

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Jeff Hoffman, member of Priceline.com founding team and global entrepreneur, to keynote June 20 event at Four Seasons Hotel Houston

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I am honored to join Texas Black Expo and the other esteemed organizations to equip business owners with useful insight on surviving and thriving in today’s competitive business environment, says global entrepreneur, Jeff Hoffman.

In order to provide entrepreneurs and small business owners with the knowledge and resources needed to succeed in an evolving marketplace, Texas Black Expo (TBE), host of the largest African-American empowerment festival in Texas, is hosting “Coffee & Conversation,” a business empowerment breakfast and roundtable, on Friday, June 20.

The conversation, at 7:30 a.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel, 1300 Lamar Street, will feature a keynote address from Jeff Hoffman, a member of the Priceline.com founding team. TBE is partnering with Houston Area Urban League (HAUL) and Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce (GHBC) for the event.

“Texans are known for their entrepreneurial spirit and their passion for innovation and development,” Hoffman said. “I am honored to join Texas Black Expo and the other esteemed organizations to equip business owners with useful insight on surviving and thriving in today’s competitive business environment.”

In addition to Hoffman’s keynote, Coffee & Conversation will bring together some of the state’s foremost business and community leaders for an entrepreneur roundtable discussion. Coffee & Conversation is just one event that will address business empowerment at the 11th Annual TBE Summer Celebration, which runs June 19-22.

“Jeff is a sterling example of how innovation, passion, and entrepreneurial drive can lead to exemplary success,” said Leonard James III, GHBC president. “He is truly a visionary in his field.”

“Jeff’s message is an inspiration to local entrepreneurs looking for support in an increasingly challenging business climate, and when businesses are empowered and mobilized, entire communities thrive,” said HAUL President, Judson Robinson.

For more information about the TBE Coffee & Conversation, including ticket and table purchases, visit texasblackexpo.com

Approximately 25,000 attendees are expected to attend the TBE Summer Celebration, which also includes a health and wellness exposition, entrepreneur and youth empowerment summits, entertainment events, and a small business marketplace. Expo events will also feature a star-studded line-up of celebrity guests, including lyricist MC Lyte, music sensations Morris Day and The Time and nationally syndicated radio host Tom Joyner, among others.

Texas Black Expo is a nonprofit organization with a mission to stimulate growth and development within urban communities by strengthening businesses, inspiring youth, and building better lives. Texas Black Expo hosts Texas’ largest African-American empowerment festival, which is consistently held to coincide with the Juneteenth holiday. Founded in 2003, the Expo and has successfully touched more than 120,000 lives with business development programs, youth entrepreneurship initiatives, health and wellness expositions, and community events. For more information, visit texasblackexpo.com, or @TexasBlackExpo on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce (GHBC), formerly the Greater Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce, has advocated for African-American business owners and professionals in the Houston area since 1935. Close to eight decades later, as the city's first African-American civic organization and the nation's second oldest African-American Chamber of Commerce, the mission and vision of GHBC have flourished. The organization remains focused on providing advocacy, awareness, and access to African-American businesses within greater Houston. GHBC is a member of the Texas African American Association of Chambers of Commerce, which serves as a leading advocate promoting the development and enhancement of local African-American chambers of commerce. For more information, visit http://www.ghbcc.com.

The Houston Area Urban League, founded in 1968, has been a voice for poor and disadvantaged people of all races and has a long and distinguished record as an agency that offers tangible, lasting benefits to all members of the community without regard to age, sex, race, physical limitations, or ethnic background. It is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, community-based United Way agency, affiliated with the National Urban League.

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