MBE Magazine Launches 30th Anniversary with Celebration at WBENC National Conference and Gets Ready for the Big Event on November 1 in Orlando, FL

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MBE magazine launches 30th Anniversary with celebration at WBENC Conference.

MBE magazine launched its 30th Anniversary with over 300 attendees at their reception during the recent Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) National Conference and Business Fair in Philadelphia last month. A highlight of the event was the announcement of fifteen exceptional WBEs Who Rock winners, which honors women who excel, not only in business, but also play an active role in their communities. The winners are: Terena Bell, Pamela Chambers O’Rourke, Dr. Karen Eng, Donna Stevenson, Lisa Michele Chretien, Kate Dodge, Sharon Reynolds, Olsa Martini, Keshia Walker, Livia Whisenhunt, Ranjani Mohana, Pamela Isom, Sylvana Coche, Kathy David and Sheila Marmon. In addition, several interviews were conducted with key corporate and WBENC representatives live on the MBE red carpet during the business fair.

Barbara Oliver, publisher of MBE magazine, was on hand to welcome and thank the crowd for their continued support. Special thanks went out to SeaWorld Orlando, title sponsor and host of the 30th Anniversary Experience event in Orlando, FL on November 1, just prior to the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NMSDC) Annual Conference. “We are excited to have the support of SeaWorld as our title sponsor, to help us celebrate this major milestone in our magazine’s history,” said Oliver.

The publication is now launching a photo campaign entitled How Do You MBE? The campaign, which runs until August 15, asks longtime readers to submit a photo of themselves with an issue of the magazine, along with a brief caption explaining how and where they MBE. The photos will be featured in a special “How Do You MBE?” spread in the September/October Anniversary issue, and one very lucky winner and a guest will receive a trip to Orlando (airfare and two night accommodation included) to celebrate with MBE at its 30th Anniversary Experience.

In a fond farewell, the upcoming July/August issue of MBE magazine will feature the last oil painting cover style. Since the inception of the publication, the cover of each issue has been hand painted by artists over the years, the most recent of which is Robert Sherrill. This unique style has made MBE magazine a recognizable staple in the industry. “The decision to change our well-loved oil painting to a photograph was not an easy one,” said Oliver. “We believe that every picture tells a story, and a photograph captures the essence of an individual in a way that nothing else can.” This sentiment was reinforced by the overwhelming enthusiasm shown by readers and supporters for the May/June issue which featured our first photo cover. The final oil painting cover issue goes on sale, August 1.

Log onto http://www.mbemag.com to find out more about the contest.

About MBE:    
Minority Business Entrepreneur (MBE) magazine is published bi-monthly by Enterprise Publishing Inc. and serves as a nationwide forum for minority and women business owners, corporations and government agencies concerned with minority and women business enterprise development. Founded in 1984 by Ginger Conrad, MBE magazine maintains a strong commitment to economic parity as a lasting solution to the ills of poverty and discrimination.

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