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ENC 2016 - Striving and Thriving

Friday Sessions to Focus on Business Opportunities with HBCUs

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DURHAM, N.C. – It’s all about business at The Institute’s 2016 Executive Networking Conference, highlighting the theme: Striving and Thriving in a Value-Based Business Ecosystem – and featuring a panel discussion about business opportunities between the private sector with statewide leaders of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). ENC 2016 will be hosted by The Institute and Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council at The Ballantyne Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina, April 14-16. The conference includes a Wednesday evening welcome reception, daylong business workshops and panels on Thursday, and a series of discussions about HBCU business opportunities on Friday.

Program topics will highlight: Diversity Matters and feature diverse speakers from the National Minority Supplier Development Council, U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce, National Association for Latino Community Asset Building, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, IBM, Coca-Cola, Johnson Controls, General Motors and Merck. Mr. Cassius Butts of the Small Business Administration will provide the keynote speech during a luncheon, and awards will be presented on Thursday evening at the annual Willie Deese CEO Dinner, which honors corporate and community leadership in business.

Farad Ali, president and CEO of The Institute, said, “ENC 2016 will focus on business opportunities and providing real business solutions. Over the years, we’ve invested a lot of time and energy highlighting the challenges of business growth, and now we want to offer viable and profitable solutions that support economic development for diverse businesses, and we also want to nurture and grow a value-based business environment for our participants.”

The Institute is the voice and advocate for economic development within diverse business communities. Registration details and a complete itinerary for the 2016 Executive Networking Conference are available online at; participants can engage in the social media conversation using #ENC2016 and follow @TheInstituteNC on Twitter and Facebook.

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