Maryland celebrates Black Business Week with a number of events in the Baltimore region.
The 18th Annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference, to be held from Thursday through Saturday at the Baltimore Convention Center, is expected to have a large economic impact on the city.
More than 7,000 participants, including at least 3,500 corporate executives from out of town, are expected to attend, according to Tyrone D. Taborn, chairman and CEO of Baltimore-based Career Communications Group Inc. He also is the event's founder.
Taborn estimates the gathering will bring $10 million to the city. His firm publishes several magazines, including U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology, Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology and Women of Color Conference Magazine.
"Superior technology will provide the future for this country, and particularly for African-American children -- but what they lack is a road map on how to fulfill their tech dreams," Taborn said. "What the Black Engineer of the Year conference does is give them real-life, relevant role models.
"The men and women we honor come from the streets of big cities and the farms of the south -- and the American experience has created the soul of their achievement," he added. "Corporate America sees the value of diversity and how it ties into their long-term competitiveness. This conference serves as a conscience to remind everyone of how critical minority talent management is."
The event -- which also includes seminars, as well as a jobs fair and trade show -- attracts students, college administrators, recruiters, scientists and engineering and IT professionals, Taborn said.
This year's Black Engineer of the Year is Anthony R. James, president and chief executive of Savannah Electric Southern Co., a Georgia-based utility company. Other honorees include Byron M. Green, a DaimlerChrysler Corp. subsidiary vice president; Angela Barbee-Hatter, an engineering manager; and Dallas Delaney, a manager for Abbott International Inc.
For more information, call 410-244-7101.
Other events this week include:
The fifth annual African-American Business Forum will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Baltimore Hyatt, 300 Light St.
Speakers include Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, University of Maryland-Baltimore President Dr. David J. Ramsay and Joshua I. Smith, chairman of the Washington-based Coaching Group, a management consulting group.
"These events are important for information-sharing and gathering -- and they help entrepreneurs to identify sources of capital and markets for their goods and services," said Ackneil M. Muldrow II, president of the Development Credit Fund, which lends capital to small businesses.
Muldrow also is president of the Baltimore Marketing Association, which is sponsoring the forum. For more information, click here or call 410-235-4427.
The Howard County Economic Development Authority sponsors a seminar entitled "Marketing Basics for Business Growth" at 2 p.m. at the Center for Business and Technology Development in Columbia. For details, call 410-313-6550.
A town hall meeting will be held on the State of Black Business from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. For more information, call 443-858-2684.
The Greater Baltimore Committee and the Greater Baltimore Technology Council will sponsor a "2004 Biotech Series" session on venture capital funding from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the GBC's offices at 111 S. Calvert St.
Speakers include Chris Cantarella and Rene Salas of Ernst & Young LLP. For more information, call 410-727-2820.
Making vacation plans? The African American Tourism Council of Maryland can help. The group meets from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, 300 Light St. to discuss cultural tourism. For more information, call 410-783-5469.
Learn about tourism in Maryland at a joint meeting of the Baltimore Marketing Association and the National Association of Black Accountants.
Robert L. Steele III, vice president and general manager of the Inner Harbor Hyatt Regency Hotel will discuss "The Impact of African-Americans on Tourism and the Maryland Economy."
The session takes place at 6:15 p.m. at the St. Paul's School for Girls at 11232 Falls Road in Brooklandville, near the end of the Jones Falls Expressway, in Baltimore. For more information, call 410-467-7502 or send an e-mail to BaltimoreNABA@comcast.net.
The Chesapeake chapter of the Society for Marketing Professionals sponsors its GSA FSS Program Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Maritime Institute, 5700 Hammonds Ferry Road. Call 443-423-1252 for details.
A month-long show celebrating "Diversity in Unity: Contemporary African American Ceramics," begins today. It is sponsored by Baltimore Clayworks and the American Craft Council. For details, call 410-578-1919.
See herds of SUVs in their native environment. The Maryland Recreational Vehicle Show runs through Sunday, and also Feb. 27-29, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. For details, call 410-561-7323.
In addition, several economic reports are expected this week:
The latest figures for housing starts are released by the U.S. Commerce Department.
Initial unemployment claims report is released by the U.S. Labor Department.
For next week Put this on your calendar: The biennial Jack the Ripper Conference will be held April 16-18 at the Comfort Inn at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. But you must register by March 1 if you want to attend this academic seminar. For more information, send an e-mail to Stephen Ryder email@example.com.