US Black Chamber of Commerce leader to speak in NC

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The president of the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce is scheduled as the keynote speaker at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce's second annual awards gala.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/UoJrJR ) Ron Busby is slated to speak Saturday at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture.

The 54-year-old Busby heads the Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group that represents more than 110 chambers in 22 states. He focuses on five "pillars of service" - advocacy, helping black businesses access capital, entrepreneur training, helping members win contracts and boosting the membership of black chambers. Busby said he came to appreciate those priorities as a former small-business owner and corporate executive.

Those being honored include a chamber member, a small business and the person who brings businesses together for networking.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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