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Chamber chief’s business pep talk
Busby keynotes Black Chamber’s awards
 
Published Wednesday, November 28, 2012 2:24 pm
by Herbert L. White

The president of the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce will keynote the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Black Chamber’s salute to business leaders.
Ron Busby will keynote the second annual Business Leaders Awards Reception at the Gantt Center, 551 S. Tryon St., on Dec. 8 at 6 p.m.  Tickets are $50 for general admission and $75 for VIP admission and a meet and greet.


Busby, a graduate of Florida A&M and Clark Atlanta universities, grew USA SuperClean from five employees and $150,000 in annual revenue when he took over the janitorial company from his father to a $15 million company in 1996. In today’s economy, he insists entrepreneurs will have to be more creative to build viable companies.


“The things our business owners need to concentrate on are the same they’ve had challenges with in the past, and that is that we’re working on our businesses as opposed to just working in them,” Busby said. “We’re going to have to do more partnering, more joint venturing and where it makes sense, we’re going to have to do some acquisitions as well.”


“The Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce is ecstatic to be given the opportunity to host Ron Busby at our second annual awards gala,” CMBCC President Renae Sanders said.  “Ron is excited about building a strong alliance with our chapter as well as provide local entrepreneurs with insight on how they can grow and sustain their business.”


Busby has earned numerous awards for his business acumen, including the Western Region SBA Small Business Person of the Year in 1996, Greater Phoenix (Arizona) Chamber Small Business Person of the Year in 2006, and Maricopa County Small Business of the Year in 2007. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Busby was a senior manager at Fortune 500 companies Exxon, Xerox, IBM, and Coca-Cola USA.


“I bring different backgrounds to this particular opportunity and call on all those skills to drive this organization through the maze,” he said.


Noting that companies owned by women and African Americans are the fastest-growing segment of business growth, Busby asserted that the economy is producing entrepreneurs through corporate downsizing and vendor opportunities.


“In 2011, the fastest growing business sector in the country was women (-owned) business, but African American owned businesses was one of the fastest-growing segments in reference to new business, so we grew in numbers and that number is still pretty consistent,” he said.


“Let’s just say there’s a lot of room on both sides.”


On the Net:
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce
www.cmbcc.org

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