WASHINGTON, June 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Black Chamber of Commerce® is holding its 19th annual conference July 21-23 in Miami at the Four Seasons Hotel. The theme is “Making the World Business Friendly,” a nod to less regulation for a healthier business climate. Panels will include energy and telecom regulations, international trade, procurement, social media, managing your business and maintaining your wealth.

Two of this year’s award winners hail from the great state of Florida; Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-Fl) will be this year’s recipient of the Parren J. Mitchell Award and Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll will receive the Trailblazer of the Year Award. The Lt. Governor will also host a panel on the merits of opening or expanding a business in the Sunshine State.

The stellar accomplishments of John Biagas, CEO of Bay Electric will be highlighted when he is presented with the Entrepreneur of the Year award and John Boyd of The Black Farmers Association will be honored with the Arthur A. Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award.

Comcast/NBC Universal will instruct us and give recommendations on how to do business with their corporation. Ms. Tebelelo Mazile Seretse, Ambassador of the Republic of Botswana to the United States and Elkanah Odembo, Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya to the United States, will be on hand to discuss opportunities within their countries. Patrick Lozes, founder of the French African Diaspora Chamber of Commerce, will discuss francophone companies and Michael Harris, Chairman of NBCC International Trade Committee, will give updates on Gabon and Republic of Congo.

The National Black Chamber of Commerce is known for its advocacy on issues that affect a business’ bottom line and to that end updates will be presented on electronic payment exchange, digital download tax, fuel sufficiency and the always necessary educated workforce.

This networking event provides an opportunity to meet with entrepreneurs, business leaders and chamber executives and is open to the public. Registration is available at www.nationalbcc.org.

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