How to play the Technology Game in Business

MIAMI – The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce Business Empowerment Networking Series (BENS), will be presenting, Technology: The Game on Tuesday, September 18 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Jungle Island 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail in Miami.

The IBM sponsored luncheon will feature Marc Morial, president of the National Urban
League. Marc Morial will speak on the National Urban League’s successful technology
initiatives and the steps small business owners and entrepreneurs need to make so that
technology will work to increase the bottom line.

The luncheon will also include a special session with IBM- How Technology Impacts Business Growth-Speaker Denise Evans, Marketing Development Executive, IBM

Marc Morial

In the words of one major publication, President and CEO Marc H. Morial is ushering the National Urban League into a “new era with street smarts and boardroom savvy.”

Elected in May of 2003 as the eighth president and CEO of the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights and direct services organization empowering African Americans and other ethnic communities, Morial has helped propel the league into the forefront of national discourse on public policy issues, research and effective community-based solutions in urban America.

He has also been twice recognized by the Non-Profit Times as one of America’s top 50 non-profit executives and has been named to Ebony’s 100 “Most Influential Blacks in America” list.

Upon his appointment to the league, Morial established an ambitious five-point empowerment agenda encompassing Education & Youth, Economic Empowerment, Health & Quality of Life, Civic Engagement and Civil Rights & Racial Justice that informs the league’s programs, research and advocacy efforts. He created the new quantitative “Equality Index” to effectively measure the disparities in urban communities across these five areas. The index is now a permanent fixture in the league’s much-heralded The State of Black America report.

Under Morial’s leadership, the league joined a select group of nonprofits to receive the Better Business Bureau/Wise Giving Alliance’s seal of approval in 2007, the only civil rights organization selected. Mr. Morial established his President’s Council of Economic Advisors to assist the league in its efforts to mold public policy at the national level, and put the NUL Opportunity Compact, a comprehensive and ambitious set of policy prescriptions for economic change, on course for release in late September.

Prior to joining National Urban League, Morial served two distinguished four-year terms (1994-2002) as Mayor of New Orleans, maintaining a 70% approval rating. During his tenure, crime fell by 60 percent; a corrupt police department was reformed; and $400 million was appropriated for city infrastructure improvements, including the construction of 15,000 new homes, 200 miles of streets, a new sports arena and the expansion of the convention center. He also brought the NBA’s Hornets basketball team to New Orleans and was president of the U. S. Conference of Mayors.

BENS is a comprehensive quarterly seminar series created for small business owners and entrepreneurs to learn proven strategies that will help to grow and enhance their businesses. The cost to attend the networking series is $35 for non-members and $25 chamber members.

For more information and to register for the event, visit

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