(BlackNews.com) – Nationally syndicated radio host and community activist Michael Baisden and professor Devin Robinson are linked to the “movement” that will be on display at the 5th annual Beauty Supply Store Start-Up Summer Conference in Atlanta.
Organized by Robinson (www.DevinRobinson.com), the conference is set for Aug. 16th-17th. Baisden will be the keynote speaker.
Baisden first met Robinson via telephone in 2006, when Robinson appeared on his show in connection with the documentary “The Korean Takeover,” which highlighted the challenges African Americans faced in the beauty supply business. At the time, Robinson owned three stores and had recently authored “Taking it Back: How to Become a Successful Black Beauty Supply Store Owner.”
Over the next several years, Baisden used Robinson as his show’s subject matter.
In 2007, Robinson founded Taking it Back University, now known as Beauty Supply Institute, an organization created to help aspiring owners get into the beauty supply ownership despite hurdles that make it difficult. He also began holding store start-up conferences in 2010 across the country.
“We remove just about every hurdle that is placed in front of entrepreneurs except the ones entrepreneurs place there for themselves,” said Robinson.
Summer and winter conferences – most of which were sold-out – were held in St. Louis, Cleveland, New York, Atlanta, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Beauty Supply Institute has opened almost 70 stores and generated over $13,000,000 in revenues for urban communities since its inception.
Asked what has led to the success of his organization, Robinson said, “I was an aspiring owner who had no help, yet became very successful running my own stores. I am a seasoned professor who understands the art of educating. I am a best-selling author and experienced entrepreneur who once worked in Corporate America. There is no real secret.
“It’s just that the path I’ve walked is the exact same path others are trying to walk,” said Robinson. “I’ve seen no money and I’ve seen tons of it. So I clearly understand the needs and dreams of average people and know how to deliver those dreams to them.”
An advocate for black business ownership, Baisden used his radio platform to rally those interested in becoming store owners by covering the topic periodically.
“It’s one thing to talk about black business ownership but it’s another thing to be bold about doing it,” said Robinson of Baisden. “Michael has been the best advocate for this movement! He was our go-to guy and number one resource at that time. I watched him rally for Jena 6 and other issues that faced the black community. I felt he was bold and genuine and that’s the kind of people I choose to work with every day. The black community needs others like him and any media/organization that taps him will get results!”
Baisden will speak on the first day of the conference then hold a book signing. Those interested in attending the conference or only having lunch with Michael Baisden can register at www.BeautySupplyConference.com or by calling 404-551-4398.