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2012 Economic Development Forum has healthcare emphasis

"Minority" businesses looking for growth opportunities need look no further than the healthcare industry, where – according to the U.S. Department of Labor – you will find 13 of the nation's 20 fastest-growing jobs. And they are among the best paying jobs in the country.

That scenario helps explain the healthcare emphasis that the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum (MMBC) has built into the 2012 Economic Development Forum set for Aug. 27-29 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

Myriad healthcare leaders will discuss the future of healthcare and the potential impact on minority economic development during the CEO/Presidents Roundtable on Aug. 29, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Lisa Kranc, Autozone's senior vice president for marketing, customer satisfaction, will facilitate the panel discussion. The panelists are: Gary L. Shorb, president/CEO, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare; Stephen C. Reynolds, president/ CEO, Baptist Memorial Health Care; Reginald W. Coopwood, MD, president/ CEO, The Regional Medical Center at Memphis; and Andrea R. Price, FACHE, president/ CEO, Mercy – Northern Region.

The forum's overall theme is "The Continuum Begins: The Evolution Towards Market Efficiency in the Macroeconomic Environment." Other seminars include: The Power of Diversity & Inclusion in a Changing Economy; The New Normal: Developing Staying Power – Through Solutions & Efficiencies; Emerging Markets: Capturing the $ of the New Consumer; and 2GMBE: Developing a New State of Mind for Business Growth.

"Thought leaders" featured during the conference will include Dr. Leonard Greenhalgh, professor of management, Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business; Cheryl Pearson-McNeil, Nielsen's senior vice president for public affairs and governmental relations, NNPA columnist (including contributions to The New Tri-State Defender); and Lisa Price, the founder of Carol's Daughter.

To register and for schedule information, visit www.mmbc-memphis.org or call 901-525-6512.

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