Fri04182014

Business

Ron Busby – U.S. Black Chamber president – to keynote 2013 Benny Awards

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Ron Busby, president of the U.S. Black Chamber, Inc., will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 Annual Benny Awards Lucheon sponsored by the Black Business Association of Memphis (BBA).

BENNY is an acronym for Black Entrepreneurship and Networking Need You. The BENNY Awards recognize "superior achievement in business by minority- and women-owned businesses and by supportive corporations."

The luncheon event will be held on June 21st at the Memphis Marriott, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd., from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The U.S. Black Chamber is a non-profit organization that services Black Business owners. It is built upon "Five Pillars of Service" – Advocacy, Access to Capital, Contracting, Entrepreneur Training and Chamber Development.

Busby, a successful business owner himself, grew his first business, USA SuperClean, from $150,000 annual revenue to over $15 million.

A native of Oakland, Calif., by way of Houston, Busby has led and served on many boards and committees, including the XL II Super Bowl Host Committee Co-Chair, Arizona Governor's African American Leadership Council, The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, President of the 100 Black Men (Bay Area Chapter), the Urban League, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

The BENNY Awards are held annually to honor service and retail businesses, corporations and business professionals who have "reached new heights, provided exemplary service, business opportunities, or leadership to further the vision of minority entrepreneurship, empowerment, business development or community service."

The BBA of Memphis is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization founded in 1974. It is supported by the City of Memphis Department of Housing and Community Development.