Black chamber hosts entrepreneurial speaker



An experienced businessman, entrepreneur and dynamic speaker is headlining an event aimed at African-American business owners and professionals.

The Grand Rapids Black Chamber of Commerce is hosting George Fraser, a bestselling author, presenter, business owner and entrepreneur during its third annual Entrepreneurial Speakers’ series luncheon, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Brown-Hutcherson Fellowship Hall, 1065 36th St. SE, Grand Rapids.

The event

GRBCC’s annual Entrepreneurial Speakers’ Series invites dynamic leaders across the country to present on a variety of topics meant to empower, sustain, and advocate for the African-American business and professional community.

This year’s annual event features Fraser, chairman and CEO of FraserNet Inc., presenting on the subject of growth and prosperity for small and minority-owned businesses.

The event is an opportunity for members of the community to listen to a keynote speaker, network, and connect with a global movement, according to a press release. GRBCC’s third annual Entrepreneurial Speakers’ Series event is open to the public and those interested in attending the event can register online at Eventbrite for $35 until Sept. 15.

The speaker

As a businessman, Fraser spent roughly 20 years in leadership positions at Proctor & Gamble, United Way, and Ford Motor Co. before he founded FraserNet Inc. The Cleveland-based company focuses on training, educating and empowering African-American individuals with new skills and approaches for personal, professional and financial success.

He is a bestselling author of four books, including “Success Runs In Our Race,” “Complete Guide to Effective Networking in the African American Community,” “Race for Success,” and “Click: Ten Truths for Building Extraordinary Relationships.”

Fraser is also the founder of the PowerNetworking Conference, which is an annual event inviting community leaders, professionals and business owners to learn about networking, entrepreneurship and wealth creation.

He graduated from Dartmouth College’s Minority Business Executive Program in 1996. Fraser also was recently inducted into the Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum.

The chamber

GRBCC was launched in 2011 to provide networking and educational opportunities to African-American professionals and business owners in West Michigan. The chamber is located at 625 Kenmoor Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, and has a mission to “empower, sustain and advocate for black-owned businesses and professional services in the Kent County area,” according to the press release.

“This is not a one-act play, it is a movement; so let’s get moving,” said Renard Johnson, president of the GRBCC.

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