FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 18, 2013 Yandy Smith, Marc Byers, Bernard Bronner, Sharon Carpenter, J. Alexander Martin and More Top Guest List for National Black Chamber of Commerce 21st Annual Convention

The National Black Chamber of Commerce announces celebrity guest and panelist names for its 21st annual convention


NEW YORK, July 18, 2013 – The National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) has partnered with government, business, entertainment and fashion industry leaders to present its 21st annual convention, from July 24-26 in West Palm Beach, FL. The theme of this year’s convention will be Innovation: Growth, Profit, & Prosperity.


In addition to the convention’s primary panels, the Afashionmind Panel and Impact Business Panel will take place on Thursday, July25th and Friday, July 26, and feature distinguished guest speakers. Moderated by VH1’s The Gossip Game co-creator Sharon Carpenter, the Afashionmind Panel will highlight the business sphere of fashion and provide tips on fashion industry entrepreneurship. Featured speakers will include J. Alexander Martin, FUBU cofounder and Afashionmind show host; Harry and Thomas Alford, cofounders; Nova Lorraine, founder and designer of Nova Lorraine and editor-in-chief of Raine Magazine; and Randy Krupnick, owner of Posner Cosmetics.

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The Impact Business Panel will emphasize how to harness business potential and turn ideas into sustainable businesses. Moderated by entertainment manager Keymanna Paulas, CEO of Keymanna Management and cofounder of Music Biz 101, panel speakers will include entertainment executive and entrepreneur Marc Byers, founder of Rockstar Entertainment; Bernard Bronner, president of Bronner Bros. and publisher of Upscale Magazine; Yandy Smith, celebrity entertainment manager and co-owner and president of fashion brand Everything Girls Love; Neisha Butler, NBA and MSG reporter and CBS radio host; and Everett Hall, CEO of Everett Hall Design.


“This year for the very first time, we are featuring the fashion industry with the NBCC Couture House Trunk Show, which will also take place Thursday, July 25, and will feature a range of dynamic styles from worldwide designers,” remarks Dorothy Leavell, chairwoman of the NBCC.


In addition to these special guests, the international delegations of Suriname, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, and Senegal will be represented at the convention. Corporate partnership with Verizon, Visa, Southwest Airlines, Upscale Magazine, Allstate, Comcast and LegalShield has made these collaborations possible.


To register for the convention, please visit Registration includes access to the Welcome Reception, all panels, two breakfasts and one lunch. The VIP Welcome Reception, the Afashionmind Panel, and the Celebrity Business Panel will be open to non-NBCC members as well.


To catch live Twitter chats with distinguished panel guests, follow the National Black Chamber of Commerce on Twitter at @NationalBCC and search the hashtag #NBCCConvention.


About National Black Chamber of Commerce

The National Black Chamber of Commerce was incorporated in Washington, D.C. in March 1993 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to economically empower and sustain African American communities through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activity within the United States and via interaction with the Black Diaspora.



For media inquiries or more information, please contact:

Desirée Chavis, Media Coordinator

(646) 450-7937


SOURCE National Black Chamber of Commerce; Keymanna Management LLC





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