Bridgeport CT (PRWEB) February 07, 2014
The Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council (GNEMDC)
is opening the Community Business School (CBS) at its 333 State Street
offices in Bridgeport, CT on March 1, 2014. The Community Business
School will serve as a resource for early-stage minority entrepreneurs
in the area. Attendance is free. There are no prerequisites. There
are no grades. Success will be judged not by grades, but by growing
incomes, jobs and wealth in Bridgeport.
The Community Business School will be open every Saturday morning
from 9:00 AM to 11:30. Dr. Fred McKinney, President and CEO of the
GNEMSDC, will lead the morning sessions. The CBS will rely heavily on
successful entrepreneurs and business leaders to participate as guest
speakers and coaches. The experiential learning approach is the most
effective way to train early-stage entrepreneurs. The CBS may be the
first formal business training for program students, We believe that
there is great potential for success if inner-city entrepreneurs are
given the tools and a supportive environment needed to be successful.
Several corporate leaders from the area have pledged their support, including Paul Timpanelli, President and CEO of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council and William Jennings, President and CEO of Bridgeport Hospital.
The Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council is the
largest non-profit minority supplier organization in New England. With
offices in Bridgeport, CT and Boston, MA, the GNEMSDC certifies minority
business enterprises (MBEs) on behalf of its 600 corporate members.
The GNEMSDC connects those certified MBEs to the corporate membership.
The GNEMSDC is the regional affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council.
Fred McKinney holds a B.A. in economics from UCLA and a Ph.D. in
economics from Yale University. Before becoming the CEO at the GNEMSDC,
Dr. McKinney taught economics and business at Sacred Heart University,
Brandeis University and the University of Connecticut.