Intentional Inclusion Was The Topic At The 7th Annual MIB Awards Banquet

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Nika White

Springfield, MO— The 7th annual Minorities In Business Heritage Award Ceremony was held March 16th at the Doubletree Hotel. There were about 160 in attendance. A formal dinner was served, while smooth jazz music was performed by The Arthur Duncan Trio who set an elegant mood for the evening. Executive Director, Samuel Knox welcomed the guests and recognized the event sponsors. He focused on the importance of cultivating business relationships in the Springfield area, and emphasized  networking and capacity building, two founding principles in the MIB mission statement. Board member Joe Robles led the invocation, followed by Brecka Henderson who sung the National Anthem. After there dinner was served, Board Chair Wes Pratt introduced Rayanna Anderson, MSU College of Business Community Engagement Liaison who talked about the David Glass Lecture Series. The keynote speaker was Dr Nika White. Dr White talked about Economic Inclusion and the principles that allow minority businesses to grow, prosper, thieve and compete more effectively in today’s market place. The Minorities In Business Heritage Awards Banquet was highlighted by the announcement of the Small Business Person of the Year Award who went to Terry Edwards, owner of Ascension Protective Services LLC. Ascension offers a full spectrum of security services for home, business and personal protection. If you are interested in attending the Minorities in Business Monthly Network Events, they are held on the first Tuesday of the month. MIB Networking events are open to anyone who is interested in: cultivating relationships with local minority business owners and connecting with local capacity-building business resources. For more information you can call (417) 837-2631