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By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 19 November 2008

Urban Forum Northwest discussion today will focus on what is working for small and minority business and what barriers still exists. We will discuss what immediate action a Barak Obama Administration could take to assist small/minority/women owned businesses in the short term.  This discussion will air on KKNW 1150 AM Tuesday November 25, 1:00-2:00 PM. I will be joined in this conversation by the following guests who will bring their own personal experience as legal advocates, business owners and as leaders of business organizations.
Anthony W. Robinson, Esq.  President of the Washington D.C. based Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MBELDEF), an organization founded and established in 1980 by the late Maryland Congressman Parren J. Mitchell to act as a national advocate and legal representative for the minority business community. Attorney Robinson is a member of the Maryland Bar, the United Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Judicial Court, and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Atty. Robinson's specialization is in civil rights, employment discrimination, and in minority business issues. He has provided testimony on numerous occasions before a number of Congressional Committees as an "Expert Witness" on minority business issues.
Ms. Ollie A Garrett, President and CEO of PMT Solutions a Bellevue, Washington based full receivables management firm. Ms. Garrett is President of Tabor 100 a business and economic development organization that serves the community in many capacities, including mentoring, awarding of scholarships; the Tabor 100 Legislative Committee monitors the local and national political process, and members provide testimony on small/minority business issues before local, state and national governmental entities.
Anthony Benjamin, Executive Director, Contractors Development and Competitiveness Center (CDCC) a division of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, an organization that assist established contractors move to the next level via CDCC's Pathways Program. CDCC was heavily involved in the two year formation of the Truckers Consortium.
Dr. Leon F. (Skip} Rowland, Director, Urban Enterprise Center, Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce has served as bridge between mainstream business community and the minority business community. Dr. Rowland is well on his way to developing a "Rainbow Chamber" of diverse cultures will focus on business development.
Urban Forum Northwest streams live at www.1150kknw.com.

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