Wednesday AM July 15th, 2009

A luncheon and trade fair today spotlights the efforts of minority businesses to grow in challenging economic times. Ed Mayberry reports.
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The Houston Minority Supplier Development Council's 2009 MBE Showcase and Luncheon at the Hilton Americas today focuses on "Transforming Obstacles into Opportunities."  The council's Dick Huebner says the idea is to bring buyers and sellers together, increasing the visibility of minority businesses.

"One of the most important things we can do is put people to work.  To do that, we need growing businesses, and this event is specifically about bringing minority businesses together with major corporations to find opportunities to grow businesses.  We'll be introducing 60 minority businesses to other minority businesses and to major corporations, and those businesses will show by their diversity in terms of industry and racial makeup just how diverse Houston's marketplace is."

Huebner says a recession can actually the best time to move your business forward.

"A lot of people, as they look at the economy today, see only obstacles.  But yet the successful people will realize that this is an opportunity to go after the marketplace, to raise your visibility, position yourself, because that market's going to come back.  When things get tough is when minority businesses tend to to do the best.  It's what you know about what the customer's really looking for, where you can bring value.  And then about who knows you, so that you have that relationship of trust."

The Houston Minority Supplier Development Council certifies that a company is minority controlled and links them to markets.  It's comprised of 210 major corporations and government agencies, working with 1,100 certified minority-owned businesses.  Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.

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Ed Mayberry

Local Anchor, All Things Considered

Ed Mayberry has worked in radio since 1971, with many of those years spent on the rock 'n' roll disc jockey side of the business...