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Chazbaby, 2003 Young Entrepreneur

2nd Annual Young Entrepreneurs Conference September 18, 2004 Benedict College, Columbia, SC


September 18, 2004 Dear Future Millionaire:

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2nd Annual Auntie Karen’s Young Entrepreneurs Conference! We hope that you will find this a rewarding experience and that you may leave this conference inspired to “Think Big”. I would like to thank Valerie Goodwin for her leadership, as well as the dedicated committee and board members who volunteered their time and talent to bringing this vision to life. We have gathered some of the best minds in the region to share their stories with you. It is our desire that you leave here inspired to create a vision of your own. The Auntie Karen vision started in the Fall of 2001. But my love for creating a business started around age six. Today, as you visit “Successville” you will meet Young Entrepreneurs who are making their dreams come true. All of them are under the age of 25. Each Young Entrepreneur will have a story to share with you about how they started to dream. Listen, you could discover the success to success! Best wishes for an informative and entertaining day! May you begin your own vision for a successful tomorrow!

Sincerely, Karen Alexander


Time 9:40 AM -10:20 AM

Session A

Time 9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Opening Ceremony

Conference Schedule

Room 104

Little Theatre

Computer Lab A Computer Lab B

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Brantley Evans Jo Jo English Rick Henry

Business of Sports

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WOW Presentation:Graphic Design

Business Etiquette: Millionaire Choices

Bank on It

Good Credit, Gotta Have It

BUSINESS OF SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT Chuck Nice Business of Entertainment:Hip Hop Phonics Nikki Hunter Collard Greens

Yoma Edwin Mildred Allen/Carmen Flemming

WOW PRESENTATIONS

Mike Thomas

BUSINESS ETIQUETTE

Nate Barber

Room 103

Computer Lab C

Sherry King Will Smith

Room 108

Room 204

TCB: Taking Care of Business

BUSINESS FUNDAMENTALS Cleveland Thomas

Session You're World Is As Big As You Make It

Room 206 Room 206 Room 206

Speaker Christopher Leevy Johnson

Speaker Session MEET SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURS Norris Ashford Meet Successful Entrepreneurs Russell Washington Veronica Barnett

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Session B Time 10:30 AM - 11:10 AM

Room 103

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Computer Lab A Computer Lab B

Business Etiquette

Good Credit, Gotta Have It

TCB: Taking Care of Business

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Graphic Design

Jackpot: Free Business Information

BUSINESS OF SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT Carolyn Sawyer, Moderator Business of Music DJ Prince Ice Chuck Nice Sunn Joyce Cheeks AJ Savage

Yoma Edwin Mildred Allen/Carmen Flemming

WOW PRESENTATIONS

Richland Co. Library

JACKPOT: FREE BUSINESS INFO

BUSINESS ETIQUETTE Angela McQueen Patterson Debora Lloyd

Room 108 Room 108

Computer Lab C

Sherry King Will Smith

Room 204

Speaker Session MEET SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURS Jerry Ellison Entrepreneur Cassandra Rush Entrepreneur Norris Ashford Entrepreneur BUSINESS FUNDAMENTALS Cleveland Thomas

Room 206

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1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Successville

Lunch Session 12:40 PM - 1:00 PM

Session C Time 11:20 AM - 12:00 PM

Gym

Little Theatre

Room 104

Little Theatre

Computer Lab A Computer Lab B

Computer Lab C

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Business Etiquette-Verbal/Nonverbal Communication

Powerpoint Graphic Design

WOW PRESENTATIONS Mildred Allen/Carmen Flemming Yoma Edwin

Young Entrepreneurs Showcase/ Entertainment

Young Entrepreneurs Gary Washington

ADVISORS FORUM Angela McQueen Patterson Joyce Cheeks Sandra Flippen Todd Rutherford

Meet the 2004 Young Entrepreneurs Motivational: Dreambuilding

Breaking Into the Industry-Advisors

BUSINESS OF SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT Carolyn Sawyer, Moderator Business of Music DJ Prince Ice Chuck Nice Sunn AJ Savage

Jackpot: Free Library Resources

Richland Co. Public Library

JACKPOT: FREE BUSINESS INFO

Donald Martin

BUSINESS ETIQUETTE

BUSINESS FUNDAMENTALS Melvin Miller

Room 206 Room 206 Room 206

Bank on It

Speaker Session MEET SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURS Norris Ashford Entrepreneur Jerry Ellison Entrepreneur Cassandra Rush Entrepreneur

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2004 Young Entr epr eneur s Entre preneur eneurs

Daniel Ancr um III Ancrum

Ancrum Services, Catering Company At the age of 23, Daniel Ancrum is the proud owner and operator of Ancrum Services: Computer Communications, Creative Cakes and Ancrum Catering Service. This Charleston, SC native has been in business for over 9 years. Daniel, the son of Ms. Patricia S. Ancrum and the late Daniel Ancrum, Jr., is a Cum Laude graduate of Benedict College’s School of Honors where he earned a Business Administration degree in 2003. “ I envision myself as the owner of Après Vous, a place where one can dine in a sophisticated and elegant manner”. Contact Info: ancrumservices@blackplanet.com 803-237-0900

Yoma Ed win Edwin

TrenMedia Group, Advertising Firm Yoma Edwin is the Founder and President of TrenMedia Group . As President, Yoma Edwin, is responsible for the organization, management and communication of all projects. He has over seven years experience in advertising and web development. Yoma has a Mass Communication degree from Benedict College.

TrenMedia Group is an interactive advertising firm founded to help small to medium size businesses understand the importance of creating value to their brand through advertising. Clients include: Columbia Urban League, Sunrise Enterprise, 440 Creative, Gergel Nickles & Solomon, SCDSS, Tom Sawyer Company and Comedy House Theater. Contact info: www.trenmedia.com 1-803-233-3670

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Chad Hollo way Hollow

Chad Holloway, Hat Designer Chad Holloway, the eldest of five children, is from Toledo, Ohio. He is in his Junior Year at Benedict College pursuing a Business Administration degree with a concentration in management. Designing hats have been a fantasy of Chad’s since the fifth grade. Growing up in church he always thought hats were unique and they stood for elegance. Chad is known for his all around talents such as: singing, coordinating, designing women’s dress hats, cosmetology, creativity, love and his willingness to help others. He is thankful for all God has chosen, purposed and ordained him to do. Contact Info: osumgod@yahoo.com 803-253-5618

Jor dan K elle y ordan Kelle elley

Jordan Kelley, Inc., Model, Dancer, Actress Jordan started competing in pageants at 5 months old. During her four years in pageantry, she was awarded several National Awards and also International Awards. She left the pageantry world to pursue modeling and dancing. Jordan has been involved with ballet since four years old to the present. She has also received awards for runway competition which she loves to do. Jordan loves to be at the center of attention whenever possible! Jordan has attended several different modeling/acting classes such as: John Robert Powers in Charlotte, NC; Millie Lewis in Columbia, SC and Oasis Model and Talent in Columbia, SC. Ballet training includes: Pavlovich Classical Ballet in Columbia, SC Columbia Dance Academy with Ethnic Expressions Dance Theatre in Columbia, SC. Contact Info: Contact Saundra Kelley 803-790-1043 skelleysandy@earthlink.net


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Antoine Miles

ATM Music Productions, Musician

Antoine Miles is a Benedict College senior music education major concentrating in jazz piano. This Columbia, South Carolina native is a gifted piano player, as well as, accomplished on the trumpet. He graduated from Eau Claire High School in 2000 where he performed with the marching band, jazz band, concert band, chorus, and gospel choir. His musical repertoire includes being music director of the national award winning Benedict College Gospel Choir. At Benedict, he also performs with the vocal jazz ensemble and the concert choir. He was privileged to travel to New York to a conference of the International Association of Jazz Educators as well as traveled this past summer to Los Angeles with the Charles B. Jackson Singers of Brookland Baptist Church. Around town you may see Antoine Miles performing with the legendary “Skip” Pearson and his Jazzology sessions at the popular Hunter-Gatherer Club on Main Street or hear him play at the Brookland Baptist Church. He also does a number of solo performances at weddings, receptions, and other private occasions. This young performer is inspiring a new generation of musician as he perfects his craft by teaching music workshops to underprivileged youth at Forest Drive Baptist Church and other venues. Contact Info: Antoine Miles: Milesmusic2002@yahoo.com 803.754.5418 (h); 803.479.7402 (c). 226 Lakeridge Parkway, Columbia, SC 29203

Jak e W illiams ake

Imagination Graphics, Graphic Designer

Jake Williams III is the founder and President of Imagination Graphics. The company was officially formed in October of 2000. After obtaining an enormous work load, he decided to expand and form a graphic design firm. His current staff consists of Katoria Jones, I Vice President (Graphic Designer and Photographer), Johnny Mathis, II Vice President (Illustrator), Ms. Debbie Williams, (negotiates contracts, grants, and helps to obtain loans), and Lawon Williams, video editing specialist (Media; Audio and Web Designer). They received their first contract from Auntie Karen, Inc.to redesign her Olivia the Octopus character. Soon additional Auntie Karen characters and other jobs followed. This work has contributed to the company’s success. Imagination Graphics portfolio consist of various projects from current and past project such as the University of South Carolina Agricultural department’s logo’ Low and Behold Record Label’s CD designs; and a City of Columbia sponsored program creating a business identity. Contact Info: jwilliams31979@aol.com 803-315-5692 Katoria Jones@ 803-315-936-1153

Cur tis Young Curtis oung,, Jr Curtis Young, Jr, Rapper At the age of 9 Curtis Young Jr. was inspired by his father to become a music writer. As a result of writing music he wanted to become a rapper. Curtis likes to wrap about the ‘hood’, meaning to wrap about Columbia, The Metro City.

India P atter son Pa tterson

IAP, Handbag Designer

India Patterson is a 16 year old senior at A.C. Flora High School. She came up with the idea for her business, IAP while serving as an Auntie Karen Foundation Youth Advisor. . “When I told Auntie Karen I wanted to start the business, she was right there to push me on. My family was there to support me, most important my grandmother. Auntie Karen got my name out and many people donated things to help me reach my goal. At her conference I learned the value and importance of saving and earning money. In my business I learned how to keep books and communicate with everybody. Having a business taught me a lot of responsibilities. I thank my family and The Auntie Karen Foundation for helping me build my future”. Contact Info: 803-779-0082

In 2004 he produced, with the help of his uncle and first cousin, his first CD titled ‘Tha Unda Ground Volume One’, to include instrumental beats. He has hopes of taking his music career to the highest point he can go. Curtis also wants to attend college and pursue an Engineering Degree. Contact Info: 803-754-8045

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Mildred Allen

Nathaniel A. Barber

Mildred Allen is a native Chicagoan with over 18 years of experience in IT starting from Computer Operations to Data Security Administration for some fortune 500 Corporations. IShe currently works for South Carolina Electric and Gas Corporation in Columbia, South Carolina as a Systems Analyst and Project Coordinator for the Information Technology Department. She is the Past President of BDPA-Greater Columbia Area Chapter . This organization was awarded the ‘Developing Chapter of the Year’ award twice and 2002 2nd runner up to the Chapter of the year in 2002 and 2003. She served asThe National Youth Conference Delivery Manager for four consecutive years. Mrs. Allen is also the recipient of the 2002 National BDPA ‘Member of the Year‘ Award and the 2003 National BDPA ‘President of the Year’ Award. She is a graduate of Southern Wesleyan University with a wonderful husband and three children.

Nathaniel A. Barber is an Assistant Professor of Management for the Department of Management & Marketing, College of Business Administration at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. He holds a Chemistry Degree from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from Indiana University. Mr. Barber began his career in 1978 as a Shift Manager at Milliken and Company. Through the years he has held numerous business positions with Princeton Pharmaceutical, ALCOA and Merrill Lynch.

NORRIS G. ASHFORD

Veronica Barnett

Norris G. Ashford was educated in Columbia, South Carolina’s Richland District I Schools, where he graduated from Eau Claire High School in 1984. Upon completing high school, he began working for United Parcel Service as a part-time package handler while he attended college full-time. Norris graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Management Science in 1988. Norris remained with United Parcel Service for more than fourteen years in positions of increasing responsibility including Part-time Supervisor, Service Driver, Account Executive, Customer Call Center Supervisor, Southeastern Regional Systems Coordinator and Senior Account Executive. In September of 1998, Norris pursued a lifelong dream of owning a business when he formed Ashford and Associates, a holding company under which he owns and serves as General Manager of Cottman Transmission, an international franchise that specializes in automotive transmission repairs. Understanding the importance of giving back, Norris has been an active volunteer mentor for the SC Department Of Juvenile Justice, Lewis Greenview Elementary School and Eau Claire High School. Norris is also active in numerous organizations including the Omicron Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., 100 Black Men of South Carolina and the Chamber of Commerce and he also serves as Chair of the Columbia’s Fatherhood Engagement Initiative Board of Directors.

This Leadership South Carolina graduate has published several papers relating to business management, ecommerce and minority business ownerships. He is a world traveler who is very active in the community. Nate has served as a member of the Rotary International Board of Directors, as well as President of the Rock Hill Arts Council.

Veronica Barnett is a Benefit Consultant for Benefit Solutions USA, LLC.

Joyce Cheeks Joyce Farr Cheeks is a Columbia, SC Attorney with a passion for Entertainment. She currently represents budding entertainers such as: Second Level, a hip hop duo and dancing sensation, Thomas Kelsey.

Yoma Edwin As President and Founder of Trenmedia Group, Yoma Edwin, is responsible for the organization, management and communication of all projects. Yoma has over seven years experience in advertising and web development. Yoma has a Mass Communication degree from Benedict College. Prior to founding TrenMedia Group, Yoma was project leader for several leading web development firms, a leading non-profit organization and a top state government agency Mr. Edwin is a Trenton New Jersey native.

Jerry Ellison Jerry Ellison is the President and Chief Executive Officer of JBE. Graduating from high school in 1965 as one of the top five students in his class, Mr. Ellison took undergraduate courses in Business Adminstration and Quality Management at Howard University from 1971 to 1978.

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1982, he started JBE, Incorporated providing quality services in the field of metal finishing and sub-assembly for such companies as Black and Decker, RBC Bearings, Thermal Engineering Company, Hansen International and A.O Smith. He later diversified adding automotive sub-assemblies, leading to contracts with Robert Bosch Corporation and Honda Manufacturing of South Carolina. He is an active member in the Chamber of Commerce for Hartsville, Florence, and the State of SC.


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Jo Jo English Stephen English, better known as “JoJo” is from Columbia, South Carolina. His nickname “JoJo” became a household word in the late 80’s when he played for Lower Richland High School and the school became state champions twice. He competed against the famous Michael Jordan in Dunk contest to a sold out Carolina Coliseum during the summer of ’88. “JoJo” played at USC from 1988-1992 and finished #9 on the all time scoring list. He led USC in scoring final three seasons. He was one of ten players ever to do so at USC. At the end of his college career, he held five records. From 1992-1994, he played in the CBA (Continental Basketball Association), the official development league of the NBA. He was selected to the CBA All Rookie First team, one of the first two rookies to get called up to the NBA [Bulls] - the Chicago Bulls. From 1994-2001, he played ball and had the opportunity to see the world as he played in France, Israel, Turkey, Australia and the Philippines. After seeing the world and many wonderful opportunities, Mr. English returned to USC and graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice on May 10, 2003. While attending school, he was the manager and practice squad coach for the USC women’s basketball team that went to the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament. He is now head assistant coach of men’s varsity basketball at Eau Claire High School. He is certified by YBOA (Youth Basketball of America). He also conducts the English School of Basketball, summer basketball camps and clinics. His skill in this field makes him an excellent trainer of WNBA and high school basketball players.

Brantley Evans Brantley is the former owner of Synergy Sports Management, a company that represents 13 NFL players, including Eagles running back Duce Staley and Jets defensive ends John Abraham and Shaun Ellis. Synergy originally was founded by Brantley Evans and Ricky Lefft in 1997.

Carmen Flemming Carmen Flemming has nearly 20 years experience in the IT field, primarily in IT education. Committed to bridging the gap in information technology, Ms. Flemming has successfully taught computer technologies to students ranging in age from elementary to college-level to senior citizens. As a community volunteer and IT professional, Ms. Flemming develops, coordinates and implements IT education curriculums for various organizations, including local schools and municipalities. She holds a degree in Mathematics, with graduate studies in Information Systems. Ms. Flemming currently serves as VP of Business Management for the Greater Columbia Area Chapter of BDPA, a premier, national organization for African American, IT Professionals and supporters. Ms. Flemming has also coordinated GCBDPA’s High School Computer Training Program, designed to introduce youth to the exciting field of Information technology, while grooming them to be next generation of IT leaders and entrepreneurs in our communities.

Sandra Flippen Sandra has more than 16 years experience in the Entertainment field as the mother of an actress and model.

Rick Henry Rick Henry is sports director for WIS News. He anchors sports weeknights for WIS News at 6, The 7:00 Report, and WIS News Nightcast. Rick also hosts Double Dog Dare, a popular segment in which he accepts a sports challenge from a viewer. Thursday nights on WIS News Nightcast, Rick shows the challenge and declares a “winner” - if one can be determined! The popularity of Double Dog Dare has created a spin-off feature for Rick, “Double Dog Safe”, an educational series designed to teach kids the rules of safety. Rick is a graduate of the University of South Carolina College of Journalism. A native of McBee, he began his career in 1981 as sports director for WPDE-TV in nearby Florence, SC. Since joining WIS in July, 1988, Rick has enjoyed covering many stories and special events, from NASCAR racing to NBA basketball and major league baseball. In his spare time, Rick enjoys running and is active in events for the Boys’ Club. He and his wife, Perrene have two children, Apryl and Brian.

Nikki Hunter Nikki Hunter is the CEO of Giovanni Edutainment, the creators of Hip Hop Hooks on American History

Sherry Gore King Sherry Gore King is with the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs. She is the State Representation for Life Smarts. LifeSmarts is a flexible classroom or group activity that teaches teens to be smart and responsible consumers and citizens.

Chris Leevy Johnson, Ph.D. Dr. Chris Leevy Johnson is the son of Attorney I. S. Leevy and Doris Wright Johnson. Born in Columbia, South Carolina, he is a 1992 Honor graduate of A. C. Flora High School. In 1996, he graduated Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina, majoring in Honors American History. While attending the University of North Carolina, he served as a Manager for the Men’s Basketball Team and was initiated into Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. After graduating from the University of North Carolina, Christopher attended GuptonJones College of Mortuary Science, graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science. He has a Masters Degree in American History as well as a PhD in American History from the University of South Carolina. He serves as an Adjunct Professor of African-American History in the African-American Studies Program. A fourth generation funeral director, he is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and is the Managing Director of the Leevy’s Funeral Home. An ordained Baptist minister, Dr. Leevy Johnson was licensed to preach the gospel at the Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia, South Carolina, where Reverend Charles B. Jackson, Sr. is the pastor, and ordained by the Gethsemane Baptist Association of the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina.

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Debora Lloyd

Collard Greens (Adrian Taylor)

Debora Lloyd is the Founder and President of Just ForYou Concierge Services, a multi-service company started over four years ago. Just For You Concierge Services specializes in event, conference, and seminar planning, professional services, personal services, and image consulting. They provide services to clients on a professional and individual basis. Services that enhance the quality of the client’s business and/or personal lives. “The use of concierge services is a forward thinking principal that speaks directly to the needs of clients to aid them in meeting their goals, while allowing them increased use of their valuable time. It is our goal our clients reap measurable benefits from using our services”. Just For You Concierge Services tailor our services to meet our clients’ specific needs. We pay special attention to details, we provide creative ideas, and we use our vast resources to ensure cost savings”.

Collardgreens is one of South Carolina’s hottest hip hop artist and producers. Adrian Taylor is a native of Columbia, SC. Greens, as he is known to the hip hop community, is a one man show who raps, writes, produces, dances, and DJs.

Ms. Lloyd has over 20 years professional experience in credit management, and insurance. P.O. BOX 24163 ©COLUMBIA, SC 29224 ©803.788.5484 DLLYD@MSN.COM

Donald R. Martin, Sr Donald R. Martin Sr. is employed at Midlands Technical College in Columbia, South Carolina were he serves as a Programs Coordinator for the Office of Campus Life. Mr. Martin has been with Midlands Tech since June of 2000.Prior to his employment with Midlands Tech Mr. Martin completed a 24 year career in the United States Army in October of 1998. Mr. Martin is very active in the Community. He currently serves on several local Boards of Directors, such as the Richland County Community Relations Council were he serves on the Employment and Government Affairs Committees, and on the Board of Directors of the Village of Hope Community Development Corporation were he serves as the Director of Programs. Mr. Martin is a member and past Vice President of the Columbia Urban League Guild. Mr. Martin strongly believes in Community Service and giving back to others, especially to our youth because they’re our future.

Melvin Miller Melvin Miller is a loan officer with South Carolina Community Bank.

Chuck Nice(Charlie Howell III, M. Ed) Chuck Nice, Inc. is an independently owned entertainment company. The company was founded in 1987 by president Charlie Howell III. It was licensed August 15, 1995, and was incorporated December 21, 1998. The company is comprised of four stockholder; O’ Neal Smalls, Coby Geter, Paris Thomas, and Charlie Howell III. CNI is a parent company that consist of a four subsidiaries: Chuck Nice, Inc. Disc Jockey Service, Pure Platinum Digital Recording Studio, Chuck Nice, Inc. Entertainment Newsletter and Chuck Nice Records. Auntie Karen's

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Presently, Greens is a junior at Columbia, SC’s Benedict College. He majors in business. Upon graduation, Greens would like to use his business degree to help him form his own record label in the future. This talented artist and producer became interested in the music business after becoming recognized as one of the top hip hop freestyle rappers and dancers on Columbia’s night club scene. Greens has won and placed in numerous talent shows and contest. Currently, Collardgreens is a producer and engineer at the Pure Platinum Studio, a division of Chuck Nice, Inc. Greens is known as one of the top producers in South Carolina. He has produces numerous tracks for SC artist. He is also working on several upcoming projects coming from Chuck Nice Records. One of them being his own debut album, currently untitled. He will also be featured on an upcoming state wide compilation, and numerous other project from Chuck Nice Records. Be on the look out for this multi-talented artist.

North Main Richland County Public Library The North Main Branch Library is a mid-sized library that originally opened in the spring of 1976 as the Northway Plaza Branch. In 1992, the branch moved to its current location. 5306 North Main Street, Columbia, SC 29203 Hours Mon. - Thurs., 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fri., Sat., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Branch Services · An auditorium with a seating capacity of 50 · A medium sized collection of books and materials · A self-help reference collection · Books-on-Tape · Music CDs and cassettes · Videos · Magazines and newspapers · Public access computers with online databases · Internet access · Word processing · Programs for children and adults Conference Instructors: Janice Surginer, John Browne, Patricia Mitchell


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DJ Prince Ice

AJ Savage

What’s cooler than cool…Ice Cold! Cool as Ice and twice as nice! Hip hop don’t stop at 6’1 rocking the B-boy stance its none other than the man next to the man, SC’s very own cool breeze…DJ Prince Ice! Hailing from Columbia, SC by way of Paterson, New Jersey, the young ice cold kid began mixing and scratching at the tender age of 5. The child prodigy mix master first touched wax when he began spinning old school jams for his peeps. Not only was Ice crazy on the turntables, but his ambidextrous talents extended to the piano, beat boxing, pop locking and break dancin’ “to the boogedy beat” at age 10. Inspired by Krush Groove, Breakin’1 & 2, radio legends Frankie Crocker, Marley Marl, Red Alert & William “Dr. Love Joy” Pee, and his ever loving mother, a Pam Grier look alike, these icons encouraged him to pursue a career in music. From the classroom to the streets, Prince Ice entered several talent shows battling to sounds of Planet Rock by the Soul Sonic Force. Twisting metaphorically, spinning effortlessly, and perfectly percolating Ice managed to build a rapport on the block which open doors to his emergence on the turntables at every block party around the way. Knowing it was his mission to make heads bob to the sounds of his 808, Ice began building his empire as an adolescent. His first real DJ job was in the Dirty South. At only 15 Ice locked down a teen club in Stone Mountain, GA with a raggedy mixer and a set of turntables, which was quickly upgraded before he became a major player in the Atlanta Star Record Pool. Dodging the ills of the streets and groupies in the DJ booth, Prince Ice managed to build his craft evolving into a terror on the tables.

AJ Savage is the Marketing & Promotions Director for J Records covering the Carolinas and Georgia. He represents the following artist: ; Alicia Keys, Busta Rhymes, Luther Vandross, Monica, Cassidy, Ruben Studdard, Mario, Tyrese, Next, RL.

Prince Ice was called to bigger and better things when he was spotted by (101.3 WWDM) the Big Dm’s Doug Williams, “the Quarterback of Radio”, while moving the crowd in the Metro’s Club New York. For 15 years of funk and counting, DJ Prince Ice has not found a party that he couldn’t fix…”cuz he could do it in the mix”! Whether it is breaking new artist or breaking new barriers, Prince Ice will continue to reign supreme due to his longevity through his integrity.

Cassandra Rush Cassandra Rush is the founder and owner of Arts and Expressions. Inspired by the spirit of her entrepreneurial dad, David A. Williams, Cassandra left an Engineering Career with Bell South to form the company in 1990. This mother of three is an Adjunct Professor at Benedict College.

Todd Rutherford Todd Rutherford is an attorney and a member ot the South Carolina House of Representatives for District 74. Todd iearned a BA fromHoward University in 1992 and a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1996.

AJ is a graduate of Benedict College, Columbia, SC and Montclair State College, Montclair NJ. He was a Communications major. With over 20 years in the Communications Field, AJ has worked on air and off promoting some of the top talents. While with Virgin Records in the late 90’s, he represented Tina and Janet Jackson. He established and serves as the President of South Carolina Disc Jockey’s Association.

William W. Smith While attending the prestigious Tuskegee University in Alabama for Marketing and Finance, Will started his first business endeavor - Nothing But Class Entertainment. With his strong network of contacts in the entertainment and sports industries, he hosted, marketed and produced national and local entertainment events, for profit and nonprofit Organizations. In the process, he helped raise over 1.3 million dollars in total revenues. In 1998, Will made a crucial decision to dedicate all his energy into business. The same year, he cofounded Digital Thoughts Media Inc, a web production and marketing support group. He was responsible for the financial and sales management of the company. In 2001, Will decided to channel his resources into real estate. He established Optimum Financial Services, a branch of Optimum Realty and Financial Services, a minority realty and financial servicing company. Over a one and half year period, Optimum Financial Services provided over 45 million dollars in real estate financing, and contributed to the economic development of commercial and residential communities in several states, including but not limited to South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, California, Texas, and Colorado. In 2003, Will formed National Assets and Acquisitions, a subsidiary of Optimum Financial Services, working with local government officials and lenders, to provide affordable housing for under privileged families in depressed communities. Will envisioned a synergy of his current businesses and a network of other businesses to further contribute to the overall economic development of South Carolina. He took action to bring the most qualified partners to share and develop his ideas. Together the group established Epiphany International Management and Consulting Group, LLC. A division of William W. Smith and Associates LLC. In March of 2003 Will married the beautiful Kimberly Wardlaw Smith.

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Gary Washington Mr. Gary A. Washington is president and owner of Carolina Procurement Institute, Inc., a professional business management consulting company that provides contract services and opportunitites to small, minority and women-owned companies using best business practices. The most rewarding, yet yielding part of CPI’s work is to seek and secure contract opportunities for clients. To that end, Mr. Washington is proactive in building relationships with private and public entities to introduce representatives of thes entities to a range of small, minority and women-owned businesses. Under his guidance and expert contract knowledge, businesses that were unable to get off the ground are now prospering and growing because of the contract awards they have received through CPI. Because of Mr. Washington’s impressive record of growing his business and sucess in securing contracts he was nominated for the Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year Award.

Sunn Born in rural Mt. Holly, SC as the sixth of eleven children to strict Pentecostal Holiness parents, SUNN is the quintessential renaissance man. His unique vocal, production, and lyrical styles defy yet embrace the genres and cultures of hip-hop, soul, rock, R&B & many more. An accomplished musician (self-taught 23 instruments by the age of 17) and entrepreneur (founder of multi-media company Eather Drive Entertainment), SUNN is poised to not only carry the torch of his predecessors, but to blaze new trails with it.

Cleveland Thomas, Jr. Cleveland Thomas, Jr. is a graduate of South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, South Carolina, where he earned a B.S. degree in Education. He also earned a M.A. in Business Administration from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri; and a Master of Public Service degree from Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky. He spent twenty-three years as an officer in the United States Army and attained the rank of Lietenant Colonel. During that period he had numerous state-side and overseas assignments. Subsequent to retiring from the Army, his first civilian job was Director, Governor’s Office of Small and Minority Business Assistance. While in the position, he also served concurrently as Director, Office of Rural Development. In December 1997 he was appointed Director of the Division of Economic Development Center, South Carolina State University. He is married and has two children.

Michael Thomas Michael Thomas is a passionate and powerful speaker. He has been working with youth for more than 10 years. Michael is a United States Army Veteran. He has worked as a Juvenile Correctional Officer, a Boot Camp Instructor, and a Recreation counselor. He is a seven year veteran at the City of Columbia Fire Department. Michael is Fire Instructor, First Aid, CPR Instructor, Deputy Fire Marshal, and Currently serves as the Public Fire Educational Officer.

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J. Russell Washington J. Russell Washington is the founder and president of Synergetics International. The firm specializes in holistic health care education / intervention and the development of biogenic cultivation technology. Synergetics International was formed to provide individuals and groups with greater access to holistic health resources and perform demonstrations of regenerative cultivation methods. Seminars about natural selfhealth care and on the cultivation of ultra-high quality, nutrient rich food crops have been popular. Washington is an alumnus of Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University graduate school. At the former he completed a course of study in interdisciplinary science focused on biology, chemistry, physics and research methodology, At Clark Atlanta University he continued with studies in biology. As a researcher, he worked to co-develop alternative nutrient/ feed production systems for use in developing countries. He directly supervised the installation of such systems in the Dominican Republic and advised field teams in Haiti, Nigeria, and Belize. During the same period Mr. Washington worked extensively, with the same team, on the problem of removing contaminants from waste water systems using combinations of genetically enhanced microorganisms. Washington is a systems biologist with a commitment to humanity and the integrity of the biosphere. Washington is also an apprentice trained in naturopathic (holistic) health care and medicinal herbology. He is a certified neuro-linguistic psychology (NLP) practitioner; and certified in clinical/medical hypnotherapy. As a result he’s adept at assisting motivated individuals with eliminating phobias, addictions, severe pain, body shaping problems, degenerative health challenges and many other complex syndromes that negatively affect life quality


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Carolyn Sawyer Glover As President/CEO of the Tom Sawyer Company, Carolyn Sawyer Glover capitalizes on her strength as a communicator to provide high quality, award winning Marketing Advertising Communication services worldwide. This veteran national network journalist and successful entrepreneur is dedicated to helping organizations achieve their communication goals using creative, challenging strategies.

Gervais Professional Suites Gervais Professional Suites, centrally located in the City of Columbia’s Business District near the South Carolina State House and the Congaree Vista, represents a good selection of spacious and modern suites. Located in a certified Empowerment Zone. Affordable rates starting at $ 225 to $850. To see your next office, contact, Mrs. Michele or Mr. Gary Washington @ 803-931-8881. Email: Gawcpi@sc.rr.com Gervais Professional Suites, 1811 and 1815 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201.

Sawyer travels extensively, stateside and abroad, to share her knowledge and cutting edge expertise with Fortune 500 companies, governmental agencies, non profits and educational institutions. The firm is headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina with satellite offices in Washington, DC, Greenville/Spartanburg, Charlotte, Atlanta and Dallas.

Angela Carr Patterson Angela Carr Patterson is a creative businesswoman with over twenty years of experience as an entrepreneur, producer, writer and speaker. The owner of Oasis Promotions, a professional development and entertainment consultant company, Angela has developed thousands of young people and launched numerous careers in the modeling, arts and entertainment industry. A global visionary, Angela has brought international awareness to the talent in the South by creating and producing The National Faces Going Places Showcase. This showcase is an event that features the south’s hottest new talent to often hard to reach entertainment industry professionals. As an entertainment consultant, and an expert in her field, Angela has worked with numerous of celebrities and aspiring artists. She was a former southeastern scout for the hit television show, “Ed McMahan’s Star Search”, and has produced several of her own “Music Box Showcases” in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Charlotte. Angela continues to be apart of a network of international affiliates which represent talent in high profile jobs, bookings and campaigns.

The South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) is the cabinet-level agency charged with ensuring the provision of quality services to prevent or reduce the negative consequences of substance use and addictions. DAODAS partners with public, private and social sector organizations to provide quality prevention, intervention and treatment services for the citizens of South Carolina.

Lee Cato, Director The department is located at 101 Business Park Boulevard, Columbia, SC 29203-9498.Telephone number: 896-5555; Fax number: (803) 896-5557.

As a speaker and workshop facilitator, Angela has inspired and encouraged people to develop personal power for over a decade. She packs her presentations with more experiential awakenings than advice, while evoking passionate dialogue from her audiences. She has the rarest of gift; the ability to explain complex truths in understandable, meaningful illustrations. Those who have heard her says she is real, down to earth and enthusiastic. A popular speaker for conferences and workshops, she shares the core fundamental principles from her self-published books,“The Ultimate Woman” and “The Revival of a Love Story”, both written in Angela’s heartwarming signature style. Angela received her undergraduate training from Columbia College and has developed/implemented Etiquette and Protocol workshops for youth, women, and businesses. She is

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Columbia Dance Academy Official Home Of Award Winning Ethnic Expressions Dance Theatre

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In 1992, Ethnic Expressions Dance Company was founded by Mrs. Barbara Hood to allow young people an opportunity to be recognized beyond the dance studio and to act as a catalyst in fostering self-discipline, self-esteem and positive expression. In 2001, the dance company was taken under the sole proprietorship of Ms. Susan D. Blue. The dance school was appropriately renamed Columbia Dance Academy and the performing company was renamed Ethnic Expressions Dance Theatre. Currently all dance classes are held on the campus of Benedict College. Columbia Dance Academy provides dance training to children from five to twenty one years of age and expresses a desire to participate with the performing arts. A native of New Jersey, Ms. Susan D. Blue attended the prestigious Garden State School of Ballet where she studied dance for more than thirteen years appearing in a host of ballets, performances and productions. Susan is a Harvard University Ukrainian Research Scholar (four-year scholarship recipient 1991-1995). She is a graduate of Benedict College and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Ms. Blue is a former member of the college’s Harold Odom Dance Theatre. While attending Benedict College, she studied dance under the instruction of the late Harold Odom and New York director and choreographer Walter Rutledge. As a dancer, Susan has made appearances as a guest performer in Benedict College’s “Soulful Noel” (starring Tramaine Hawkins), and “Epiphany” (starring Eartha Kitt). Susan also served as instructor & choreographer for Benedict College’s Marching Band of Distinction (2002-2003). Adding to her credits is her affiliation with the Dr. Juanita Scott Math & Science Summer Program (2002-2003), where she provided dance instruction and choreography to fifty students during the eight-week summer program offered at Benedict College. Susan credits her overwhelming success to her parents Dr. & Mrs. Daniel W. Blue, Jr., Mrs. Barbara Hood, and the entire Benedict College family for all of their continued support throughout the years. Ethnic Expressions Dance Theatre has a very diverse curriculum designed to develop a versatile dancer and to provide valuable performing experience. The pre-professional level dancer is exposed to the many genres of dance. The following training is offered: Classical Ballet, Modern Dance, Lyrical Dance, Jazz, Pointe, Praise Dance, African Dance, Body Conditioning, Partnering, Improvisation & Dance Composition. A Ethnic Expressions Dance Theatre has performed in “The Wizard of Oz”, Let’s Share in affiliation with Alex English, the annual Benedict College African-American Bazaar, Soulful Noel (starring Tramaine Hawkins), a host of collaborative performances with both the Benedict College Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Linda Kershaw and the Benedict College Gospel Choir under the direction of Minister Darryl Izzard. For student enrollment or booking information, please contact our studio at (803) 787-5115 or (803) 4142419. Auntie Karen's

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Collardgreens is one of South Carolina’s hottest hip hop artist and producers. Adrian Taylor is a native of Columbia, SC. Greens, as he is known to the hip hop community, is a one man show who raps, writes, produces, dances, and DJs.

Samira Gibson Young, gifted and talented is how one would describe Samira Gibson. Singing since the age of 5, this petite framed vocalist has claimed national attention by winning numerous awards in the performing arts industry nationwide. Samira uses her strong voice to dazzle her audience while telling a story that penetrates the souls of her listeners. Industry professionals have slated her to be this nation’s next big star. From Opera to Gospel, Samira sings from the deepest corners of her heart as she touches the spirits of all those who listen. This multi-talented teen has graced the stage as a vocalist, actress and dancer in several musical theatrical productions. All performed in her classic warm signature style. Samira just completed training at The Harlem School of The Arts in New York City, where she was offered a full scholarship. Samira has worked with the with the dynamic husband & wife team of Ashford & Simpson. Samira certainly has her finger on the pulse of what a “true artist” should be. Samira Gibson makes everyone who has seen her perform believe that big things do really come in small packages.

Brian McQueen Brian is a Sr. at the University of South Carolina. He is an accomplished Opera performer.


Ronnita Danae’ Copening

Ronnita Danae’ Copening was born in Philadelphia, PA. on July 14, 1987. She is the second eldest of five children. Parents, Ron and Danita. Although Ronnita possessed an awesome angelic voice, God added the gift of playing the piano and organ at the age of seven. She continued the groundwork from seeds that were planted. She currently attends Ridge View High School where she is a senior bound to graduate in May 2005. While at Ridgeview, Ronnita became a part of the high school’s gospel choir. She now uses her gift of music ministry at Rehoboth Baptist Church, Dr. George Gaymon, Pastor where she is the musician for the Children of Worship Youth Choir. She also ministers at Jerusalem Baptist Church in Hopkins, S.C. where Rev. Patrick Harvin is the Pastor as the youth musician. Her present venture is being apart of a community choir recently formed by Minister Darryl Izzard known as, Christ N U which ministers to young people in and around the state of South Carolina. Today, at the age of seventeen years old, she is first time recording artist striving to take her God-given talents to new dimensions. Ronnita completed her first demo project on August 14, 2004 and Debut concert on August 28, 2004. God is an awesome God, all praise due to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Under the management of Clarence Sims of Sims Productions, she has begun the awesome work that God has ordered for her life. She continues to write songs that warms the heart and feeds the soul. God has ordered her footsteps from birth and he continues to be the focal point in her young and gifted life.

Cortani Mims Cortani Mims attend Columbia High School. This 14 year old enjoys singing and is featured on Terence Young’s cd entitled “No Greater Love”, as well as Sam Jenkins’s “Blessed Assurance.

2nd Level Mike and Shaun of 2 nd Level have given a familiar flavor a new and exciting soulful twist. For the past ten years, the talented duo has formulated their own unique recipe for home-grown, soul-ripped, hip hop. Mere teenagers, these 18 year old artists/songwriters have laced the tracks on three new, exceptional releases, a part of their upcoming independently produced and self-titled album, 2nd Level. Shaun a Columbia, South Carolina native, lends a clever lyrical flow, while Mike, a native Brooklynite, sings with melodic precision to life wrought verses.

Special Thanks to: Don Patterson of DDCP Communications The following students are videotaping the conference: Melvin Dease Trulove Gilchrist Jarvis David Herod David Stephen Love Sade David Tanisha David The students are from The School District of Marlboro County Points of View Media Literacy Program”. For more information about the program please call (843) 479-4016. Dr. David A. Sherbine is the superintendent of the school system and Don Patterson is the media literacy consultant for the district.

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2004 Planning Committee Valerie Goodwin, Chairperson Karen Alexander, President Barbara Bowman Karen Davis-Greene Barbara Cheeseboro Debora Lloyd Bonita Clemons Sandra Kelley Linda Lane Deborah Woodard Darrell Black Linda Lane Brian McQueen Auntie Karen Foundation Board Karen Alexander, President Darrell Black Valerie Goodwin Karen Henry Dr. Norma Jackson Janet Johnson-Whipple, Secretary Gwen Jordan Debora Lloyd Tavia Murphy Quincy Murrell Dr. Phyllis Sanders, Vice-President Irma Scott Linda Wilson Tony Wise Deborah Woodard Dr. Linda Rochelle Lane

Special Thanks to: Benedict College Xerox of the Carolinas Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina WWDM 98.5 KISS FM The State Newspaper The Urban Scene with Don Frierson Calvin Reese Coke American Legacy Magazine State Farm The Black Pages Michelle Childs-Angus Jim Felder Paul Mitchell Luther Battiste Bea Rivers Virginia Mitchell Leroy Mosely Maggie Bostick in memory of brother, Charles Allen Gibson Michelle Dugar James E. Clyburn Foundation


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