The Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce (MBCC) hosted its Fourth Annual UMOJA Awards & Benefit Saturday, December 3, at the Metropolitan Club in Target Field.
Despite a persistent snowstorm, hundreds came out to celebrate the accomplishments of the year, acknowledge outstanding entrepreneurs, and encourage college students to continue on their path to graduation.
MBCC launched its new College Scholars Program to encourage mentorship of college students and ensure they not only enter college but have the support necessary to complete.
Keynote speaker Ryan Mack, CNN financial expert, gave a rousing speech on the importance of remaining humble while giving back and empowering others. Led by Phillip Miner who served as master of ceremonies for the evening, the affair was spotlighted by a live and silent auction, music by C-Sharp, and a traditional African welcome featuring live drumming.
Award recipients include:
Anika International, Anika Robbins, and TLC Wafer Technologies, Dr. Timothy Childs, were awarded Outstanding Black Business of the Year under $1 million.
Keystone (KCS), Dorothy & Joseph Richburg, were awarded Outstanding Business between $1 million and $10 million.
Cut Fruit Express, Lawford Baxter, was awarded Outstanding Business over $10 million.
Xcel Energy was awarded Outstanding Small Business Advocate of the Year.
The 2011 College Scholar Award Winners are Octavia Cheathom, sophomore, University of Minnesota; Lulette Mola, sophomore, University of Minnesota; and Ahmedsadik Yusuf, sophomore, University of Minnesota.
For more information, call 651-224-4320 or go to www.minnesotabcc.org.
This information was provided by the Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce.