Local Thought Leader to Speak on Global Entrepreneurism

Professor LaTanya White is Guest Presenter at President’s Coffee for Minority Chamber

[TALLAHASSEE] Some say 17,405 kilometers. Some say 10,815 miles. Either way, it’s the distance LaTanya White traveled last fall to spread her message of entrepreneurial education and access. Her trip to Bali, Indonesia, was a life-changing experience for White that took her advocacy to the global stage. She’ll share highlights of her journey with the public on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. at the President’s Coffee; a quarterly business and breakfast gathering hosted by the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce. The event will take place at the Pittman Conference Center at the Riley House/Museum (419 East Jefferson Street).

“Entrepreneurism is a hot topic again,” said LaTanya White, an entrepreneurship instructor in the School of Business of Industry at Florida A&M University and the successful owner of 71 Proof; a beverage catering company that services the southeast region of the United States. “We need to make sure that minorities realize equal access to educational and business opportunities in this new entrepreneurial ecosystem that’s being constructed around the world.” White says access to entrepreneur-focused networks where research, learning, and development take place must be inclusive.

In September of last year White took advantage of a four-week study abroad opportunity in Bali, the tropical paradise island that is part of the Republic of Indonesia. There, as one of only a select group of participants from around the world (and the only participant from the United States), White was challenged to explore the concepts of entrepreneurism as a tool for social innovation. Undeterred by the rigor of the curriculum and the obvious language and cultural barriers, she found a global platform there for strengthening her message of equal access and equal opportunity. And in doing so, White forged new friendships, found new business partnerships, and pledged to help others find their voice.

“As I listened to the entrepreneurial interests and stories of the other participants, I was gratified by the rare opportunity to place my experiences against this powerful backdrop of the entire world,” says White. “Our stories all shared the familiar theme of inclusion…of using entrepreneurism, business startups, and the like, as a tool to empower the citizens in the communities where we live.” White went on to say that she intends to be supportive of these other enterprises as she works to build entrepreneurial education in Florida.

“LaTanya White is a young entrepreneur, business owner, educator and thought leader,” said Windell Paige, president and executive director for the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce. “She has an amazing story to tell and we’re delighted to provide her with a platform through our quarterly President’s Coffee event.” Paige said minority inclusiveness and access as it pertains to opportunities for small business enterprise are issues he has championed for many years in the state of Florida. Says Paige, “The fact that LaTanya has now taken the message into the international arena can only help boost awareness and support here at home.”

LaTanya White’s presentation is entitled “THE POWER OF ‘CAN’: One Woman’s Challenge to the Global Entrepreneurial Community.” The President’s Coffee will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at the Pittman Conference Center at the Riley House and Museum. This event is hosted by the Women’s Business Council at the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce. It is free and open to the general public.

Membership in the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce is open to anyone interested in supporting efforts to advance women-owned and minority-owned businesses in the marketplace. For more information about the quarterly President’s Coffee, the Women’s Business Council, or for additional information about membership levels and associated costs, please visit the organization’s website at www.mybbmc.org or call Windell Paige at 850.577.0789.

Professor LaTanya White shown here at Bali’s first co-working space. White participated in a four-week study abroad program for entrepreneurship and social innovation in Bali, Indonesia.

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