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Speakers International Announces Features of Business Conference

Rev. Kenneth Hodges and Ron Busby announced as featured speakers at the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce Business Conference & Expo Nov. 4 -5.

Beaufort, SC, October 20, 2011 --( Rev. Kenneth Hodges and Ron Busby are scheduled to deliver educational and motivational messages for the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce Business Conference & Expo November 4-5 at the Sea Island Technical College of the Lowcountry in Beaufort. All are welcome, and advance registration is encouraged to ensure space availability.

The event will open on Friday, November 4 with a free expo at 5 p.m. and a networking reception beginning at 6 p.m. Wine, refreshments and door prize drawings will be included. Registration is required for the conference on Saturday, November 5 from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. which includes the continuing expo, a choice of two educational workshops and the guest speakers.

Ron Busby, President and CEO of the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce (USBC), will open the conference at 9 a.m. Saturday, November 5 speaking on “The National Voice of Black Business.” The USBC’s goal is to increase African Americans’ access to business opportunities at all levels of government and in corporate America.

Rev. Kenneth Hodges, representative of Beaufort and Colleton Counties to the SC House of Representatives since 2005, is the featured speaker at the luncheon on Saturday, November 5. Hodges is pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church, a graduate of the Morehouse School of Religion of Interdenominational Theological Center, serves on the faculty of the SC Baptist Congress of Christian Education and is moderator of the Old Ashley Baptist Association. He served on the Bennettsville City Council from 1989 until 1995 where he was also pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church. He was a member of the ministerial delegation to Zimbabwe; to Kenya, Malawi and Zimbabwe; and to London, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa, and he has preached in Bulawayo and Matare as well as teaching and preaching in Zimbabwe.

Hodges also is owner of the LyBenson’s Gallery in Beaufort which carries the largest known collection of Zimbabwe Shona verdite stone sculptures in a retail setting. Additional African, Lowcountry and folk art are showcased as well as Hodges’ original photographs.

Conference registration is $39 for members of the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce; $59 for non-members and $25 for students which includes a choice of two workshops, continental breakfast and luncheon and gift bag as well as the expo and reception.

For additional information or to download registration forms visit or follow and connect on Twitter @BeaufortBlack and the Facebook page Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce. Contact Liz at 843.902.4799 or email to discuss sponsor opportunities and benefits or for registration assistance.

The Mitchell Group, owner of Speakers International, manages this and other educational and tourism events for the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce.

Contact Information
Liz Mitchell
1 843 902 4799

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