Orangeburg, SC – The South Carolina State Conference, NAACP and the Business School of Claflin University are partnering this weekend to present an African American Economic Summit that will bring business persons and consumers together to address growing unemployment rates among African Americans in South Carolina. Recent unemployment estimates have reached as high as twenty-five percent in some counties.
The African American Economic Summit opens 8:30 AM, Saturday, August 27, 2011 at Claflin University’s Fine Arts Center located at 400 Magnolia Street in Orangeburg. The first session begins at 9:00 AM. Preregistration is advised through online portal http://aasummit2011.eventbrite.com. Economist Douglas Woodward, of the Darla Moore School of Business, will be featured during the opening session, followed by a panel comprised of federal, state and private sector experts. A series of breakout sessions will develop specific strategies to impact the jobless rate in the state. Those topics include: Creating New Employment Opportunities; Entrepreneurship: Growing Successful Firms; and Wealth Creation and Retention. A luncheon is scheduled at 1:00 pm featuring the CEO’s of two SC-based companies.
At the conclusion of the African American Economic Summit, the goal is to have identified a path forward capable of connecting the common economic interests of those attending and their local networks. This path will include an ongoing public campaign to expand job creation and promote greater economic opportunity.