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Atlanta Tribune brings business workshop to Clayton

By Maria José Subiria

msubiria@news-daily.com

Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine will host its seventh annual "Moving Your Business Forward Conference" in Clayton County.

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will co-host the event Wednesday, from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., at Clayton State University's Student Activities Center, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., in Morrow. Participants should register in advance to be included in special events and door prizes, organizers said.

The free conference will be composed of workshops focusing on social media, supplier diversity, customer interfacing and other topics, said Katrice Mines, editor of the Atlanta Tribune.

The themes for the workshops include "Finding Money," "Harnessing Technology" and "Services for Small Businesses," she said.

"We decided to take the conference to Clayton County because it is a hotbed for minority business and opportunity, and because there is consistent growth and development throughout the county," said Mines. "After all, the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce has dubbed Clayton County the place 'Where Business Prospers.'"

Mines said the workshops will be conducted by executives from an array of fields, such as finance, small business, policy and technology.

Organizers said a panel discussion on the use of social media will be conducted by Desiree Scales, CEO of Bella Web Design, Inc., and Brent Leary, co-founder and partner in CRM Essentials, a consulting firm specializing in customer-relationship management.

"Sessions and panels are facilitated by experts in their fields, who will provide entrepreneurs with the most up-to-date information for growing their business," Mines said. "This year's themes are technology and finance, which are two significant topics for individuals as well as institutions to embrace, considering the current economic climate. We hope to help conference participants become more comfortable, and knowledgeable, about utilizing different aspects of technology and expanding their financial reach."

According to Mines, participants who pre-register for the conference will be offered a free 15-minute business profile review through the Atlanta Tribune's AT Express program. AT Express is a catalog of services established to assist entrepreneurs and executives, Mines said.

"During the 15-minute consultation, we will make recommendations on what participants need to improve, and how Atlanta Tribune can assist them in making those revisions, from their resumes to their web sites," she said.

The different types of services provided by AT Express range from print design, to web design, to resume editing, according to the magazine's web site.

Crystal Black, director of member services for the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, said the "Moving Your Business Forward Conference" is the chamber's first collaboration with Atlanta Tribune.

"They wanted to show some of the positive things going on in Clayton County," Black said.

To register for the conference, visit http://at09mybfconference.eventbrite.com. To schedule an AT Express review, e-mail Mines at kmines@atlantatribune.com. For more information, contact Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine, at (770) 587-0501.

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On the net:

Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine: www.atlantatribune.com

Clayton County Chamber of Commerce: www.claytonchamber.org