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3rd Thursday Networking Event

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Black Business Professional Network invites you to attend our June 3rd Thursday Networking Event. This month our sponsor, Gettel Nissan will host a joint networking event between BBPN and the Gulf Coast Latin Chamber.

This is an excellent networking opportunity surrounded by food, beverages and music. Come out and meet members of the Latin Chamber and continue to build your business and professional connections.


RSVP: 941-366-8403 or  

DATE:  Thursday June 19th 2008  

Location: Gettel Nissan                           
3530 Bee Ridge Road                           
Sarasota, Fl 34239
GET DIRECTIONS                                       

TIME:   6:00 - 8:00 PM

COST: $10.00 (food and beverage included)


We need BBPN Volunteers for this event: If you are interested in volunteering please call - 941.366.8404.


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Tuesday, June 10, 2008 SCOPE’s 8th Annual Celebration Boundary Crosser Award

Help celebrate community and honor our 2008 Boundary Crosser Isabel Norton at SCOPE’s 8th Annual Celebration & Boundary Crosser Leadership Award on June 10th, 5:30 pm at the Chelsea Center, 2506 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota. For more information or to RSVP 941-365-8751 or go to


Thursday, June 12, 2008 6:00PM Sarasota Bar Association, Diversity Committee to Hold Symposium on Diversity and Ethnicity Issues in the Legal System

The Diversity Committee of the Sarasota Bar Association will hold a Diversity Symposium: How diversity and ethnicity affects and enhances the administration of justice in the Sarasota County Criminal Justice System. The 2-hr symposium will feature the following panelists from various areas within the legal system: State Attorney's Office, Public Defender's Office, County and Circuit Judges, Denkin, Williams, Chief Abbott, Sarasota Sheriff's Office, Sarasota Police Department, Tama Beltran, Court Interpreter, Sarasota Clerk's Office, Pride Integrated Probation Services and others. The panel discussion will be moderated by DeWanda Smith-Soeder, Smith Soeder Enterprises, Inc and Founder of the Black Business Professional Network. The date is June 12, 2008 @ 6:00 @ the North Library, Sarasota. For more information contact: Shelli Freeland Eddie, ESQ at: 941.861.3193 or Keith DuBose, Esq. at: 941.366.8888  




Lunch & Learn & Dine & Discover Information Sessions for Prospective USF Graduate Students

FREE! Join University Of South Florida for an informative lunch time or evening event or the NEW Saturday Gear Up for Grad School Workshop! The Lunch & Learn & Dine & Discover Information Sessions allow prospective students the opportunity to find out about academic programs, as well as, demystify the application and financial aid processes. Prospective students will meet with advisors who specialize in their area of interest. Tours of the campus will be offered before each session. Food and beverages are available for all attendees.

Our undergraduate application deadline for the Fall 2008 semester is July 1, 2008. Graduate application deadlines vary by department so please check with the department. This is your opportunity to find the answers to your education questions and start reaching your goals for the Fall! RSVP today! For more information contact:  Michelle Waldron at or 941.359.4334.


Black Male Teachers Needed

Do you know any Black males who are seniors in high school who want to go to college out of state for "FREE"? Several Black Colleges are looking for future black male teachers and will send them to universities/colleges for 4 years FREE.

The 'Call Me MISTER' program is an effort to address the critical shortage of African American male teachers particularly among South Carolina 's lowest performing public schools. Program participants are selected from among under-served, socio-economically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities.

The program is a collaboration between Clemson University and four historically black colleges in South Carolina : Benedict College , Claflin University , Morris College and South Carolina State University .

The project provides: Tuition for admitted students pursuing approved programs of study at participating colleges. An academic support system to help assure their success. A cohort system for social and cultural support. Visit for more details and the online application or call 800.640.2657.


Morehouse College Summer Program for African-American Males

This is the Morehouse College Summer Program for African-American Males entering 10th & 11th grades in fall '08. The program is in Atlanta, Georgia and out-of-state students are accepted. The program is known as Project Identity. Morehouse Summer Program for 10th-11th Grade Morehouse College will be offering a Summer Institute (Project Identity) for African-American males entering the 10th and 11th grades. Three weeks (June 7 – 28) Creative Writing,SAT Prep, Debate, Pre-Calculus, Leadership development, and Enrichment activities. $400 fee (includes meals, housing and activities) FOR MORE INFO GO TO:


Jackie Woods, Realtor,GRI, AHWD
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Nursing Program Free Tuition

If you know of anyone between 18-28 years old, interested in the Nursing Field, University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is offering FREE Tuition, FREE books, a $250 monthly stipend, and guaranteed job placement as a nurse at Providence Hospital upon graduation (it's a 3 year program) with a starting salary of $40,000.

The program is recruiting new students now!! Please contact Ms. Beshon Smith (202) 266-5481 or email


Help Get the Red Sox to Sarasota

Citizens For Sox has been organized as a public forum. The grassroots organization’s goal is to provide clear and accurate information to the residents and taxpayers of Sarasota and surrounding communities about the positive potential impact of relocation of the Boston Red Sox to Sarasota for Spring Training.

Citizens For Sox will collect the REAL facts and act as a citizens' group liaison with the city, county and the media. Our goal is to help the residents of Sarasota make an informed choice about the Red Sox. If you are interested in supporting these initiatives, please CLICK HERE to sign the petition. This organization has no affiliation with the Boston Red Sox.


CUNY Alumni of SW Florida (CAS) Holding Summer Bash Events

The newly formed CUNY ALUMNI OF SW FLORIDA (CAS) are holding monthly events following their highly successful Inaugural February Luncheon attended by 170 people from the various City University of New York schools. These events have ranged from bridge, to theater parties to wine tastings, to film discussions etc. To find out about the July and August events and be added to the CAS Mailing List or to receive a Membership Application contact Shelly at 462-1167;


African American Students Are Not Applying for Scholarships (PDF Scholarship Opportunities List)

Though there are a number of companies and organizations that have donated money for scholarships to African Americans, a great deal of the money is being returned because of a lack of interest or awareness. No one is going to knock on our doors and ask if we can use a scholarship. Take the initiative to get your sons and daughters involved.! Money shouldn't be returned to donating companies because we fail to apply for it.

Please pass this information on to family members, nieces, nephews, friends with children etc. We must get the word out that money is available. If you are a college student or getting ready to become one, you probably already know how useful additional money can be. Scholarship opportunities list (PDF).


Speaking of Men's Health

This month the Community Health Improvement Partnership Sarasota County Health Department is recognizing men’s health as a reminder to all men that it is important to get regular checkups and age-appropriate screenings.In addition to attaching this month’s issue of HealthNews, we have attached a Checklist of Men’s Screenings and Exams, excerpted from the brochure Get It Checked! from the Men’s Health Network. You can review the entire brochure; the other side has a schedule for women, on their website at Please share this checklist with the men in your life and remind them of the importance of regular physical exams.


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Tuesday June 24, 2008 6:30 PM Hook & Ladder Dinner at Fleming’s Steakhouse

You are cordially invited to a Hook & Ladder Wine Dinner. Please join us at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar for an intimate evening with Michael DeLoach, winemaker of Hook & Ladder Winery featuring a special menu created by our Chef Partner Charlie Flint. $85 Per Person Plus Tax and Gratuity . Located at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 2001 Siesta Drive Sarasota, FL 34239 941.358.WINE (9463)

The Black Business Professional Network EXPO

Interested in showcasing your business? Want to sell your products and services in a marketplace atmosphere? BBPN is planning its first Black Business Professional Network Expo. We are looking for businesses interested in exhibiting there products and services.

We are looking for BBPN members who would like to work on the EXPO Planning Committee. We are also looking for businesses and organizations interested in sponsoring the BBPN EXPO. Interested business owners and professionals please contact us at: 941.366.8403 or e-mail:


Spread the Word

Two BBPN members who attended the "Taking it to the Next Level- Educational Networking Event held at Webster College a few months ago have recently been accepted into graduate programs at local university campuses. Another example of how the BBPN 3rd Thursday Networking events can work in your favor.

Congratulations to BBPN member, Shavon Reed on her acceptance to Argosy University. Shavon will be pursuing a Masters Degree in the Mental Health Counseling.

Congratulations to BBPN member, Paula Beard on her acceptance to Argosy University. Paula will be pursuing her PHD in Organizational Leadership.


Employment Corner


If your business or place of employment has positions available please send us the job descriptions and we will place them in the newsletter-Free. We are also in the process if creating a resume database for our future BBPN Job Bank, coming soon. If you would like you resume included in this database (that employers can search for potential hires) please forward your resume as an attachment to

Privacy Policy - Resumes: BBPN will not send your private information to anyone outside BBPN for profit. We will not publish your email address, your physical address or any additional data without your consent. By sending your resume into the resume database you are however allowing that information to be forwarded to prospective employers. Information you do not want disclosed via resume should not be included in information sent to the database. Employers posting job openings; it is your responsibility to notify BBPN of posting dates or when a position has been filled.


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