Black MBA group looks to help would-be entrepreneurs

Sure, it's summer, but entrepreneurs generally spend more time on their business plans than vacation plans.

So grab your business cards and smart phone because the National Black MBA Association will bring its Entrepreneurial Institute City Tour to Philadelphia on Saturday.

The workshop will have two tracks - one geared toward those looking to start a business, the other for established small-business owners in a growth phase.

It will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott, 1201 Market St., on Aug. 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $20 for students, $30 for members and $40 for non-members.

Garland Thompson, president of the Philadelphia chapter, said there will be sessions on professional development, getting access to capital and sales strategies. (Full agenda here.) The local chapter has more than 400 members.

Also, Janice Bryant Howroyd, founder and CEO of Act-1 Group Inc. , a Torrance, Calif. employment agency that's grown into one of the nation's biggest, will be the keynote speaker.

The group would like you to pre-register on its Web site here, but Thompson said that those who don't can show up and pay at the door.

It's the last stop for a program, sponsored by State Farm Insurance, that kicked off in Chicago on May 30 and went on to Los Angeles, Atlanta and Houston.