African-American Business Owners Join Governor Ryan in South Africa via Videoconference
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 24, 2000
CHICAGO — The Bronzeville Community
Development Partnership today hosted several Chicago-area businesses
in a video conference call to the Illinois delegation in South Africa.
The conference call allowed businesses that were
unable to travel to South Africa to express their interest in becoming
a part of the emerging marketplace in the Sub-Saharan region.
Governor George H. Ryan and First Lady Lura Lynn
Ryan led a 100-member delegation on an eight-day trade mission to the
Republic of South Africa to officially open the Illinois Trade Office
in South Africa. The trip also is designed to help Illinois businesses
develop new trading relationships and business agreements in South Africa
and elsewhere on the continent.
The panel representing the Governor at the teleconference
included: Senate Democratic Leader Emil Jones; Edward Hamb, Assistant
to the Governor for African American Affairs; Jerry Blakemore, Illinois
Sports Facilities Authority, James Reynolds, Loop Capital Markets and
Walter Singleton, a clothier and childcare center owner.
The delegation in South Africa relayed their
experiences in traveling the region and the need for goods that can
be supplied by Illinois’ businesses.
"This country has a significant amount of
needs," said James Reynolds. "The upside for exporting goods
from Illinois is tremendous."
The large group gathered in the John R. Thompson
Center conference room relayed information about their companies and
goods to the Illinois delegation for potential matchmaking with businesses
that would benefit from their commodities.
The Bronzeville Community Development Partnership
plans to maintain trade leads and continue the on-line dialogue via
its website BronzevilleOnline.com, a community based portal that showcases
Chicago’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood as an international
heritage tourism destination. A B2Bxchange link has been designated
on the site to promote the global exchange of goods, products and services
with minority vendors.