For Immediate Release


Contact: Black Business Association (323) 291-9334


Black Business Association presents its 2014

Salute to Black Women Business Conference & Awards Luncheon

(Los Angeles, CA – March 7, 2014) – In recognition of Women’s History Month, the Black Business Association (BBA), one of the oldest active ethnic business organizations in the nation, will host its 2014 Salute to Black Women Business Conference, Vendor Faire and Awards Luncheon on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency LA Hotel, 333 So Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90071 This event is in collaboration with the National Women’s History Project (NWHP). NWHP’s 2014 theme is, “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment”.

The objective of the Business Conference is to inform and educate African American women of all ages. Workshops will be offered on Financial Planning, Health and Wellness. A special workshop, sponsored by Northrop Grumman, entitled “Role Models for Success,” is for young ladies 13-18 years old. The BBA Awards Luncheon honors national and local women whose character, courage and commitment has resulted in exceptional achievements and contributions.

One of the distinguished honorees is Cherice R. Calhoun, recipient of the BBA Community-Based Business Award. Cherice created having the desire to have one source to obtain any and all information pertaining to African-Americans living in Los Angeles. is renowned for disseminating information to urban professionals living, working and visiting the greater Los Angeles area. provides varied information. It’s inclusive of promotional advertisements, upcoming events, networking opportunities and community outreach information. “We provide this at no cost to the community, “says Cherice. Her aim is to enhance Black Businesses, Organizations and Networking Opportunities.

Awards will also be given to the following women; Lifetime Achievement Award- The Honorable Barbara Lee, California 13th Congressional District, Entrepreneur Pioneer Award- Barbara Walden, Founder & Owner of Barbara Walden Cosmetics, Civil Rights Activist Award- Gwendolyn F. Green, Social Activist, Pioneer of the Year Award- Dr. Ora Mobley Sweeting, Author, Human Rights Activist.

Other honorees include; Executive Leadership Award- Karen Slade, VP/General Manager, KJLH Radio Station, Professional Excellence Award- Cherilyn Lee, PhD, Holistic Health Practitioner, NutriMed Integrated Healthcare Center, Emerging Leader Award- Starlett Quarles, Radio Host, THE Dialogue and President, Urban X Marketing, . Young Achievement Award- Autumn Williams, Partnerships Manager, Ashoka’s Youth Venture.

The BBA is hosting this affair with its supporting corporations and businesses which include– American Honda Motor Company, Brandon Supply Company, CitiBank, Comerica Bank, Donald Sterling Foundation, East West Bank, Freeman Alternative Resources, Northrop Grumman, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company/ Sempra Energy, US Bank, Verizon and Wells Fargo Bank.

This event is open to the public. Tickets, Ads and Vendor Space are available for purchase online at Ad space in the souvenir journal is available through Wednesday, March 20, 2014 by downloading the RSVP form online. For additional information contact the BBA office at 323.291.9334 or via email at