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Infuse New Power Into Your Small Business

The 2012 African American Small Business Empowerment Series in Detroit has concluded, but the valuable information that was shared with Detroit small business owners is still available for your review. See the videos below.

SEGMENT 1: CEO of Uptown Magazine, Leonard E. Burnett Jr.


SEGMENT 2: Speakers from Verizon and Intuit


SEGMENT 3: Getting Found on Google / Event Conclusion

The event featured hands-on demonstrations of the latest 4G LTE tablets and smartphones as well as Intuit’s GoPayment mobile credit card solution. Business owners heard from keynote speaker Leonard “Len” Burnett, co-CEO and group publisher of Uptown Media Group and Vibe Media Group about how companies can leverage social media to connect with customers. Attendees also learned from presentations, including “Wireless Payment Solutions,” “Managing Your Brand Online,” “Apps to Help Manage your Business” and more.

Leonard E. Burnett Jr. – Co-CEO & Group Publisher, Uptown Media Group & Vibe Lifestyle Network

Leonard E. Burnett Jr, pioneer in the urban media space and successful publishing entrepreneur, has been at the forefront of transforming marketer’s perception of the importance of reaching this growing audience. Burnett has successfully launched 7 major magazines with exceptional advertising growth, successful websites and has co-authored his first book, Black Is the New Green, Marketing to the Affluent African American.


In 1999, he co-founded the urban publishing company Vanguarde Media, serving as Group Publisher of Honey, Heart & Soul, Impact and Savoy.

Currently, Burnett serves as Co-Founder and Group Publisher of Uptown Media Group which has Earvin ”Magic” Johnson as the Chairman. UMG is comprised of Uptown magazine, a national and regional publication that focuses on the lifestyle and culture of the Affluent African American, Uptown Professional, UptownSocial, the guide to life’s essentials for work and play, producers of Uptown and VIBE signature events and VIBE magazine which he helped launch in 1993.

Burnett is also the Co-CEO of Vibe Lifestyle Network, an online advertising network that includes Vibe.com, its flagship property and VIBEVixen.com, the fashion and beauty site for women.


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