Black Business Professional Network

Welcome to the Black Business Professional Network (BBPN) an online and event based organization. The Black Business Professional Network is not just about getting together to exchange business cards. It's about building a community where we work to support one another, our talents, ideas, and businesses.

It is an interactive community where Black business owners and professionals build relationships that create access to markets, information, knowledge, data, people and resources. We represent the “Central Hub” for small, medium, and large companies and professionals across all industries, job functions, and locations who seek self empowerment and economic success.

The Guiding Principles that support the work of the Black Business Professional Network are Leadership, Unity, Knowledge, and Excellence. Through these tenets we can grow together.

Be a Part of the Network

The Black Business Professional Network currently offers three ways for you to be a part of our community:

1. Visit our website -
Our member-driven web site will feature the stories, events and special interests of Black business leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals. It is the “Central Hub” for the BBPN network focusing on what’s driving Black business and the Black community.

2. Sign-Up for “Empowered Minds” – our e-Newsletter.
Comes to you regularly with free sign-up as a BBPN member. An e-newsletter that features news and info from Black business, the Black community, and the community at large.

Read our Current Newsletter (2008-08-01)

3. Everyone is Always Welcomed at our 3rd Thursday Networking Events.
Networking events scheduled every 3rd Thursday evening of the month (6:00 pm – 8:00pm) held at various locations throughout the city.

January Event:
Black Business Professional Network Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This year we once again as all BBPN members and friends to join us and the MLK Celebration Committee of Sarasota in support of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Schedule of Events: (See events listed below.)

Thursday, January 15, 2009 6:00 p.m.
Film Screening
Summer Hill – A Story of Community
Sponsored by SunTrust
Mt. Tabor MB Church
1703 Tallevast Road
Tallevast, Florida
Free & Open to the Public

Friday, January 16, 2009 6:00-8:00 p.m.
MLK Celebration Kick-Off Reception
“You Are The Change”
A conversation on growth, transformation, and change in the community.
Presented in collaboration with the Black Business Professional Network
Art Center Sarasota
707 North Tamiami Trail
Free Admission With Non-Perishable Food Donation

Saturday, January 17, 2009 7:30 a.m.
Robert “Bud” Thomas Memorial Golf Tournament
Bobby Jones Golf Course
1000 Azinger Way
$85.00 Registration Fee incl. Lunch

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
MLK Day of Service - An Official Presidential Inauguration Committee Community Service Event

Newtown Open Air Marketplace
Fresh Produce, Craft Vendors

Community Health Fair
Health Screenings & Wellness Expo

Change A Light/Change A Community
Home Energy Efficiency Expo
Sponsored by The Home Depot
Free Home Efficiency Pac Give Away

Free Clothing Give-Away
Sponsored by Trinity Clothing Ministry of Harvest Tabernacle

Fredd Atkins Park – U.S. 301 @ MLK
All activities free and open to the public

Monday, January 19, 2009 7:30 a.m.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast
Keynote Speaker: Shavon Reed
Newtown Estates Recreation Center
2800 Newtown Blvd.
$14 per Person

12:30 – 5:30
Celebration in the Park
Gospel, Jazz, Spoken Word
Food, & Crafts
Keynote Speaker: Chris Ward,
Presidential Inauguration Committee
Day of Service Events Continue
MLK Park: Coconut & Dr. MLK Jr. Way
Free & Open to the Public

Encore Screenings 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.
Summer Hill – A Story of Community
Sponsored by SunTrust
Selby Gallery A-2 Lecture Hall
Ringling College
1174 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
Free and Open to the Public

*All Events Sarasota FL Unless Otherwise Noted. For Information & Tickets Call 941-358-7860 or 941-351-6561.


SEND NEWSWe encourage you to send us news items that may be of interest to our network. If deemed timely and newsworthy, we may elect to publish them in our e-newsletter “Empowered Minds.”


BBPN 3rd Thursday Event Sponsorship Opportunities

BBPN is an online and event based networking organization aimed at a unique cultural/ethnic miix that includes Black business professionals, business owners and community leaders. Sponsorship of a BBPN 3rd Thursday Networking Event supports a commitment to diversity, inclusion and the economic empowerment of Black business and professional development. Become a BBPN sponsor and get high visibility as a progressive, innovative leader in the 21st Century marketplace.

Contact Us at: 941.366.8403

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Target your message to black business professionals, entrepreneurs and business people in your local area, nationally and around the globe. The Black Business professional Network is a growing network of successful Black business owners, professionals and community leaders. By advertising with your company taps into a diverse consumer market with strong buying power.

There are several ways to advertise with us:

Empowered Minds E-Newsletter
Black Business Professional Website


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2008 3rd Thursday Networking Events

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Holiday Event:

Holiday Music Cafe" 70's Style
Where: Van Wezel Performing Arts, Grand Foyer
777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34236

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When: Friday, December 12, 2008, 8:00PM
Cost: $30- Advanced and $35 at the door
Presented by: MelEcho Productions



Black Business
Professional Network

15 Paradise Plaza
Box 335
Sarasota, Florida 34239