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Sen. Jack Hill to speak at coalition's summit April 26
Fred Stokes mug for web
Fred Stokes - photo by FILE
    State Sen. Jack Hill and Georgia Southern alumnus Fred Stokes will be the guest speakers for the African American Business Owners Coalition's Economic Empowerment Summit on Saturday, April 26. The summit starts at 8 a.m. and runs to 3:30 p.m. It will be held at the Nessmith Lane Continuing Education Building on the campus of Georgia Southern University.
    The summit will present a variety of workshops, panel discussions and training sessions designed to provide attendees with the essential tools and information they need to effectively and successfully operate their businesses.
    Hill, Republican senator for Georgia’s 4th District and chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, will participate as a panelist in an Economic Development Roundtable discussion. The discussion will help people identify and tap into the state as well as the region’s economic and community development resources. Hill will be joined by officials and community leaders from around the region.
    Also, former Georgia Southern and NFL player Fred Stokes — founder of Fred Stokes Youth Ranch and owner of Fred Stokes Foods, LLC, will be the keynote speaker for the summit’s noon session. The event will conclude with an ice cream network social sponsored by Bruster’s Ice Cream of Statesboro.
    “We are proud to have both Sen. Hill and Fred Stokes lend their name and support to our efforts," said Curtis Woody, president of the AABOC. "Both of them are enthusiastic about the event, and are encouraging others to participate.
    “We’re especially excited to partner with READY 2000, Inc. — a local non-profit youth advocacy group — to present several financial empowerment workshops for children entitled 'Cheddar Makes It Better.'"
    The workshops are designed to teach about the basic principles of money management — how to save and invest for the future and how to think like entrepreneurs and employers instead of employees, Woody said.
    Dr. Greg Brock, who serves as director of Georgia Southern’s Center for Economic Education and the local representative of the Georgia Council on Economic Education as well as radio personalities representing Cumulus Broadcasting Company of Savannah will be on hand to conduct the workshops.
    Registration is $10 per person, which includes a continental breakfast and a box lunch.  Individuals planning to attend must register in advance. The deadline is 5 p.m.,  Tuesday, April 22 in order to guarantee registration.  
    Summit representatives will register participants Saturday, April 19 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Statesboro Mall.
    For more information, contact Woody at, or visit to view the summit’s agenda and download a registration form.
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