March 20, 2006
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact: Kimberly Kreider (901) 333-4023
Southwest and TSBDC Host
Southwest’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) hosted
the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program
recently at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale. “This group
includes potential top leaders in world affairs,” said David Doyle,
executive director of the center. He cited some who “graduated” from the
leadership program, among them Margaret Thatcher, Anwar Sadat, Tony
Blair and Dr. Condoleeza Rice. He said the current 16 participants were
people already in significant leadership positions in their countries.
Doyle welcomed the group to Memphis and offered them a short overview of
the city and the region. Other business development leaders
headquartered at Renaissance outlined their programs briefly, including
Lee Ann Gill, director of the Memphis Minority Contractors Association;
Ruby Williams, president of the Black Business Association; and Beverly
Goines, assistant director of Memphis Housing and Community Development.
“All of these aspects of our own business development process are useful
in giving these prospective leaders insights into development issues and
possibilities in their own countries,” said Doyle.
Saundra A. Jackson, senior area manager of the U.S. Small Business
Administration, outlined the purposes, workings and methods of the SBA
and answered questions from participants to help them see how different
programs might be adapted to be used in the different economic, cultural
and political settings of their own countries.
Among countries represented were Italy, Latvia, Turkey, Estonia, Spain,
Germany, Macedonia and the United Kingdom.