Hungry Club Forum Of Savannah,Inc. Strengthening Minority Business Development


The next Signature Roundtable and Open Forum of the Hungry Club Forum of Savannah, Inc. (HCFS) will be held on Saturday October 3, 2015, at 9:30 AM, at the WSB YMCA, located at 1110 May Street. The forum will focus on “Strengthening Minority Business Development”. A panel of business owners and advocates will address some of the continuing hindrances to minority business ownership and development in the area and bring forth solutions to move forward in strengthening the total community. Panelists will report on trends and opportunities in the current business climate and landscape and share information and techniques relative to their success.

J. Craig Gordon is CEO of Statewide Healthcare, the multimillion dollar 20 year-old firm, that provides in-home care to persons enrolled in Medicaid. The Georgia legislator and members of his family continue to exhibit their business acumen by aggressively diversifying their business enterprises in the area.

Cornelia “Connie” Hall represents the 3rd District on the Chatham County School Board. The retired principal continues to show the depth and breadth of her understanding of the need for economic parity and participation by minorities and women in the awarding of contracts of governmental bodies. Her advocacy and teamwork with other Board members and the Superintendent have proven beneficial in advancing the mindset of the Board in these matters, especially in the spending of ESPOLST generated funds.

Fashion designer Merline Labissiere has returned to Savannah after surviving another round of television reality competition on Heidi Klum’s “Project Runway”. Born in Haiti, the 2011 SCAD graduate has launched her own brand, Provoke Style, and has set up her studio. She continues to help students at Groves and Jenkins High Schools through her nonprofit after school program Provoke Style Fashion Camp.

Real estate developer Richmond “Rich” Fergerson, a 1960 graduate of Beach High School, returned to Savannah after a stellar career in law enforcement and homeland security. After retirement he embarked on a career as a real estate staff appraiser with The Bowery Bank, Dollar Dry Dock Bank, and Savings of America in NYC. Richmond lived in Cape Town, South Africa from 1994-2000. As builder and owner of Jabula Guesthouse & Natural Health Spa, Betty’s Bay shares a patent and copyright with ex-wife Yvonne for Wisdom by YPF Natural Skin Care Products.

Following the panel presentation and open forum, a review of the the offices and candidates in the November 3rd municipal election will be held.

For more information, please contact Julia Wright at 233-0855.

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