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Urban League President and CEO Thomas Warren to speak at Omaha Empowerment Breakfast

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
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Michael Foutch (402)221-7211

(OMAHA) – Thomas Warren, the president and CEO of the Urban League of Nebraska, will be the featured speaker at the Omaha Empowerment Breakfast Feb. 11, 2011, at the Regency Lodge, 909 South 107th Street, Omaha, from 7-8:30 a.m.

“We expect the message Thomas Warren will bring to the breakfast will inspire prospective entrepreneurs and small business owners,” said event organizer Barb Foster, Lead Business Development Specialist for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Nebraska District Office. “We continue to seek ways to unite our community to create economic opportunities across the city for every small business. The Urban League of Nebraska is a tremendous resource with which to work in developing the untapped potential of our underserved markets.”

With that in mind, Warren’s organization is making an effort to identify potential entrepreneurs and job-seekers, equipping them with industry-specific critical training to leverage prospects in the community. One top priority is to reach business leaders poised to take advantage of economic advantages found in Nebraska’s underserved markets, benefitting small business employers and producing much-needed jobs.

“The opportunity we have to share our ideas and vision is important,” Warren said. “Our motto at the Urban League is Empowering Communities and Changing Lives. We want to be engaged, we want to work together and find new ideas how we can improve society and economic conditions in our community.”

Warren assumed his current position with the Urban League of Nebraska following his retirement as the Chief of Police of the Omaha Police Department in 2007. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Morningside College and a Master’s degree in criminal justice with an option in public administration from the University of Nebraska. A graduate of the FBI's National Executive Institute Leadership Development Training Program, Warren was selected as a Fellow and was inducted into the National Academy of Public Administrators. He also is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and serves on the boards of several organizations, including the University of Nebraska at Omaha Alumni Association, the Conference for Inclusive Communities, and the Durham Museum.

The Omaha Empowerment Breakfast, which often draws more than 100 entrepreneurs and economic development professionals, is a down-to-earth, convenient way for small business owners and operators to network with each other and connect with larger businesses and agencies in the community. For more details on the Breakfast, call Barbara Foster at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Nebraska District Office at (402) 221-7212 or e-mail Barbara.Foster@sba.gov. Reserve your seat at http://www.omahaempowermentbreakfast.org/. Please pay $15 at the door on the morning of the breakfast.

For more information regarding SBA, please visit our website at: www.sba.gov/ne

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