Former University of Kentucky basketball player and NBA star Derek Anderson will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Lexington Bluegrass Area Minority Business Expo, which will be July 29 and 30 at Lexington Convention Center.
Anderson, an Olympic champion, entrepreneur, father and the author of Stamina, about his life's journey, will speak about his struggles and successes.
In touting his book, Anderson says: "My opponents in life consisted of poverty, loneliness, disappointment, jealousy and lack of equal educational opportunities. But, like I learned in sports, life is about how badly you want to win. How much time will you be willing to put into making your dreams become a reality? How much are you willing to sacrifice now for your success later?
"I have won on every level of basketball, but my biggest accomplishments are being a good father, a good person and a great child of God."
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The conference will open with a talk — "How to win right here, right now" — by André Taylor, an entrepreneur, speaker, media personality and regular contributor to ABC News' Money Matters. His books include You Can Still Win!: Break Through, Bounce Back, Come From Behind and Flourish, and Winning in Sales: The 7 MUSTS: Succeed in the Modern Game of Selling.
Taylor's sports media company, founded in the 1990s, pioneered the use of digital technology for use by sports teams to analyze player performance and later for fans who wanted insider information on the business of sports. In 2001, he began focusing on writing, speaking and consulting on winning, leadership and entrepreneurship, and founded Taylor Insight Worldwide, a leadership development firm that provides advice and resources for executives and entrepreneurs.
Other Expo activities include a free public reception, speakers, about 60 vendors, and workshops designed to help businesses gather information on financing, taxes, growth and opportunity.
Also, there will be one-on-one sessions so minority- and women-owned businesses have the opportunity to explore contracting with major corporations and government procurement officers.