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By Ayana Jones

Tribune Staff Writer







Web Site to Give Minorities Insight on Careers

[March 19, 2002] Minority professionals can now go online and receive a combination of career, economic and lifestyle information from one Web site.

Last week, the Minority Professional Network (MPN) officially launched www.MinorityProfessionalNetwork.com - a Web site that provides African-Americans, Asians, Hispanics and other minorities with the first national online "Career, Economic and Lifestyle Connection."

Site visitors will have access to the following channels: career center, employer network, entrepreneurship, professional organizations, wealth accumulations, minority business listings, student resources and a book channel.

The site also features 14 metro pages that include event postings, local news and business profiles for the following cities with diverse professional populations:  Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Washington/Baltimore.  They may expand to include additional markets.

For those who are seeking to publicize an upcoming event, the site offers free event postings for professional organizations, churches, and small businesses as well as options to pay for enhanced listings.

MPN was founded by MPN President CJ Bland and Vice-President of Marketing Thomas Brooks of Georgia.  Bland and Brooks are effective coalition builders with a total of 30 years of experience in sales, marketing, consulting, information technology (IT), entrepreneurship and organizational leadership.

"We aim to be the premier online resource for minority professionals," Brooks told the Tribune.  "We think it will be a great way to network.  We think it's important to bring the different minorities together."

Their user community helps keep MPN supplied with fresh content.  MPN is the result of the consolidation of the information from two weekly electronic newsletters.  JOB InfoConnection and ATL InfoConnection launched in 1998 by MPN President CJ Bland, which focused on networking events, activities involving minority professional organizations, and job listings.

Brooks stated that they decided to launch the site because they wanted to target a larger number of people.  He noted that the site appeals to employers because it efficiently links them with minority professionals. 

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Hispanics, African-Americans, Asians and other minority groups are projected to comprise an increased share of the labor force by 2008.

"Selection of superior talent is more important than ever," Regina Lynch-Hudson, president of The Write Publicist & Co. commented in a release. "The MPN Employer Network is a viable conduit that connects corporations with the wealth of talent in the nation's minority workforce."

According to Brooks, over 10,000 newsletter subscribers are already in the MPN national user community.  Professionals who visit the site can also subscribe to the free e-Newsletters.

"MPN is a colorful and insightful Internet resource for professionals seeking new job opportunities, networking opportunities, and innovative ways to build their financial portfolio," noted Denise Hendricks, executive producer at NBC affiliate 11 Alive WXIA-TV.


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