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Spaulding Family lights the fire of self-reliance and entrepreneurship

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July 23, 2012 Category: Oasis Posted by:

Family with deep American roots sponsors expo for entrepreneurs,

business leaders and community



ABOVE PHOTO: Stedman Graham.



On August 3-4, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Penn’s Landing, the Benjamin and Edith Spaulding Descendants Association will host the BESDA 2012 Entrepreneur Expo. The purpose of this Expo is to give back to the Philadelphia and tri-state community by providing to all those who wish it, the training and tools to become successful in one’s professional life, in one’s family life, in one’s spiritual life, and in one’s service to others.


(BESDA) is one of the largest African American Family Organizations whose roots date back to Benjamin and Edith Spaulding Free People of Color who lived in North Carolina during pre-Revolutionary War America. For over 200 years Spaulding Descendants have championed the traditions of excellence in education, entrepreneurship, and strong faith held by their common ancestors, Benjamin and Edith Spaulding.


Today, those values inspire more than 5,000 descendants spread across America, resulting in a strong record of family achievement. We have both nonprofit and for-profit entities, an Entrepreneurial Education program and (since the 2004) awarded 21 educational scholarships to date. We encourage personal and professional development, and are active in community service.


“Our Motto is Each One Reach One and for over 200 years Spaulding Descendants have lived by that creed to change the landscape of America” said Neil Campbell, Expo Chairman and BESDA regional Director. “We have played a prominent role as Entrepreneurs, Business leaders, Educators, Political and Religious Leaders, Literary and Performing Arts. The list of accomplished individuals is astounding. The roster of Spaulding Descendant Expo participants with roots in Philadelphia include:


Stedman Graham – Keynote Speaker



Earl Harvey, Newspaper Publisher-Expo panelist


Earl will be speaking on Networking for Success. In this presentation he will introduce the concept of effective networking and how managing relationships is critical to personal and professional development. He will discuss how family, friends, co-workers and complete strangers can all be incorporated into a network of key contacts over 40 years and today maintains a database of over 40,000 consumers. His newspaper, The Black Professionals News, reaches over 50,000 readers per month and is read in 40 states and 20 countries via the Internet. .


The BESDA 2012 Entrepreneur Expo is one of the ways we pay tribute to those who came before us,” Campbell said, “We can’t repay their sacrifices directly, so we pay it forward by carrying on their work.” The BESDA 2012 Entrepreneur Expo 2 day admission is $10 (Expo Only), $20 (Expo & 6 Seminars). Tickets and registration can be made through For more information, contact Mr. Neil Campbell, 908-822-1142 or visit or website

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