THE ULTIMATE MESSAGE OF THE UTS BEE EXPO: It must me a mandatory priority of African / Black Americans to SUPPORT AND INCREASE the number of successfully owned and operated Black Businesses so that we can create jobs in our community by hiring each other as does every other culture in America.
– Sharon S. Gordon, Founder, Urban Trendsetters
10 Lessons We Can Learn From Honeybees
We can learn many things by observing the behavior of honeybees. Here are ten examples of lessons we could usefully apply to our own lives.
1) Honeybees live within their means. There are no banks, loans or credit cards in the bees’ world; only the resources they themselves gather and store. Like us, bees need to eat every day, and they do everything in their power to ensure a constant food supply by storing it – not so much for themselves, but for bees yet to be born.
2) Honeybees achieve extraordinary things by working together. Fifty thousand workers can shift a lot of stuff. Co-operation is the key to their success: tens of thousands of individuals behaving as a single organism.
3) Honeybees demonstrate that division of labor can be highly efficient. And everyone knowing how to do the full range of essential jobs makes for flexibility and adaptability. Bees move through a series of jobs in the hive before finally emerging as food-gatherers. In an emergency, they can revert to their former occupations to make up for losses.
4) Honeybees make honey while the sun shines. Bees are opportunists, taking advantage of available food as soon as conditions are right. Even when their stores seem full, they will find odd corners to pack with food,
5) Honeybees behave as though individuals matter, while the common good is always their first priority. Ego is not a feature of honeybees: their first duty is to the colony and bees will sacrifice themselves without hesitation if they perceive a threat to the colony.
6) Honeybees understand that hard times happen, and they are always prepared for shortages as well as disasters.
7) Honeybees share: they know there is plenty for everyone, including other species. Honeybees do not compete head-on with other species: there is overlap in their food sources, but they do not need to drive others from their territory.
8) Honeybees adapt to their surroundings. They know that this is the only effective survival strategy. This extends even to their use of propolis, which varies according to local conditions, and can protect them against localized pathogens.
9) Honeybees understand that honest communication is at the heart of community. Bees are great communicators, using vibrations and pheromones to pass complex messages around their colony. As far as we know, they are incapable of telling anything but the truth as they understand it.
10) Honeybees’ survival depends on selecting high quality, un-tainted food from a variety of sources. Because we have assumed control of much of the available land for our own purposes, we are responsible for ensuring that they continue to have access to flowers untainted by toxic chemicals to which they have no defense.
We expect over 5,000 people in attendance throughout this event. The BEE Conference & Expo was created to provide entrepreneurs and small business owners with the information and tools they need to launch, grow and expand their business. The goal of The BEE Conference & Expo is to assist over 100 Black Owned businesses by matching them with local non-profit organizations that provide financial assistance, classes and resources. At Urban Trendsetters we know that in order to enrich the lives of individuals in our community we need to increase the avenues and awareness of available options for economic empowerment in the communities we serve.
We have selected three partnering non-profit organizations which to receive a portion of the proceeds through business memberships, they are; The Women’s Business Centers of Ohio, The Ohio State Black Chamber of Commerce and The HUB CDC (Community Development Services).
THE GOAL & VISION OF THE UTS BEE CONFERENCE & EXPO
Create an atmosphere of empowerment for African Americans and increase Black Business awareness, importance and necessity in our communities.
GOAL #1- Increase Business Development & Growth via Procurement, Capital Access and International Trade, Business Acquisition
GOAL #2 – Provide Entities to Fund and Guide our Programs
GOAL #3 – Educate and Train the Masses on Black Business Development and Our Purpose to Benefit the Community and Society as a whole.
GOAL #4 – Establish a Micro Venture fund to ignite reinvestment into Black Communities.
GOAL #5 – Establish a Black-owned Bank either by acquisition, partnership or cooperative efforts to provide access to capital.
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