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Buying Power report: Blacks spend as economy grows
New 16th edition shows $507 bil in spending



The finding comes from the 16th annual edition of "The Buying Power of Black America" report. In 2009, black households spent an estimated $507 billion in 27 product and services categories. ...

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Flowers Comm handles first diversity summit for Major League Baseball

(July 20, 2012) Chicago-based Flowers Communications Group is managing national communications and community stakeholder outreach for the first Major League Baseball's first-of-its-kind Diversity Business Summit which takes place this week, July 24 in Chicago.

The summit will connect job seekers and entrepreneurs with MLB Human Resource, Procurement and other executives throughout the industry. All 30 MLB teams from around the country will be onsite to provide opportunities for prospects interested in being suppliers or pursuing a career in baseball. The daylong event will take place at Chicago's Hyatt Regency McCormick Place and include networking, one-on-one matchmaker sessions and a reception at US Cellular field, followed by a Chicago White Sox game.

"The diversity of Major League Baseball is important to Commissioner Selig on-field as well as throughout our entire business," said Wendy Lewis, Senior Vice President, Diversity & Strategic Alliances. "We are looking forward to welcoming the many talented students, professionals and business owners who will participate in this groundbreaking event." Interested participants can find more information and register to attend the event at www.MLB.com/diversitysummit

Flowers Communications Group is a national, multicultural communications company based in Chicago. Founded in 1991 by D. Michelle Flowers Welch, its mission is to provide quality public relations, social media and integrated marketing services that reach and respect ethnic audiences and align with client partners' business objectives. Flowers' current clients and partners include American Honda Motor Co., The Arthur Agency, Fleishman Hillard, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Office of Tourism, Major League Baseball, McDonald's, MillerCoors, Sears Holdings Corp., (Kmart and Sears), and Wells Fargo.  Flowers Communications Group is part of IPREX global communication.

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