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ABL awards Men of Influence, Warrick Dunn inducted into Legends Hall of Fame

The Atlanta Business League (ABL) continued its tradition of honoring African-American men with the Men of Influence and Legends Hall of Fame awards. Last month, hundreds gathered at the Hyatt Regency to celebrate the 12 men who demonstrated their commitment to the citizenry of the capital city. Leona Barr-Davenport, President and CEO of the ABL […]

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Georgia says goodbye to its ‘servant leader’ Tommy Dortch

The businessman and philanthropist died earlier this month after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.  By Allison Joyner Over the weekend, hundreds of mourners gathered to honor 100 Black Men of America chairman Thomas “Tommy” Dortch, who died at age 72.  People worldwide traveled to New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, where Dortch was chairman of […]

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New ABL chair wants to continue to grow, scale Black-owned businesses in metro Atlanta

At 32, Ryan Wilson will be one of the youngest chairmen in the organization’s 90-year history.  By Allison Joyner On Tuesday, Jan. 31, the Atlanta Business League (ABL) starts its 90th-anniversary celebration with a new board of directors chaired by the CEO and co-founder of The Gathering Spot Ryan Wilson.  “I’m focused on Black folks. […]

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The Atlanta Business League releases list of 100 women making a difference in their industries and communities

This list is part of the ABL’s Super Tuesday Conference celebration. By Allison Joyner Earlier this month, the Atlanta Business League (ABL) announced this year’s Women of Influence list, recognizing 100 African American women making a difference in the Atlanta metro.  The Super Tuesday Conference — where the list was announced — began in 1984 […]

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ABL honors Chris Womack, others at CEO luncheon

The Atlanta Business League made “pushing the problems of the pandemic forward” their theme for the event.  By Allison Joyner During the Atlanta Business League’s 43rd CEO Awards Luncheon, Georgia Power Chairman, President and CEO Chris Womack along with others were recognized for their leadership in corporate America, entrepreneurship, and politics.  “I failed. I made […]

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Black Women’s History Month: Leona Barr-Davenport wants women to “use their voice”

This month, SaportaReport will highlight Atlanta-based women making a difference in their fields.  By Allison Joyner As Covid progressed, more African American women made a pivot to leave their jobs and start their own businesses. “Black women — African Americans across the board — start businesses out of necessity. I need to be able to […]

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Atlanta Business League honors 100 influential women during Super Tuesday Conference

In its 37th year, the conference saluted Black women making a difference in their professions and their community. By Allison Joyner Last week the Atlanta Business League (ABL) honored 100 dynamic female politicians, entrepreneurs and changemakers during this year’s Super Tuesday Conference.  In the past 26 years, the annual list has honored  Black women in […]