Concordia to highlight business at breakfast

Published 9:04 pm Thursday, May 9, 2013

Local business leaders will be able to view and experience the large leaps Concordia College Alabama is taking in the business field Tuesday as the college is set to host a buttonhole breakfast in conjunction with the Selma and Dallas County Chamber of Commerce.

The theme of the breakfast, which will begin at 7:30 a.m., is “A Time to Build.” The Rev. Dr. Tilahun Mekonnen Mendedo, Concordia College president, will serve as the guest speaker.

“It gives Concordia an opportunity to present itself to the community to those different professionals who may not know about Concordia,” said Desiree Taylor, public relations representative for the college.

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Taylor explained that Concordia’s business program often “flies under the radar,” and that’s something the college would like to change.

“Although we were founded in 1922, a lot of people don’t know about the school,” Taylor said. “This will also allow our students, specifically business, to demonstrate to the community how much they are doing at Concordia.”

Many students who graduate from Concordia with a business degree go on to work at local businesses such as International Paper, Honda Lock and Bush Hog, Taylor said. The purpose of the breakfast is to expose the capabilities of Concordia’s students and how they can benefit the community.

“We have business professors who have worked in the industry and been in corporate American before — so they’re bringing that experience to the table,” Taylor said. “People should come to this because it allows Concordia to build relationships with business people in the community. Once we build those relationships, then we know we have the opportunity to not only grow as a campus and expand by recruiting more students, but we have an opportunity also for our students to be well-rounded residents in the business world.”

The breakfast will be held on the Concordia College campus in the Julius & Mary Jenkins Center. Tickets cost $10 and can be reserved by calling 875-7241.