March 20, 2009

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA Anderson Senior Associate Dean and Professor Alfred E. Osborne, Jr. was honored by the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAAC) with the President's Award at the 16th annual Economic Awards Dinner on March 19, 2009. Honorees at this event included, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, who received the Executive of the Year Award; California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, who received the Julian C. Dixon Public Service Award; and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who was presented with the Chairman's Award. GLAAAC has been building economic and political coalitions to further the development of African American owned businesses. The awards are presented to individuals and corporations who have contributed to the economic growth and development of the African American economic base.

Al Osborne teaching an MDE classGLAAAC President Angela Gibson acknowledged Osborne's contributions in building managerial capacity among African-American entrepreneurs, saying, "As the founder of the internationally acclaimed Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA Anderson, Dr. Al Osborne established a Management Development Program for Entrepreneurs (MDE) that has improved the strategic and technical skills of hundreds of businessmen and women in California. MDE has been a model for success for more than fifteen years, and we are proud to recognize his contributions to the economic growth and vitality of our community."

MDE Class of 2005"This award is significant recognition to me and UCLA as it celebrates our involvement in the Los Angeles community," said Osborne. "However, our effort in the Price Center would not be possible without the steadfast support of UCLA Anderson faculty and corporate sponsors such as AT&T, Sempra Energy and Union Bank, who recognize that building strong and diverse entrepreneurial businesses is vital to their economic interest as well. I applaud GLAAC and these sponsors for their commitment to business excellence, and I am privileged to be able to work with them."

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