The North Carolina Social Business Conference will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, at North Carolina A&T State University. The 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the microcredit concept, Professor Muhammad Yunus, will be the keynote speaker.

Organized in collaboration with the University of North Carolina General Administration, the conference has been planned to bring together economic development interests from all regions of the state to hear Yunus’s social business concept of combining business know-how with the desire to improve quality of life. In addition, college student teams from across North Carolina will be challenged to develop business solutions for pressing local and state issues. Their application of these ideas will be judged and winners announced at the end of the conference.

Yunus’s vision is the total eradication of poverty from the world. He is the recipient of hundreds of national and international awards including the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom and the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal. He was chosen by the Wharton School of Business for PBS documentary as one of The 25 Most Influential Business Persons of the Past 25 Years, and in 2006, Time magazine listed him under “60 Years of Asian Heroes” as one of the top 12 business leaders.

General registration is $25 per person through Sept. 25.  Student registration is $15 per person. For more information contact: Kelley Ann Gregory, 919-962-4612.