The Black Business Association (BBA) the oldest active ethnic business organization in the state of California, will host a workshop on Sept. 6 for minority business owners entitled “Optimizing The Transportation Sector: Infrastructure and Electrification” to help facilitate awareness and education of key drivers, initiatives, and opportunities within the transportation sector.

Southern California Edison will sponsor the free event scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Center for Sustainable Communities, 1051 W. Rosecrans Ave., in Compton.

Featured Speakers will include California State Senator, Steven Bradford (District 35), Shirley Choate, interim director District 7 of the California Department of Transportation, and Chris

Thompson, vice president of local public affairs with Southern California Edison.

Community leaders, elected officials, entrepreneurs, faith-based organizations, transportation hubs, utilities and other businesses are encouraged to attend. The BBA seeks to drive the discussion on ways to optimize and maximize the transportation grid within its infrastructure and electrification.

The featured speakers and a group panel will engage in discussion to explain the legislative and regulatory initiatives, including benefits and impacts. They will share key elements of the Clean Power and Electrification Pathway Plan from Southern California Edison and discuss gaps and procurement opportunities for diverse business enterprises. The BBA’s objective is to engage and connect key stakeholders to promote collaboration and to help develop innovative solutions in the transportation sector.

Registration is required and now open for all using the following link: RSVP by Aug. 31. For more details, contact the BBA at (323) 291-9334 or email at

The mission of the BBA is to advocate for and advance the development and growth of African-American owned businesses. This contributes to and participates in the self-determination, economic growth and prosperity of African-American communities, thereby creating a strong economic base that nurtures, empowers and supports the ongoing success of these communities and our society at large. They also wish to increase the number of successful minority businesses by helping them gain access to procurement opportunities and capital.