Tyler Perry Supports Urban Entrepreneurs in Pitch Competition

In search of role models, some 400 young — and mostly black –Atlanta entrepreneurs found one Friday in the form of Tyler Perry.

First and foremost, Perry is a movie star and one of Hollywood’s most bankable commodities. But Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the White House also noted to the audience that he is at heart a businessman who has created a multi-million-dollar entertainment and philanthropic empire in Atlanta.

“I had heard other aspects of his story, but it was good to hear how hard he worked to get his business off the ground. That was very inspiring to me,” said Jarrod Jordan, executive director of the Vanguard Leadership Group. “Now I am here to learn from others what it takes to run a successful company.”