A TRIBUTE

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Dr. Alice White Bussey

Co-Owner, Bussey Florist & Gifts

First Female President Atlanta Business League

Our Tribute to Dr. Alice White Bussey will recognize and honor her 32 years of groundbreaking contributions to the development of Pan African International Trade and Commerce with Africa and the Caribbean and her ability to educate and inspire small business owners.

Dr. Bussey was the organizer of Atlanta’s first Black Trade Mission led by Ambassador Andrew Young. She was the first federal representative for the Georgia Department of Labor, developing programs for seniors, welfare clients, high school dropouts and more. She was also responsible for the Federal Women’s Program for the Southeast Eight States region.

In 1985, she became the first woman elected president of the Atlanta Business League. She then moved on to the flower industry when she married florist James Bussey, becoming the first African-American FTD florist in Atlanta. The once local retail operation now does business internationally.

 

In addition, Dr Bussey sits on the board of directors of the International Association of Florists, the Georgia Visitors Council, the Atlanta Private Industry Council

Biography

Florist Dr. Alice Mae White Bussey was born on July 31, 1947, in South DeKalb County, Georgia, the tenth of twelve children to Oscar Curtis White, Sr., a carpenter, and Eula Belle Shepard White, a homemaker. After graduating from high school, Bussey completed her B.A. degree in sociology at Los Angeles City College. Later, she completed her second B.A. degree in urban studies at Windsor College and her M.A. degree in public administration from Los Angeles City College.

A lifelong member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church, Bussey’s ancestors were among the founders of the church more than 135 years ago.

After completing undergraduate and graduate school in California and working concurrently for the United States Department of Labor, Bussey returned to Georgia to serve as the first Labor Department federal representative of the state. In that capacity, she managed millions of dollars, conducted investigations and developed programs for the elderly, welfare clients, and high school dropouts. Bussey was also the Federal Women's Program manager for the eight state, Southeastern Region. In 1985, Bussey became the first woman elected as president of the Atlanta Business League.

After her marriage to florist James Bussey, she began her career in the floral industry. Soon, she became the first African American FTD florist in Atlanta. Having helped create over twenty new businesses, Bussey is internationally known in the industry for training small business owners. Over a thirty-year period, Bussey’s florist has grown from a local retail operation to one that does business internationally. The Busseys have traveled extensively, developing business markets throughout the USA, Europe, and Africa. They were members of former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young’s historic trade mission to Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados.

Bussey serves on the board of The International Florists Association (IFA), Georgia Council of Visitors, Atlanta Private Industry Council, and many others. She and her husband are the parents of three adult children and one grandchild. They reside in Decatur, Georgia.