BLACK ENTERPRISE to Host First Ever Small Business Summit–and It’s Free!

Shaun H. Ruff

BLACK ENTERPRISE will present its first Small Business Summit from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., EST on May 6, 2021. The complimentary, virtual event is the latest in the company’s series of Diversity Equity & Inclusion Summits. The COVID-19 pandemic and the murder of George Floyd brought racial injustice to the forefront of global awareness and has energized an emerging movement demanding equity in small business and entrepreneurship.

Earl “Butch” Graves Jr., CEO of BLACK ENTERPRISE said closing the racial wealth gap in America means positioning ourselves to execute on opportunities, particularly when we hold larger corporations accountable for living up to the commitment to doing more business with Black communities.

“The current push for economic equity, including significant pledges from corporate America to invest in and do business with Black-owned companies, represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Black entrepreneurs,” says Graves.

Small Business Summit attendees will gain insights on funding their businesses at every stage; how to benefit from the Biden-Harris Rescue Plan; creating profitable partnerships as a diverse supplier, as well as how to use technology to drive business growth, and more. Attendees will also hear from top administration officials to get their take on the latest policies and trends.

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“Small Business Summit attendees will learn from game-changing business leaders, transformative entrepreneurs, and industry innovators, how to seize once unreachable opportunities in this new and rapidly evolving business environment. Aspiring entrepreneurs and startup founders can gain the tools to transform the next big idea into a profitable venture. Seasoned veterans can reimagine their enterprises and infuse them with the technology necessary for advancement and sustainability. Plus, attendees will hear from officials of the Biden administration, who will provide key information, their take on the latest policies and trends, and the opportunities they represent,” said a press statement.

Confirmed speakers for the Black Enterprise Small Business Summit include IMB Partners CEO Tarrus L. Richardson; U.S. Assistant Administrator, Office of Women’s Business Ownership, Natalie Madeira Cofield; Founder & CEO Ramon Ray; Wells Fargo Executive VP & Head of Consumer & Small Business Banking – Diverse Customer Segments, David Miree;  Wells Fargo, Business Acquisition Manager, Alima Hawthorne; Bank of America, Senior Vice President, Atlantic-South Region Business Banking Executive, Derek Ellington; The 15 Percent Pledge, Executive Director, LaToya Williams-Belfort, and others.

Do not miss out on a chance to learn tools, strategies, and resources to maximize the profitability of your business ventures. The event can be conveniently accessed from a desktop, laptop, or mobile phone. Register for the online Small Business Summit by visiting the designated sign-up page. Additional information about speakers and the agenda is available here.

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