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Taking a business from idea to reality involves a good deal of attrition, ingenuity, and funding. Small business financing can be difficult to obtain. An increasingly available option, especially for startup founders, is to enter a pitch competition. Learn from this panel of experts and entrepreneurs about how competing for grants or cash prizes can be one of the best funding sources for your business.Speaker: • Brandon Andrews, Senior Consultant, Values Partnership; Casting, Shark Tank and Steve Harvey's Funderdome
Moderator: • Carolyn M. Brown, Senior Editor, Small Business, BLACK ENTERPRISE
Join us as we honor the best in small business, then stay for an exclusive fireside chat.
Take advantage of one-on-one exchanges and hands-on demonstrations! Join our small business exhibitors to connect with and learn from some of the country’s most forward-thinking entrepreneurs as they share their strategies and solutions.CAREER LANESPONSORS ROW#BUYBLACK EXPO SPOT BID TRACK #BLACKMONEYMATTERS Part 1- 3:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m.#BankBlack fever is sweeping the country. This movement, aimed at empowering the black community to take control of its wealth, drew national attention when rapper Killer Mike implored people to deploy a portion of their financial resources into black-owned banks. Celebrities such as Solange Knowles have since joined the conversation.
Pitch LabShark-Tank-like business pitch competitions are more popular than ever, and a great way for new entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to win capital for their companies in the form of prizes ranging from $5,000 to as much as $200,000, or more. Learn how to win your share of capital as well as gain valuable business relationships, from multiple pitch-contest winning entrepreneurs, with a veteran pitch-competition judge leading the discussion.Facilitator:• Alfred Edmond, SVP/Executive Editor-At-Large, Black EnterpriseBusiness Certification Lab-4:15 p.m.-5:00 p.m.Make sure you aren’t leaving any money on the table. Take the steps to ensure your business qualifies and is certified for all requisite designations to sell your products and services to state and federal agencies.
You’re going to find yourself in an elevator with someone who can change it all for your business. Will you pounce, or let the moment slip? Find out if you have that winning game at BE’s exclusive Elevator Pitch competition. By far, our most anticipated and widely popular event of the Summit, entrepreneurs get to bring their best business pitch and go head-to-head with fellow finalists before a panel of judges. A fast-paced and enlightening high stakes competition, it’s instructive for participants and observers alike. Host:• Alfred Edmond, SVP/Executive Editor-At-Large, BLACK ENTERPRISEJudges: • Earl ‘Butch’ Graves Jr., President & CEO, BLACK ENTERPRISE
• Ramon Ray, Entrepreneur, Author, Journalist
A panel of franchisees owners, experts and franchisor representatives share management and finance advice on how to choose the right brand and purchase franchise unit.
• Kelley Taylor, CEO, Taylor Construction Management
Learn how you can focus and target your business to a male audience, and promote the right product to meet their needs. Some problems your audience will gladly pay to solve, while others will be a hard sell. There’s more to it than simply finding your niche—you also need to understand and be fluent in the language your audience uses to describe their ideal solution.Speaker: • Michael Elliot, Founder & CEO, Hammer & Nails SalonModerator: • Alfred Edmond, SVP/Executive Editor-At-Large, BLACK ENTERPRISE
Take advantage of one-on-one exchanges and hands on demonstrations! Join our small business exhibitors to connect with and learn from some of the country’s most forward-thinking entrepreneurs as they share their strategies and solutions. CAREER LANE SPONSORS ROW #BUYBLACK EXPO SPOT BID TRACK#BlackMoneyMatters Part 2#BankBlack fever is sweeping the county. This movement aimed at empowering the black community to take control of its wealth. It drew national attention when rapper Killer Mike implored the black community to deploy a portion of its financial resources into black-owned banks to make a tangible difference. Celebrities such as Solange Knowles have since joined the conversation.Branding & Marketing LabLearn how leverage media for influence. Understand how e-mail, online marketing and social media platforms can drive sales and revenues. Learn how to take advantage of the fastest growing and most accessible ways for small business owners to cost-effectively target warm prospects and turn them into long-term paying customers to drive revenues.
Get expert advice on intellectual property, patents, labor law, and legal issues that plague startups and small business owners.
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