Location: Texan Foyer
Location: Salon F-H & Foyer
Location: Salon A-B
Learn to deliver business presentations that give you a negotiating edge, closes deals, drives sales, and allows you to rise above your competition. Here's your chance to gain stellar advice on the art of selling, leading , connecting, and building trust. You'll gain real-world strategy to efficiently increasing positivity, productivity, and profitability for successful results that can be felt companywide.
Location: Texan Ballroom A
Enjoy a Fireside Chat with Mayor Sylvester Turner and NBA Hall of Famer and entrepreneur Clyde Drexler. In an in-depth two-on-one, the mayor and the NBA legend discuss why the nation's fourth largest city provides the best environment for black business to launch, expand and relocate.
Location: West End Lawn
Hosted by Nationwide
Join title sponsor Nationwide and Black Enterprise President & CEO Earl “Butch” Graves Jr., for this celebratory kick-off of the annual Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit. The theme for the week is the marriage of innovation and capital—the literal formula for success. This all-white attire meet-and-greet starts things off right.
Location: Salon D-E
• Earl ‘Butch’ Graves Jr., President & CEO, BLACK ENTERPRISE
Trying to figure out the best way to launch and grow your business? Need guidance to continue your venture despite roadblocks. In this inspirational and instructive talk, Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell shares with you the dedication and action steps needed to succeed in business whether you're engaged in a startup or seeking to advance an established business. He will communicate how to develop a strategic plan, build a network, and apply a tenacious spirit to meet your goals.
Learn how to maximize opportunities to secure capital to launch or grow your business from an active angel investor. Like finding the right mate, finding the right investor requires due diligence--understanding turn-ons and turn-offs. Plenty of smart, dedicated, and passionate entrepreneurs with promising viable business ideas have lost out on opportunities or money due to horrible presentations. Bonin Bough, the host of CNBC’s Cleveland Hustles, the author of Txt Me, and the self-described “agent provocateur,” will share his passion and provide insight on innovation, entrepreneurial endeavors, and early-stage funding. As an award-winning marketing executive, Bough has influenced many innovative global media investments across digital, television, and print.
Hosted by AT&T
Location: Salon C
The hit business reality show Shark Tank is on the hunt for more great businesses to invest in--or not--and they are making specific efforts to seek out great opportunities to invest in women and minority-owned companies on the rise. It's not easy to swim with the Sharks. Attend this session to learn what it takes, and why it can pay off big even if none of the sharks want a bite of your business idea!Speakers:
Raising capital is one of the most challenging aspects of entrepreneurship. Leading banking experts and entrepreneurs who have secured financing will lead a discussion on traditional and nontraditional capital sources small business owners can tap into. We’ll show you how to build a banking relationship and stack the odds in your favor before going to meet with a lending institution. Speakers:
Location: River Oaks
25 minute One-on-One SessionsGame Plan sessions are by appointment only and the slots are filling fast, so create your business blueprint with an expert a business coach. Don’t wait!
Coaching Provided By:
As technology in the information age continues to advance, entrepreneurs have to be ready to leverage it - from using it to better understand financial essentials to new and innovative ways to reach customers. Join Nationwide as we discuss ways to make your business more successful through solid financial principles and the use of technology for marketing, branding and customer engagement so that your business can continue to grow profitably.
#BankBlack fever is sweeping the country. Better yet, for entrepreneurs, black-owned and other community banks account for more than half of small business loan volume, according to Harvard's Kennedy School. Don't miss this rare opportunity to learn from two bank presidents about what you'll need to bring to the table in order to build a strong relationship with banks in your community.
Hosted by Koch Industries
Join us as we honor the most impressive entrepreneurs of the year, as we present the 2017 Entrepreneurs Summit Small Business Awards, recognizing the top Teenpreneur, Family Business, Franchise Owner and Techpreneur. Then join the multi-billionaire CEO of Koch Industries Charles Koch and Thurgood Marshall College Fund President & CEO Johnny C. Taylor for a critical discussion on how to cultivate the next generation of entrepreneurial innovators and value creators, by harnessing the proven HBCUs and expanding the availability of youth entrepreneurship programs. This is a topic of critical importance to our community and nation, and with an opportunity for every single entrepreneur in attendance to deliver impact!
Location: Salon F-H/Foyer
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.
Hosted by FedEx
You have a website and you're using social media--and so is everyone else. If you need to know how to leverage your online presence so that your brand and offerings are clearly defined and optimally positioned to attract paying customers to your business, this session is for you. Bonus: Meet the winners of the 2016 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest and pick their brains for their secrets to success. Double-Bonus: Session attendees will have a chance to win a complimentary registration to the 2017 Black Men Xcel Summit in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida!
New opportunities are emerging in alternative and renewable energy sectors. These include services and products that help customers manage and reduce their consumption of natural gas and electricity or help them generate their own power using wearable technology. Learn more about marketplace trends, contracting opportunities, and retail activity from this inventive panel of entrepreneurs. Speakers:
Make sure you aren't leaving any money on the table. Take the steps to ensure your business qualifies and is certified for all requite designations to sell your products and services to state and federal agencies. Group appointments.
Hosted by Walmart
Whether going independent or partnering with a large distributor like Walmart, there is still a huge appetite for new products in the super-competitive food and beverage industry, especially for uniquely branded specialty products. Learn from two Grammy-award winning legends what it takes to get products into the marketplace, on the shelves, and into the hands, mouths—and hearts—of consumers.
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.
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Hosted by Toyota
Sometimes it haunts you from the back of your mind, on the outskirts of your consciousness. Other times, it's staring you in the face, daring you to back down and give up on pursuing your vision. Every entrepreneurs and business owner knows and lives with it: FEAR. Acclaimed author, entrepreneur, and actor Hill Harper delivers a powerful talk on how to not only conquer your fears but to harness it as fuel to smash through doubts, blow past your goals, and do whatever it takes to deliver value--and profits--as you lead and grow your business.
Location: Salon D-E
With holdings in Nigeria, South Africa, England and the Cayman Islands, Houston-based CAMAC International has set a high standard as a global, diversified company focused on energy exploration and production. Founder and Chairman Kase Lawal led the multi-billion dollar company to the top of the ranks of the nation's largest black-owned business, including earning BLACK ENTERPRISE Company of the Year honors in 2006. Now, his brother, Kamoru Lawal, leads the company as President and CEO. As rapidly changing technological and logistical advances continue to make the world smaller, no entrepreneur who is serious about pursuing opportunity and profits in the global marketplace should miss this candid, eye-opening conversation.
25 minute One-on-One Sessions-An encore session and a second opportunity to blueprint your game plan with your own expert business coach. Remember, these Game Plan sessions are by appointment only. Slots fill fast. Don’t wait!
You've conjured up the next multi-million dollar product but haven't figured out how to get from creation to launch? Well, you need not engage in any more guesswork. Lisa Ascolese, known to millions on QVC and HSN as "The Inventress," brings her inventing A to Z master class to the Summit. At this must-see session, this triple threat--inventor, independent product agent, and motivational speaker--will not only tell you how to create and sell scores of products but demonstrate how she develops her ideas--and profits from them.
A number of major technological developments and trends are having a significant bearing on our everyday lives. Staying informed on the latest trends in small business is crucial to maintaining relevance in the ever-evolving world of commerce. This panel of forward-thinking founders shares how their startups are filling growing niches both here and abroad.
Learn the best practices and strategies from corporate brands that are recognized and celebrated for achieving spending of at least $1 billion with diverse suppliers. Top procurement officers and entrepreneurs will discuss opportunities and programs intended to help minority entrepreneurs get their fair share of supplier contacts.
Location: Texas Ballroom/Foyer
Hosted by American Express OPEN
From high heels to hardhats, women entrepreneurs are succeeding in fields dominated by men. Meet and connect with some key players from the world of business in arenas spanning from construction to finance. These entrepreneurial sisters are “doing it for themselves”—and for one another.
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.Speakers:
A panel of franchisees, experts, and franchisor representatives share management and finance advice on how to choose the right brand and purchase franchise unit.
This powerful session is custom designed for established entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners who want to pursue opportunities in the world of fashion. It takes more than a sense of style and a flair for design to build a sustainable and profitable fashion enterprise to keep up with the latest trends and the demands of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and consumers. If you want to understand everything from design and overseas production to sourcing and pricing, you won't want to miss this session with two entrepreneurs who are excelling with design innovation and business savvy.
Locations: Salon A & Foyer
For 45 years,BLACK ENTERPRISE has ranked and chronicled the BE 100S—its exclusive listing of the nation's largest black businesses. Join us as we celebrate CEOs who are among the wealthiest and most powerful players in the black business community, for their inspiring achievements.
A.G. Gaston Award Recipient:
Hosted by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Three teams of college students have been working to solve real-world problems solicited from highly successful black-owned companies—the BE 100s. Each team gets to present its solutions to a panel of judges. Come and hear from tomorrow’s business leaders, today.
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