The Council on Black Minnesotans invites you to the
2014 Power of Unity:
African Heritage Economic Development Summit
This event is FREE to register and attend!!
Friday, June 27th & Saturday, June 28th
From 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Location:
 
Carlson School of Management Atrium
321 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
On the Campus of the University of Minnesota
 
Free Parking For The First 75 Attendees Per Day
19th Avenue Ramp
300 19th Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455 
How to Expand Wealth in the African Heritage Community
This years' Summit will celebrate African and African American cultural traditions, develop plans for the sustainability/growth of African and African American economic development institutions, build and enhance relationships between private business interests, and expand prosperity for Minnesotans of African Heritage.

The Summit is an extension of the Council on Black Minnesotans commitment to ensuring that all people of African Heritage fully and effectively participate and benefit equitably from the political, social and economic resources, policies and procedures of the State of Minnesota since its creation in 1980.

Friday's Schedule

8:30 AM

Registration Check-in, Light Breakfast & Networking

9:30 AM

Welcome, Purpose and the Introduction of the Plenary Speaker

10:00 AM

Plenary Speaker – Minnesota African Heritage Wealth Report

10:30 AM

Panel Discussion: How to Expand African Heritage Wealth in MN and Question & Answer Session

11:30 AM

Buffet Lunch & Short Documentary: African Heritage Business Owners in MN

12:30 PM

How to Expand MN of African Heritage Wealth Break Out Group Discussions. Participants will break-out into business segments to answer the question “How to Expand MN of African Heritage Wealth”

• Entrepreneurial Development and Small Business Expansion
• Construction and Manufacturing
• Professional and Non Profit Services
• Technology & Entertainment
• Retail

1:30 PM

How to Expand MN of African Heritage Wealth Report from Break-Out Groups. Small groups will report back the top answers for the question “How to Expand MN of African Heritage Wealth”

2:30 PM

Networking & Entertainment Break 


3:00 PM

Summary of Discussions, Wrap Up & Next Steps


3:30 PM
Adjourn

Saturday's Schedule

8:30 AM

Registration Check-in, Light Breakfast & Networking

9:30 AM

Plenary – How to Expand MN of African Heritage Wealth 

10:30 AM

Panel Discussion: How to Expand African Heritage Wealth in MN and Question & Answer Session

11:30 AM

Buffet Lunch & Short Documentary: African Heritage Business Owners in MN

12:30 PM

Youth Entrepreneurship Competition

1:30 PM

Youth Entrepreneurship Competition Winner Selection

1:45 PM

Networking & Entertainment Break

2:00PM

Business Assistance Seminars, 1st Round

The seminars will be organized in a manner that allows participants to attend at least two different sessions over the two hour span. The goal of the clinics is to provide participant with information about how things are trending in the marketplace regarding the below listed areas so to strengthen their knowledge to align their business activities.

• Private and Public Procurement
• Importing and Exporting
• Business Planning Basics/Human Resources
• Deploying Technology
• Insurance and Finance
• Supporting Black Business Expansion

3:00PM

Business Assistance Seminars, 2nd Round

Participants will be offered the opportunity attend another session of the seminars.

• Private and Public Procurement
• Importing and Exporting
• Business Planning Basics/Human Resources
• Deploying Technology
• Insurance and Finance
• Supporting Black Business Expansion

4:00

Wrap Up & Adjourn

Registration is required and space is limited. Contact the Council on Black Minnesotans for any questions or concerns. You can email us at cobm@state.mn.us or give us a call at 651-757-1753.

Registration closes on June 23, 2014 at 5:00pm.


Planning Committee

Patwin Lawrence - Chair

Keith Baker

Gene Gegelu

Narisbu Sareva

Nerita Hughes

Leslie Philmon

Don Allen


Coordinators

Raeisha Williams

Lori Wilson

Tetee Newray

Dora Jones

Mohamed Mohamed


Organizations

North Hennepin Community College’s

Internet Marketing Social Media Concepts

African Economic Development Solutions

Mentoring Young Adults

Bully Creative Shop

Doll Face Media

African Development Center of Minnesota

Council on Black Minnesotans

African American Leadership Forum


A special thanks to Professor Samuel L. Myers, Jr., Ph.D. and Blanca Monter of the University of Minnesota - Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice for their assistance.
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