I. Panel: Access to Opportunity
Small businesses are the backbone of our local and national economy. However, local businesses need broader access to corporate and government partners to create more jobs and spur investment in our communities. Our business owners, corporate partners, and government representatives will share their experience and knowledge of the procurement process to connect growing businesses to larger community opportunities.
Moderator: Samira Cook Gaines, Co-Founder of Global Empowerment Solutions
Candice Miles, Co-Founder of Global Empowerment Solutions
Tonya Foster, Core Technology Corporation
II. Panel: Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Innovative entrepreneurs are changing the way business is done and technology is providing a foundation that can greatly level the playing field for current and future businesses. Our local guest entrepreneurs will share their experience in growing creative and innovative businesses. Also hear how an international business (Google) is supporting entrepreneurship and innovation by providing tools for greater online presence.
Brandon McEachern, Broccoli City
Camilia Majette, President and Founder, Nailah's Shea
Tara Darnley, Founder, Dreams Inspire Reality
III. Panel: Access to Capital
Capital and financing are an integral part of establishment and growth of local business. Capital needs vary depending on what stage a business is in. Our capital providers represent financing for business at the start-up stage and through the growth stage. Also hear from our local entrepreneur panelist who will highlight her real world experience in accessing capital and provide insight on getting prepared for and connected to financing.
Moderator: Wilson Lester, Executive Director, Greensboro Community Development Fund
Yelitsa Jean-Charles, Healthy Roots Dolls
Scott Baker, EVP, Paragon Bank
Avery Hall, SVP, Wells Fargo
Amber Bond, VP of Strategic Initiatives, Carolina Small Business Development Fund