I.  Panel: Access to Opportunity

Description

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

Featured Conversation: 

Tonya Foster, Core Technology Corporation
 

Panelists:

  • Susan Crotts, Purchasing Director, Guilford County

  • Stan Montgomery, East Coast Protection Services

  • Paul Jeffrey, Chief Inclusion Officer and President of Wesley Long, Cone Health System

  • Sondra Wright, CEO and President, JW Wright & Associates

 

 

 

II.  Panel:  Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Description

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.

Moderator: Talib Graves-Manns, CEO Point A|B and Co-Founder of Life on Autopilot

Featured Conversation:

Brandon McEachern, Broccoli City

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III.  Panel: Access to Capital

Description

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

Featured Conversation:

Yelitsa Jean-Charles, Healthy Roots Dolls 

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