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Black Business Owners Forum 2021: Level Up! Virtual Forum Puts Entrepreneurs In Good Company To Expand Access To Opportunities
JAMAICA, NY – Entrepreneurs, legislators, city and federal agencies, prime contractors, construction managers, publicly and private non-publicly traded funding institutions, and community business leaders virtually gathered to provide vital information, essential resources, technical assistance and networking opportunities during the 2nd annual Black Business Owners Forum 2021: Level Up (BBOF2021) virtual event.
BBOF2021 sessions and panels also featured funders, community-based organizations, civic leaders and small business subject matter experts. NYC Department of Small Business Services Commissioner, Jonnel Doris, provided greetings at the forum inviting participants from the Big Apple to explore and take advantage of the myriad business resources New York City offers its residents, free of charge. Dr. George C. Fraser, Chairman and CEO of FraserNet, Inc. and one of the nation’s foremost authorities on economic development, challenged the attendees to evolve as they learn how to "level up" their business. He also shared concrete steps to network and build effective relationships.
|Danielle Douglas |
“Small businesses undergird the nation’s stability. Small businesses employ nearly half of all U.S. workers and often bear great responsibility in building the ecosystem of our communities, said Danielle Douglas, President of Inspire Enterprise, Inc. and Founder of BBOF2021.
“The health and viability of small businesses and communities are interdependent. Therefore, we need to provide small business owners the tools and resources necessary to thrive. The panels, arranged with intention, were comprised of individuals committed to playing a vital role to ensure minority and women owned business enterprises are contract ready, have access to resources and are poised for growth,” continued Douglas.
The Black Business Owners Forum’s agenda included conference sessions: Navigating New Terrain: Gain Access to the Corporate Sector; Securing the Bag: Use Capital to Expand Your Business; and Living the Vision: Positioning Your Business for Bigger Opportunities and Elevating Your Game: Maximize Resources for Growth. Some of our noteworthy Moderators and Panelists included Corey Smith, Head of Diversity & inclusion, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc.; Luc El-Art Severe, J.D., Vice President, Small Business and Workforce Development; United Way, and Jumoke Fagbayi-Butts, V.P., Sr. Business Consultant, Minority Entrepreneurs.