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MEDIA ADVISORY: Third Annual Black Entrepreneurship Week 2019

Happening This Week

WHAT:                
This week’s third annual Black Entrepreneurship Week is bringing together more than 1,000 people in downtown Raleigh, NC. The event will include five days of inspiring speakers and engaging workshops, and is conducted by the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center.

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, located in southeastern downtown Raleigh, is the result of a partnership between Carolina Small Business Development Fund and Shaw University. The Center’s purpose is to inspire, connect, encourage, and support startups, students and existing entrepreneurs. Through educational training, entrepreneurs and students have access to the tools needed to build valuable companies and technical prowess.

WHEN:                
Monday, September 16 through Friday, September 20, 2019

WHERE:              
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2019
The Sheraton Raleigh | 421 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

  • State of Black Business // 10:00 a.m -11:30 a.m.
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset Lunch & Learn // 12:00 p.m -1:30 p.m.
  • 3rd Annual Black Entrepreneurship Week: Welcome Reception // 6:00 p.m -7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2019
The Sheraton Raleigh | 421 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
•Black-owned Business Success Stories// 10:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m.
•Keynote Luncheon w/ Tobias Rose // 12:00 p.m – 1:30 p.m.
•Shaw Student Expo // 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m
.•Ice Cream Social: What’s the Scoop? w/ Antonio McBroom // 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2019
Sheraton Raleigh | Hallway | 421 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC
•Small Business Resource Fair // 10:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m.

Raleigh Convention Center | 500 South Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
•Lady Boss: Women in Entrepreneurship // 10:00 a.m – 11:30 p.m.
•Start Now, Don’t Stop w/ Melissa Mitchell // 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
•Move Scared, It’s Your Privilege Fireside Chat w/ Xaviera Bell // 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2019
Sheraton Raleigh | Hallway | 421 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC
•Small Business Resource Fair // 10:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m.

Raleigh Convention Center | 500 South Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
•Coaches Corner with SCORE // 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
•Marketing Insights w/ Kim Coles // 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
•When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong for Black Entrepreneurs w/ Richard Berryman // 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
•The Power of Storytelling w/ Ken Branson // 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2019
Raleigh Convention Center | 500 South Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
•Faith & Entrepreneurship in Small Business Leadership // 10:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m.
•Coaches Corner with SCORE // 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.•
Access to Capital Luncheon // 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
•Pitch Competition // 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

WHY:                   
Access to capital and other resources and skills necessary to establish and sustain successful businesses is particularly challenging to communities of color, including Southeast Raleigh. Shaw University is committed to fostering entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking among its students and in the community. The University’s partnership with the Carolina Small Business Development Fund is an excellent example.