5TH ANNUAL 

BLACK-OWNED

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE

SYMPOSIUM

January 31 to February 2, 2024

Watson Signature Event Center 

In-person and Virtual


THEME:

Helping to create a More 

Equitable Entrepreneurial
Ecosystem in Washington 

state

Explore the Economic Framework that can help close the Racial Wealth Gap

 

This multi-day Community Driven Initiative for reversing economic disparity is a movement that builds on and extends many efforts to restore connections with and between Black-focused business organizations and underserved entrepreneurs. We will foster a deeper understanding of the complexities surrounding reparations and the potential pathways toward racial healing and justice TOGETHER. These international speakers and local entrepreneurs will share knowledge and skills on business growth and collaborative strategies. There will be multiple opportunities for networking and connection both virtually and in-person. 


There is limited seating for in-person participation. 

Fridays | 10:00 AM (PST) 

 If you're a Black entrepreneur (or supporter of black entrepreneurs) looking for your tribe, this weekly meeting is like finding your missing puzzle piece. It's a chance to connect, learn, grow, and maybe even snag a few dance moves during the virtual celebration breaks (because why not?). Remember, success is sweeter when you share it, and that's the magic of the Black Owned Business Excellence Virtual Tribe Vibe! 

Wednesday | January 31, 2024 

THE COST OF INHERITANCE is a documentary that explores the complex issue of reparations in the United States using a thoughtful approach to history, historical injustices, systemic inequities, and the critical dialogue on racial conciliation. Through personal narratives, community inquiries, and scholarly insights, it aims to inspire an understanding of the scope and rationale of the reparations debate.

Thursday | February 1, 2024 

9:15 AM | Registration, Networking and Breakfast 

Emcee:

Jenefeness Franke

Fiscal Finesse

10:00 AM | Welcome and Introduction of Keynote Speaker 

10:15 AM | Keynote and Fireside Chat 

11:45 AM | Lunch, Networking, Break 

1:00 PM | Entrepreneur Panel 

2:30 PM | Break and Transition 

2:50 PM | Masterclass

Integrating AI: Transforming Marketing and Operations for the Digital Age 

3:50 – 4:50 PM Networking 

4:50 – 5:00 PM Closing 

Friday | February 2, 2024 

9:00 AM | Networking and Breakfast 

9:30 AM | Day One Recap 

10:00 AM | Protecting and Growing Your Business 

11:30 PM | Lunch, Networking, Break 

12:30 PM | Organization Panel 

Dion Cook

Denkyem Co-op

Desiree Wilkins Finch 

Rise Leadership with Purpose

Dierdre Patterson 

City of Tacoma

Moderator:

1:45 PM | Workshop 

Retirement, Investing, and Funding 

2:45 PM | Awards and Acknowledgement 

3:15 PM | Closing Remarks 

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