Welp, it’s day 1 of the 2016 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit and needless to say, things are kicking off exactly as expected. The energy is high, the ambitions are apparent, and the opportunities are pulsating—and it’s all happening right now.
The first day of BE’s Summit kicked off with the embracing of all that is Miami—the warmth, followed by the storm, followed by the warmth, followed by the welcome of funders, innovators, and entrepreneurs into a space Where Innovation Meets Capital.
This week, attendees are looking for two days of connection between small business, entrepreneurs, and investors.
The event kicked off with remarks by Black Enterprise President & CEO Earl “Butch” Graves Jr., accompanied by Nationwide Financial Executive, Retirement Plan Solutions, Bryan Davis, where they emphasized not only the importance and impact of the summit, but the importance and impact of black business as it contributes to the whole of the economic climate.
The expectation was set—this will be a weekend of collaboration ripe with the exchange of information and the cultivation of small business. Businesses will learn to operate small while supplying big, they will see the color of capital, and learn what it takes for black venture capitalists and financiers to want to invest in YOU, they will learn how to source seed and early-stage funding, and the financial habits of successful entrepreneurs, they will fast track tech startups and perfect their elevator pitch. No stone will be unturned, and this is all apparent on Day 1.
The first day concluded with an all-white affair, Fiesta Blanca, where entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors came together to network, exchange ideas, and collaborate as a means to take business to the next level.
If you’re an entrepreneur and you aren’t here, you should be.