Livestream Schedule

2013 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference Livestream Schedule
Columbus, OH
May 15-18, 2013
Hosted by Nationwide Insurance
Accelerate Your Business
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Fireside Chat with Entrepreneurs Magic Johnson, Moderated by Clark Kellogg, Analyst, CBS Sports Hosted by Nationwide Insurance
4:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Today’s Business Crisis: Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce
Hosted by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Too many of our students are underperforming at the K-12 level and not graduating from public schools. This session will delve deeper on the effectiveness of innovative learning models that use digital technology, the Internet and social media as means of student engagement, retention and college preparation.
THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Opening Remarks
8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Keynote Address with Dennis Kimbro Hosted by Nationwide Insurance
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Session 1B Finance Session – System of Survival – “Where is the Money? “Don’t fear; the capital you need is out there, but it’s not waiting around for you indefinitely. Survival requires action – quick, smart, and savvy. Our experts take you through the process and examine prime funding sources for start up and expansion – from micro loans to early stage venture capital financing.

Speakers: • Marisa Renee Lee, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Administrator, SBA
• Lauren Maillian Bias, Founding Partner Gen Y Capital Partners/CEO Luxury Marketing Branding
Moderator: • Carolyn M. Brown, Sr. Multimedia Content Producer, Black Enterprise
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Small Business Awards Luncheon Plus, be sure to look out for BE’s exclusive “one-on–one” conversation with Actor, Filmmaker & Entrepreneur, Robert Townsend!
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Session 3B: Tech Start-UP Fast Track: Launch Code S.U.C.C.E.S.S. BE has brought together a group of early-stage tech entrepreneurs that have launched their ventures toward the stars. They want you to join them. Learn the methods and the madness behind their success – coaching, mentoring, and financing through incubators and accelerators – and how you can leverage them to your advantage.


Speakers: • Jonathan Gosier, Founder/Product Director, MetaLayer (DreamIt Ventures)
• Tanisha Robinson, Serial Entrepreneur/Co-Founder, TicketFire (Founders Factory Ltd)
• Frederick Townes, Founder, W3 EDGE/Co-Founder, Placester Inc. (TechStars)
• Marcia Wade-Talbert, Multimedia Content Producer, Black Enterprise
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
BE Small Business Success™ Boot Camp B-Build Your Brand
Hosted by Dell
Attack formation! Those looking to establish a strong identity in a competitive marketplace will get your basic training here. Get customers to see you, feel you, and choose you when it’s time to buy.
• Melinda F. Emerson, SmallBiz Chat Lady
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Going Up! The Elevator Pitch Competition is Back Hosted by PepsiCo You’ve had all year to perfect your pitch. Is it a winner? Come and see if your elevator patter stacks up against the competition. Fast-paced, enlightening, and frequently hilarious – don’t miss it!

Host: Robert Townsend, Actor, Filmmaker & Entrepreneur
  • Earl Butch Graves Jr., President & CEO, Black Enterprise
  • MC Lyte
  • Navarrow Wright, President, Maximum Leverage Solutions
  • Craig Wayans, Founder, Second Generation Entertainment
FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013
8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Morning Keynote with Frans Johansson, Author, The Medici Effect
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Session 4A Get on Your Hard Hats and Start Digging! The Art of Uncovering Alternative Financing Exhausted the usual avenues for financing? Time to get creative. Our experts take you down the many alternate routes to getting your dream financed and on the road to profitability. Learn benefits of equity-based vs. reward-based crowd funding, and other tools of the trade. Speakers: • William Michael Cunningham, Social Investing Advisor, Economist, Financial and Investment Analyst
• Scott Gerber, Founder, Young Entrepreneur Council, o-Founder, Gen Y Capital Partners
• Charlie Tribbett, Co-Founder, Bolstr 

Hajj Flemings, Personal Brand Strategist, CEO/Founder Brand Camp University
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. One on One Conversation with Bob Johnson!
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Session 6A: Blogs, Apps, & Taking it Viral: Growing Revenue in the Age of Social Media Looking for a tutorial on the basics of social media market? Well then, welcome back from the rock you’ve been living under these past few years. For your customers, social media is like breathing, so don’t let your competitors supply the oxygen! Our learned panelists are here with potent advice on how entrepreneurs can monetize blogs, Facebook fan pages, and other social media vehicles right now! Speakers: Necole Kane, Blogger/ Entrepreneur, Founder of
• Chris Bennett, Founder and CEO, Soldsie
• Spencer Humphrey, Co – Founder and Co – Owner, Black Tie Catering
• Hajj Flemings, Personal Brand Strategist, CEO/Founder Brand Camp University
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Session 6B Sisters Inc.: Hosted by Walmart
Overcoming The Superwoman Syndrome: Knowing When And How To Let Go!
Many talented, creative, and passionate women have stepped into the role of Superwoman. They have donned the cape and mask as a solepreneur building their company with every ounce of their being. But flying solo doesn’t mean running every aspect of the business alone; you need to build a team of people to support your efforts. This panel of women entrepreneurs will discuss to move beyond the overwhelming desire to keep adding roles and responsibilities as if “more” is somehow better. The reality is that more the Superwoman tries to perform multiple roles perfectly, the more stress she produces. Learn how to work toward scale and full delegation so you can move on to the next business opportunity. 

Speakers: • Kimberly A. Blackwell, Managing Partner/CEO, PMM Agency
• Dr. Twyla Garrett, Founder, Investment Management Entertainment Inc.; Garrett Entertainment Co.
Moderator: • Sonia Alleyne, Multimedia Editorial Director, Black Enterprise
4:30p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Equity Date with an Angel It’s not destiny; it’s your pitch. Only you can make the magic happen. Learn the dos and don’ts of reeling in angel investors and venture capitalists for that all-important start-up or expansion capital.

haron Epperson, Anchor, MSNBC
  • Ronnie Lott, Retired NFL Player, RML Enterprise
  • Tim Reese, Co-Founder, National Minority Angel Network; Managing Partner, Forge Intellectual Capital
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. BE 100s Anniversary Celebration & Awards Dinner Hosted by Ohio State University & Limited Brands
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