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CONFERENCE TRACKS

Fewer than 1% of black  and women-owned businesses

receive >$1MM in funding. In Hampton Roads 18% of businesses are Black-owned and only 7% of Black-owned businesses are employer firms.

Are black-owned businesses prepared to receive capital?

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WOMEN WHO LEAD

Women Who Lead is an immersive personal and professional development experience for black business leaders. Whether you aspire to greater corporate or entrepreneurial success, this track provides curated social and knowledge capital to accelerate momentum. Enjoy a self-care practicum for relishing the present moment as a grounding element for growth.

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COMMERCE STREET

Commerce Street prepares the current or future business owner to excel beyond their industry focus. Learn how to organize and protect your business and galvanize your financials for maximum fundability.

Get game-changing strategy from the pros on how to make sure your target audience knows about your product or service and meet with a panel of government contractors to learn how they built their businesses.

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IMPACTOLOGY

Impactology meets social entrepreneurs where they are by providing collaboration strategy, a meet and greet to help with volunteer and board development needs, and strategic planning sessions. Network with other nonprofit leaders, and expand your thinking around what is possible when growing from “my nonprofit” to a true community-based organization.

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THE ART OF POSSIBLE

The Art of Possible is for the creative thinker whose imagination and ability know no bounds. From panel discussions on art and fashion, to a pop-up Pitch Contest for black tech founders there is something for all minds. And if you are interested in a 30,000 foot view of this area to help carve out a niche of your own, glean from regional economic development leaders in a moderated discussion entitled, “What is Hampton Roads?”

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BLACK FORBES LIST

The Black Forbes List is a deep dive into the world of all things real estate and investing, featuring subject-matter expertise in emerging industries including the Metaverse and Web 3.0. Interested in commercial real estate and leveraging tax credits to build community? Find a home here amongst professionals and gain insights on planning for traditional stock market investing and strategies to develop or expand your real estate portfolio.