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Entrepreneur summit makes another run in Charlotte
Black Enterprise fourm is June 19-22
Published Wednesday, February 20, 2019 11:45 am
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

Black Enterprise is relaunching its entrepreneurs summit, "FWD: Business on Your Own Terms" June 19-22 in Charlotte.

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Black Enterprise is bringing its entrepreneurs summit back to Charlotte with a revamped format.

“FWD: Business on Your Own Terms”  is June 19-22 at the Charlotte Convention Center, the second straight year the publication’s biggest business forum will be held.

The four-day conference, which debuted in 1995, will bring together more than 1,200 entrepreneurs, innovators, creators and professionals of color with a focus on tech-driven innovation and separate tracks for established firms and startups. FWD will provide entrepreneurs with networking, partnership, financing and other business-building opportunities.

“We are very fortunate to be hosting FWD in Charlotte in 2019,” Charlotte City Council Member James Mitchell said. The new name reflects the direction the city would like to move African-American entrepreneurs. “Forward on building capacity, access to capital and securing opportunities. Focus With Determination.”
The initiative is tailored to the needs of creators, innovators and young entrepreneurs to connect, learn, gain inspiration and receive access to the necessary tools and resources for success.

Black Enterprise President and CEO Earl “Butch” Graves Jr. officially announced the summit's return to Charlotte on Feb. 18, at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. The Charlotte business community is critical to job creation and innovation, which is why FWD seeks to drive the growth of black entrepreneurship and economic development in Charlotte and nationwide.

“After 23 amazing years of hosting the Entrepreneurs Summit, we are very excited for the relaunch of one of our signature B.E. events, and there is no better city to do this than Charlotte,” Graves said. “FWD is designed to show millennials and seasoned business leaders innovative strategies, networking opportunities with like-minded attendees, and show them how to think tactically to reach the next level of profitability.”

What makes FWD different from previous summits?

• Tracks for startups and established business owners.

• Leave each session with a plan to get your business on track now.

• Attendee-driven content. Short, pre-event polls and live Q&As will allow speakers to structure the conversation to provide information.

• An a la carte experience. Enjoy flexible programming, opportunities to network, downtime or time to put in work.

• Greater technology integration.

• Huddle in the Hub, in which networking pods, workshops, coaching and sponsor activations are included.

“Whether you’re thinking about starting a business, looking for ways to build on it, or wanting to meet other entrepreneurs, this conference has something that will benefit all who attend,” said Lu Yarbrough III, associate vice president of diverse and cause marketing at Nationwide, the forum's sponsor.


Posted on April 5, 2019
Outstanding and the best of luck to all of them. I am that Charlotte, NC was picked. I am from here.
Posted on February 23, 2019
Hi there and hope all is well. Does FWD hold monthly or quarterly meetings here in Charlotte? I'm interested in attending the BE Entrepreneurship Conference. How can i register?
Posted on February 22, 2019

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