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The Booker T. Washington Economic Summit will be held at Tuskegee University from Wednesday to Friday in the first week of October (October 5-7, 2016).  It uses the historical and philosophical perspectives of Booker T. Washington to focus on present day changes and to promote entrepreneurship and procurement opportunities for economic development in small towns, the southern region, and rural America. As a conference, the objectives are:

  1. Provide technical assistance  for individual and organizations to become eligible for financing opportunities;
  2. Provide a forum and a source of funding that eligible individuals can access to launch and/or grow for-profit and not-for-profit business entities; 
  3. Act as an aggregation point for entities in targeted industries seeking to improve their profitability through alliances, partnerships and/or cooperatives.

Conference participants are expected from the minority business sector, community-based organizations, government, HBCUs and other universities.  They will convene to learn more about procurement and funding opportunities; examine best practices, programs and policies; and exhibit success stories and model business programs for new opportunities and growth in individual businesses, small towns and rural communities 

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