1. To educate participants about implications of current trends and policies
2. To network among small business owners, community leaders, and technical assistance agencies and organizations
3. To facilitate access to federal, state, and private sector contracts resources
4. To support advocacy work for better programs and policies
Daniel Blackman is the founder and chairman of the Chipkoe Foundation, an organization established to address intergeneration and cultural gaps that exist within the environmental justice movement. Read more....
Jacquelyn L. Boggess is the Co-Director of the Center for Family Policy and Practice (formerly The Center on Fathers, Families, and Public Policy). Read more...
JAMES E. CLINGMAN
James E. Clingman is the nation’s most prolific writer on economic empowerment for Black people. His syndicated newspaper column, Blackonomics, has been featured in hundreds of newspapers, magazines, and newsletters, Read more
DR. KEIVAN DERAVI
Dr.Keivan Deravi is a professor of Economics. He is a Phi Kappa Phi graduate of Oklahoma State University, where he received his doctorate. Read more...
Bob Dickerson has spent his career finding ways to get money into the hands of people. For years, he did it as a commercial and consumer lending officer while working at several large financial institutions. Read more... .
Broadband business strategist, marketing expert, author and internationally renowned speaker, Craig Settles helps organizations use broadband technologies to improve government and stakeholders’ operating efficiency, Read more....
ROBERT (BOB) SHEPARD
Dr. Shepard is a physical organic chemist by training and experience. In 1990, he formed the Science and Engineering Alliance, Inc. (SEA) as a nonprofit educational onsortium with a mission to create opportunities for access and inclusion of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and other minority.. Read more....
EDWARD A. SMITH
Edward A. Smith was born in Los Angeles, California. He received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in February 1973. He spent the first eleven years of his Christian life sitting under the teaching ministry of Dr. Frederick K.C. Price, Founder/Pastor of Crenshaw Christian Center, Los Angeles, Read more....
Varner is President of CTV Communications, LLC, an advertising and media development company which produces television programming designed to disseminate information vital to the economic, personal and educational growth of area residents. Read More..
REP. PEBBLIN WARREN
Representative Pebblin Warren was first elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in a special election held on March 8, 2005. She serves an elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Tuskegee. Read more....
RICHARD S. WOLFF
Dr. Richard S. Wolff has 36 years of university and industry experience in teaching and research in a wide range of topics in telecommunications and underlying technologies. Read more...
SUVI “SURESH” SURESHWARAN
Suvi “Suresh” Sureshwaran is a National Program Leader in the Competitive Programs unit of USDA-CSREES. He is responsible for Small Business Innovation Research competitive grants programs focusing on the social sciences. He provides leadership to CSREES for research, Read more....