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23rANNUAL BTW CONFERENCE

September 18-19, 2019

Embassy Suites Montgomery Hotel & Conference Center, 300 Tallapoosa St, Montgomery, AL 36104

About BTW

THEME: 
Aligning Policies, Resources, and Opportunities: Strengthening Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs, and Communities”

CONFERENCE DATES: 
September 18-19, 2019 

WHERE:
Embassy Suites Montgomery Hotel & Conference Center, 300 Tallapoosa St, Montgomery, AL 36104

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Start-up and established entrepreneurs from the minority business sector, leaders of trade associations and community-based organizations, collegiate entrepreneurs, government staff working in HBCU and other university service areas, interested parties involved in economic development, etc.

For more information, please direct any queries to Youssouf Diabate by phone at 334-552-1316, by email at ydiabate@tuskegee.edu

Conference Background

The Booker T. Washington Economic Summit is part of the Community Resources and Economic Development Extension & Research planned program area that focuses on enhancing financial security and better management of available resources for individuals and families, start-up micro-entrepreneurs and communities. Research and/or Extension Team Projects (RETPs) for this program area are: (a) Family Finances, (b) Start-up Businesses and Non-Profits, (c) Heir Property and African American Landloss and (d) Volunteer Leadership Development.

The Booker T. Washington Economic Summit uses the historical and philosophical perspectives of Booker T. Washington to focus on present day challenges and opportunities to promote entrepreneurship and community economic development in small towns, the southern region, and rural America. As a conference, the objectives are:

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

Conference participants are expected from the minority business and agri-business sectors, community-based organizations, government, HBCUs and other universities.  They will convene to participate in the Business Pitch Competition; 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.

Conference Outcomes

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

Registration

The Booker T. Washington Economic Summit will be held at the Embassy Suites Montgomery Hotel from September 18 through 19, 2019.  The summit 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. 

Hotels

This years BTW Summit will be held at the Embassy Suites Montgomery Hotel & Conference Center, 300 Tallapoosa St, Montgomery, AL 36104. Please call 334-269-5055 to make reservations.

Speakers

Agenda at a Glance

Success Story Nomination Form

Leadership Nomination Form

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