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Uniting dynamic leaders with a new generation of innovators.

Downtown Raleigh, September 16 - 20, 2019
Sponsorship Opportunities Available!
Contact Emily Stallings at estallings@carolinasmallbusiness.org

Game-changing innovations in business start with a vision. Black Entrepreneurship Week is about unlocking that potential through sharing knowledge.

Now heading into its third year, Black Entrepreneurship Week 2019 will bring together more than 1,000 people in Downtown Raleigh to focus on the future of of small business leadership in the black community and beyond. It will feature five days of inspiring speakers and engaging workshops.

Renowned civil rights attorney Ben Crump delivered the 2018 conference’s keynote address at Shaw University. Other sessions spotlighted women business owners, access to capital, tech, and non-profits. On the final day of the conference, aspiring entrepreneurs pitched their concepts before a panel of judges for an opportunity to be awarded up to $3,000 to bring their idea to fruition.

Black Entrepreneurship Week grew out of a partnership between Carolina Small Business Development Fund and Shaw University, a historically black institution, to create the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center in Downtown Raleigh. Carolina Small Business is a nonprofit community lender that promotes economic development through outreach to underserved communities.

In Southeast Raleigh, access to capital and other resources is a particular challenge marked by high levels of poverty. Comparatively,the area has a median income less than 80% of the city as a whole. The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center works to foster entrepreneurship in this community through training, incubation and financial resources.

Carolina Small Business recognizes that the power of different perspectives within the entrepreneurial community adds value. From its attendees to featured speakers, BEW 2019 will again capitalize on the strength of diversity.

Those who are accomplished in business teach the strategy behind their success at Black Entrepreneurship Week. Carolina Small Business invites sponsors to be an essential part of this special, once-a-year conference. For more information, contact Emily Stallings at estallings@carolinasmallbusiness.org.