Enlightenment to Entertainment

Enlightenment to Entertainment

The first full day of sessions at the 2016 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit exceeded all expectations.

Attendees were inspired by a one-on-one conversation with the Founder and CEO of Operation Hope, John Hope Bryant; they learned how to fast track a tech startup with founders and CEOs who have first-account experiences; and the financial habits of successful entrepreneurs who have been there and done that.

Attendees spent the day asking experts probing questions while receiving the most informative answers–and they wouldn’t have expected anything less. They learned to protect and profit from ideas, and how we can go about supporting black business without compromising the integrity of products or services.

New and seasoned entrepreneurs learned the importance of using social media to drive sales and how to develop their business to the point of being “investment worthy.”

[Related: ES Day 2: Big Winners and Real Talk at Entrepreneurs Summit]

Small business owners were rewarded for their accomplishments at the Small Business Awards Luncheon and eager entrepreneurs pitched their way to $10,000 at the Elevator Pitch Competition.

Established entrepreneurs offered their peers insight on how to become suppliers for big companies while operating as a small business; and ideas, information, and tips were exchanged throughout a full day of networking and meetups. Needless to say, this event served the intended purpose of merging innovation and capital.

The first full day of events ended with a hilarious set by comedian Chris Cherry before topping off with the sultry sounds of R&B heartthrob, Raheem DeVaughn performing his new and old hits, followed by a jam session featuring none other than Big Tigger.

Again, Day 2 exceeded all that was expected. Eager to see how we’ll top this with Day 3. Standby.