For almost 50 years, black entrepreneurs and business owners have looked to BLACK ENTERPRISE as the definitive authority on everything related to black business ownership. Now, the iconic Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit, the leading black business conference, has been re-branded and revamped as the FWD conference. FWD kicks off on Wednesday in the city of Charlotte—Queen City or, the “QC.”
The FWD conference takes place at the Charlotte Convention Center and is hosted by Nationwide. And more than the name of this premier event has changed—it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.
Over 1,000 Black Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders
Over 1,000 innovators, creators, and founders will be gathering and collaborating to move their businesses forward. There is a three-track programming agenda; Launch, Grow, and Innovate along with SistersInc., immersive workshops and sessions targeted at black women entrepreneurs and professionals.
The BizHub will feature exhibits of products and services all from black-owned businesses. Attendees can explore the BizHub at their leisure.
Speakers include several heavy hitters: Wendy Williams, media personality and entrepreneur; John Henry, partner at Harlem Capital Partners; Isiah Thomas, chairman and CEO of Isiah International; and Ryan Leslie, Grammy-nominated music artist and entrepreneur. All will share how they’ve been able to dominate in their industries while building their brands and businesses.
An incredible line up of 56 speakers will impart their knowledge over the course of the next three days.
In true homecoming fashion, this year’s host, Carlos Davis, CEO of Stand & Deliver, will kick off the official #BEintheQC welcome with Lu Yarbrough, associate vice president, Enterprise Diverse & Cause Marketing at Nationwide; Alfred Edmond, BE‘s SVP and executive editor-at-large; and Henry Child, national director, Minority Business Development Agency.
Engaging and Actionable Workshops, Panels, and Black Food Trucks
There will be three days of engaging content planned for attendees along with endless networking opportunities. Noshes are available on Black Food-Truck Thursday in partnership with Black Business of Charlotte.