ATLANTA, GA - Nonprofit, The Black Burdell, Inc. is making major strides as they bring their one-of-a-kind, inaugural Burdell’s School of Entrepreneurship Conference to a close this past weekend. This one-day startup conference brought together some of the best and brightest minority entrepreneurs and gave practical tactics on growing their business, no matter what stage of the the process attendees were in With over 70 attendees consisting of high school students, college students, and young professionals and 20 Black, millennial CEO and company founders presenting – this conference was truly one of a kind and changed the face of entrepreneurship.
The purpose of the conference was to educate, empower, and inspire black, millennial entrepreneurs. BSOE Conference focused on refining the building blocks of attendees’ businesses, collaborating to continuously build their networks, and provide peer-to-peer motivation to continue to make their passions a reality.
Alton Walker, CEO of NextIn Line Networks kicked the day off with a comedic stand up routine focused on the hustle it takes to be a successful entrepreneur despite the commonly-discussed clichés. At lunch, Techturized CEO and co-founder, Candace Mitchell presented, “We Got the Keys,” in which she translated DJ Khaled’s infamous “I Got The Keys,” single into fundamental business advice for up-and-coming entrepreneurs.
Conference workshops ranged in innovative topics including “Entrepreneurship 101”, “Stop Dreaming, Start Scheming,” “Navigating your Niche,” “Leadership in Entrepreneurship,” “That’s Law,” “Live Business Consulting,” and many more. Workshop facilitators and presenters represented executive leadership of over 15 different black-owned businesses in Atlanta.
In addition to fruitful workshops, the BSOE Conference incorporated: six “En.Power Hour” presentations in which young professional entrepreneurs presented topics and lessons learned from their start ups, a collegiate pitch competition for new entrepreneurs, and a high school, “Idea-thon,” where students were forced to ideate a new business that addresses a modern day challenge. Sponsors VKV Communication, Vizual Hub, and VividATL also provided free LinkedIn Photos for all attendees.
The Black Burdell, Inc. partnered with their strategic partner, I Am Black Business, LLC, to end the entrepreneurship-filled day at local, Atlanta city club The Gathering Spot. Together community leaders and local entrepreneurs gathered to, “Celebrate Black Excellence and Black Business.”
The Black Burdell, Inc. is eagerly planning the launch of their second annual “Cultivating Entrepreneurs Scholarship,” and other 2017 events focused on supporting, promoting, and cultivating African American Entrepreneurs and businesses.