The Black Burdell Gives The Keys to Success at Their Second Annual Conference

Brandon Miller                      
The Black Burdell


The Black Burdell Gives The Keys to Success at Their Second Annual Conference
Non-Profit Organization Brings Budding Entrepreneurs Together Rethink Business

ATLANTA,GA – For the second year in a row Atlanta-based non-profit organization The Black Burdell brought speakers and guests from across the nation to collaborate at their Black School of Entrepreneurship Conference.  The one day event consisted of advice, life lessons and trainings to educate, empower, and inspire entrepreneurship in the African-American community.  Over 75 ranging in age from high school to young professionals attended series of workshops hosted by some of the brightest minds in the community to redefine what it means to be an entrepreneur and build their network to fulfil their dreams. 

The conference kicked off on Friday night as The Black Burdell hosted a happy hour at local Atlanta creative hub The Gathering Spot.  Guests heard the musical selections by DJ Cru (Dajuan Crooms) as well as a special performance by Raiin Dance Theater.  A panel was also introduced to discuss creativity as entrepreneurs. 

The BSOE Conference commenced with a powerful keynote address from Daniel Calderon, co-founder of the innovative freelance creative agency Four Thirty. Calderon, who recently celebrated his two-year anniversary as a full blown entrepreneur, spoke on the difficulty he had to over become such as being put out of his home in high-school and struggling to find his purpose and how it shapes his work ethic he has today.  The second keynote was delivered by local business owner Kenneth L Wright, Jr owners of Klean Gent and several other business ventures. His message centered on timing and the work you have to do between starting and success. 

Throughout the day conference attendees sat in a variety of sessions ranging in topics of public speaking, marketing, scholarship funding, and social media influence.  Facilitators and speakers came from all over the country to represent their business and talents.  Midday attendees heard from panelists Matthew Mccurdy, Amanda Muhammad, Dr. Ayanna Abrams, and Marcella Ryan-Harris during Q & A discussion on the importance of mental health as an entrepreneur and how to care for yourself.  

The day concluded with a Ted Talk style of mini presentations. The Empower Hour granted young professionals to tell their stories in condensed form and major lessons they had learned to give encouragement to those in the room.  Creative talks were given on an array of topics from success to financial freedom.  Everyone was given a new planner by sponsor Passion Planner to be able to write down their path to success starting that day. Brandon Miller, co-founder of The Black Burdell and, also gave away his new Brand U work book to a winner to helping with personal branding. Other sponsors such as Georgia States Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute, Passion Planner, Khris Kross Creations, Intelligent Change, Kit Guru, Impact Specialty Promotions, VKV Communications, Tektography, and TJ Photography gave their talents, space, giveaways, and gifts to be raffled off throughout the day, . 

The Black Burdell is committed to creating a network of success among minority entrepreneurs. They are already hard at work planning significant goals for the 2018 conference as well as other events in various cities to not only promote their mission but to raise funds for scholarships. 

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The Black Burdell, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Atlanta, which aims to nurture the many seeds of Black owned businesses through promoting, supporting, and cultivating Black student entrepreneurs and Black-owned businesses. It is a vehicle for young entrepreneurs to access knowledge, resources, and networks in an effort to efficiently build strong black businesses in our communities with the main engines being their Cultivating Entrepreneurs Scholarship and Burdell’s School of Entrepreneurship Conference. Since 2016, the group has awarded three $1,000 scholarships to three collegiate students with budding businesses: Michole Washington, Jon Johnson, and TJ Funso. Each student oversees his or her own entrepreneurial venture, as Washington is the founder of a non-traditional tutoring service called Afrithmetic, Johnson is the creator of a multifaceted educational and mentorship service known as iEducate, and Funso is the founder of a freelance photography agency, T. Funso Photos, and beauty delivery tech startup, Nexxchair.


Brandon Miller
President, the Black Burdell, Inc.


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