There is a strong, innovative spirit within Raleigh’s black entrepreneur community. Last week, Raleigh celebrated this spirit during Black Entrepreneurship Week (BEW). Participants of BEW had the chance to attend seminars on funding, brand building sessions, pitch practice (including a shark tank panel of judges), keynote presentations, and various receptions. The weeklong celebration offered participants the chance to share their story and network with other business professionals in our community. Highlights from the week included hearing from these successful entrepreneurs:
- Everette Taylor (Founder, PopSocial)
- Dee C. Marshall (CEO Diverse & Engaged, LLC)
- Benjamin Crump (Attorney)
Several of the BEW events took place at the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce which offered participants the chance to learn about the value of the Chamber and the resources it provides. Many Chamber employees attend the events and provided support to participants. Danya Perry, equitable economic development manager for Wake County Economic Development, shared his thoughts on BEW, “Black Entrepreneurship Week exemplifies the power of collaboration, partnership, and a commitment to exalt the voice of black entrepreneurs in our economic ecosystem. This week was not just a celebration of black entrepreneurs – it was a celeration of the entrepreneurial spirit.”
We look forward to supporting this weeklong event next year. Please visit the Shaw University Innovation and Entrepreneurship website for updates.
Photos by Danya Perry