We Mean Business 2020 | Virtual Conference

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COVID19 has knocked the wind out of many small to medium-sized businesses resulting in unsurmountable obstacles leaving many business owners without the financial means, strategies, and planning in place to quickly pivot to seize opportunities in these challenging times. 

We Mean Business, is a three-day virtual conference that will provide underutilized small to medium-sized businesses the opportunity to improve their competitive advantage by engaging in thought-provoking workshops that push the business owner outside of their comfort zone, networking opportunities which focus on problem-solving and results-oriented activities with realistic solutions and strategies that they can immediately implement.  

We Mean Business Virtual Conference intends to make the business owner rethink how they do business so that they can move beyond their status and compete in an uncertain business eco-system. 

We are not here to play, We Mean Business.

Questions about the Cincinnati Minority Business Assistance Center "We Mean Business" virtual conference should be directed to:  Deborah Davis
Media and press inquires: GameDay

Schedule

· Networking
We Mean Business Networking | Day 1
Attendees visit the virtual booths at We Mean Business Virtual Expo, while familiarizing themselves with the platform (polls, chats, 1-to-1 video networking)
· Stage
Welcome Message by Eric Kearney
ERIC KEARNEY
· Stage
Keynote Speaker: Crisis Management - Adaptive Leadership
Dr. J.C. Baker
· Sessions
Building Wealth Closing The Wealth Gap Through Business Ownership
Arthur Davis III Anne Richie
· Sessions
Disparities in Business & Property Ownership
Mike Eriksen George Middleton
· Sessions
The Impact of Real Estate Development on Business Ownership in Minority Communities
Alexander Pezo MIKE SMITH Edward Mathis
· Stage
Day 1: Closing Remarks
Bernard Johnson
· Expo
Exhibit Hall
· Networking
We Mean Business Networking | Day 2
Attendees visit the virtual booths at We Mean Business Virtual Expo, while familiarizing themselves with the platform (polls, chats, 1-to-1 video networking)
· Stage
Welcome Message by Jennifer Mackenzie
Jennifer Mackenzie
· Stage
Keynote Speaker: Positioning Your Company for the Future
Rita Ricks
· Sessions
Maintaining Relevance During a Crisis/ Identifying Marketing Opportunities
Arthur Barbut Anthony McIntosh Porscha  Jackson, PhD Ryan Rahinel, PhD
· Sessions
Local Scalability
Amy Connor Louis Garcia Anne Richie
· Sessions
What a CPA Will Tell You That QuickBooks Won’t Tell You
Michael Porter
· Stage
Day 2: Closing Remarks
Deborah Davis
· Expo
Exhibit Hall
· Networking
We Mean Business Networking | Day 3
· Stage
Welcome Message by Everett Woodel
Everett Woodel
· Sessions
How to Build Banking Relationships
Larry Forester Michael Adams
· Sessions
Are You Capital Ready?
Andre Conner
· Sessions
Alternative Funding & PPP Forgiveness Program
Ella Frye Jerome Jones Diop Adisa
· Stage
Day 3: Closing Remarks
Dr. J.C. Baker
· Expo
Exhibit Hall

Speakers

Arthur Davis III
Arthur Davis III

Owner, Davis Group, LLC

Andre Conner
Andre Conner

Ohio DSA Agency Portfolio Officer - Finance & Internal Affairs

Larry Forester
Larry Forester

Senior Vice President, Forcht Bank

Amy Connor
Amy Connor

President/Owner, CMO-OnLoan

Everett Woodel
Everett Woodel

District Director - U.S. Small Business Administration's Columbus District Office

Alexander Pezo
Alexander Pezo

CEO of Caliber Real Estate Investment Group, LLC

Valeria Swope
Valeria Swope

City of Cincinnati Development Manager Department of Economic Inclusion

George Middleton
George Middleton

President & CEO of TheGeorgeMiddleton.com

Anne Richie
Anne Richie

President & CEO of The Mezzanine Fund

Michael Porter
Michael Porter

CPA & President of M D Porter, PLLC

Aubrey McQueen
Aubrey McQueen

Outreach & Marketing Specialist

Larry Brown
Larry Brown

Procurement Specialist Ohio University Procurement Technical Assistant Center

MIKE SMITH
MIKE SMITH

President & CEO of Ironsmith Development LLC

Nicole Pickard
Nicole Pickard

U.S. Small Business Administration Lead Economic Development Specialist – Cincinnati Region

Arthur Barbut
Arthur Barbut

CEO of the Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator - Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Mike Eriksen
Mike Eriksen

University of Cincinnati Associate Professor of Real Estate & Academic Director of the UC Real Estate Center

Bob Leslie
Bob Leslie

SCORE

Diop Adisa
Diop Adisa

Entrepreneur & Social Capital Expert

Michael Adams
Michael Adams

Commercial Banking Relationship Manager, Forcht Bank

Deborah Davis
Deborah Davis

Cincinnati Regional Director of the Minority Business Assistance Center

Eric Denson
Eric Denson

City of Cincinnati Senior Development Analyst Department of Community and Economic Development

Jennifer Mackenzie
Jennifer Mackenzie

Interim Director of the Department of Economic Inclusion

Juleda Stoltz
Juleda Stoltz

Regional Outreach Manager ODOT Division of Opportunity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Tanisha Dambreville-Pierre
Tanisha Dambreville-Pierre

Interise Program Manager for Partnerships

Marlene Fout
Marlene Fout

Minority Business Assistant Center Business Advisor - Piketon Office

Mauri Griffin
Mauri Griffin

ECDI Program Administrator

Pamela Vest Boratyn
Pamela Vest Boratyn

Assistant Director of Business and Human Resources & Chief of Staff, ODOT

Louis Garcia
Louis Garcia

Owner, Garcia Media

Jerome Jones
Jerome Jones

Lender Relations Specialist, The U. S. Small Business Administration

Ella Frye
Ella Frye

Director, Cincinnati and Southern Ohio Women Business Center

Kari Hicks
Kari Hicks

Director of Technology, Progress Ally

Ryan Rahinel, PhD
Ryan Rahinel, PhD

Executive Director, Progress Ally

Porscha  Jackson, PhD
Porscha Jackson, PhD

Business Development Manager, City of Houston's Office of Business Opportunity (OBO)

Anthony McIntosh
Anthony McIntosh

President & Founder, SSE Advisors, LLC

Rita Ricks
Rita Ricks

Founder, Speaking To Your Spirit

Bernard Johnson
Bernard Johnson

Director of Programs, Interise

Edward Mathis
Edward Mathis

Vice President of Republic Commercial Real Estate

ERIC KEARNEY
ERIC KEARNEY

President & CEO, The African-American Chamber

Dr. J.C. Baker
Dr. J.C. Baker

Founder & CEO, J.C. Baker & Associates | Keynote Speaker

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Hosted by

Cincinnati Minority Business Assistance Center

Booths

We Mean Business Help Desk

We Mean Business Help Desk

Trouble Shooting and Technical Support

Prus Construction

Prus Construction

Every partnership begins with enthusiasm. But the truth is, most projects are an endurance test of goodwill and determination. At Prus we welcome that challenge, never losing sight of our common goals, because we know that’s how we’ll build something of value for you.

Metric Environmental

Metric Environmental

Metric Environmental is a sustainability consulting company that assists clients in air, water, waste compliance and workplace safety

Forcht Bank

Forcht Bank

Forcht Bank is a Kentucky-based bank with 25 locations throughout 12 community markets offering loans, mortgages, checking accounts and more.

BBB

BBB

BBB sets standards for ethical business behavior and monitors compliance. Almost 400,000 Accredited Businesses meet and commit to our high standards.

Progress Ally

Progress Ally

Progress Ally is a non-profit startup aimed at boosting businesses that demonstrate support for racial causes and engage in sustainable production.

SCORE

SCORE

For over 50 years, SCORE has served as America’s premier source of free, confidential business education and mentoring.

City of Cincinnati

City of Cincinnati

Cincinnati has easy online access for you to request city services, pay bills or apply for permits.

Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority

Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority

To shape our future by utilizing sustainable funding models to develop quality housing solutions in partnership with our community stakeholders.

Ohio Department of Transportation

Ohio Department of Transportation

With the mission to provide safe and easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) supports the state highway system and promotes transportation initiatives statewide.

Economic Community Development Institute

Economic Community Development Institute

ECDI, a statewide SBA lender, started in Columbus in 2004 before expanding to Cleveland in July 2012, Akron in November 2014 and Cincinnati in January 2018. ECDI also has Field Offices in Toledo and Canton.

Department of Economic Inclusion

Department of Economic Inclusion

The Department of Economic Inclusion is responsible for administering, enforcing, and monitoring the Equal Employment Opportunity Program, the Living Wage Program, MBE/WBE/SBE certification programs, and Local, State & Federal Prevailing Wage laws.

Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative

Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative

GCMI provides Entrepreneurship Education, Small Business Training, Business Coaching, Access to Capital, and supportive resources to low to moderate income individuals or business owners.

Minority Business Assistance Center

Minority Business Assistance Center

The Minority Business Assistance Centers (MBACs) provide MBE and EDGE entrepreneurs with management, technical, financial and contract procurement assistance in addition to loan and bond packaging services. These services are available without cost to businesses located throughout Ohio and serve the needs of Ohio’s small, minority and disadvantaged businesses.

Ohio SBDC

Ohio SBDC

The Ohio Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provide business counseling and assistance to individuals who are either starting or growing their business.

Ohio Department of Administrative Services

Ohio Department of Administrative Services

The Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS), led by Matthew M. Damschroder, is committed to providing quality centralized services, specialized support and innovative solutions to state agencies, boards and commissions as well as local governments and state universities.