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The 9th annual MKE Business Now Entrepreneurship Summit, hosted by Alder Woman Forever A. Coggs, will take place this Saturday, January 30th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The MKE Business Now Entrepreneurship Summit, a city-approved event, is designed to support the growth of local entrepreneurship and assist innovators in fueling economic development, neighborhood reinvestment and job creation. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be held practically this year and will include workshops to educate budding entrepreneurs on the resources available to help them be successful in their business activities. The event is sponsored by Historic King Drive # 8 Business Improvement District, the City of Justice and Inclusion Office, and Alderwoman Coggs.
“Whether you’re growing or starting a business, the MKE Business Now Entrepreneurship Summit can help you gain valuable resources and insight from local business owners. I hope everyone interested in entrepreneurship will take advantage of this amazing opportunity, especially as companies continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, ”said Alderwoman Coggs.
This year’s virtual summit will be broadcast live on the City Channel (Channel 25 on Spectrum Cable and Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse in the City of Milwaukee) and via streaming video on the city’s website at city.milwaukee.gov/Channel25 . Business Resource Packs will be available next week in select Milwaukee Public Library branches.
The workshops for the event include:
•10 am – Navigating COVID: Reviewing Business Security Best Practices for Your Employees. Presented by the Milwaukee City Health Department and the Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce.
• 11 clock – Business Resources: COVID Response & Beyond (Financial support for your company). Presented by Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC), Wisconsin African American Chamber of Commerce, Kiva Greater Milwaukee, and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).
• 12 o’clock – Chaos + Creativity: Marketing through Chaos. Presented by Ebony Ssali – Brand & Creative Director of Ssali Media Group.
A panel discussion with current business owners will take place at the MKE Business Now Entrepreneurship Summit at 1 p.m. The panel will be moderated by Chauntel McKenzie – CEO and Principal Strategist The PowHER Network. Panelists include: Anthony Kazee – Principal, KG Developer Group; Nyesha Stone – Founder, Carvd N Stone; Tonda Thompson – owner of Vogue Dreams, LLC, She Slangs Wood Co., and lead organizer of HaRUNBee Walk / Run; Christine Tackes – Owner / Operator, Nylah Rose Boutique; Taj Pearsall – Franchisee / Operator, Buffalo Boss Wings & Things; and JohnRae Stowers – Owner & Stylist, JazzyRae Jewels & Accessories.