The Quest for Economic Inclusion Panel Discussion to Help Strengthen and Scale Minority Businesses through Capital Funding

NEWARK, NJ — The National Action Network and Metropolitan Baptist Church Economic Development Ministry and MetroBiz presents a workshop to advance the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for economic advancement and self-sufficiency.  The panel discussion will bring together state officials and finance experts to help minority business owners and others develop a roadmap for success.  The workshop, ADVANCING THE DREAM: The Quest for Economic Inclusion: Strengthening and Scaling Minority Businesses through Capital Funding, will be held on Monday, January 20, 2020, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Metropolitan Baptist Church.  

"The panel discussion/workshop expands on a new direction we took three years ago to not just discuss the Dream, but to advance the Dream, particularly for entrepreneurs of color," said Dr. David Jefferson, Esq, Senior Pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church and NJ State/Board Member of the National Action Network.  "The speakers will present and a Q & A session will provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs and those seeking to start a business to begin or expand their plans to develop their business, particularly in the area of finance. We must equip entrepreneurs with the tools to stop working for others and begin working for self — small business is the foundation of our communities — in order to build our communities we must support local and entrepreneurial ventures. This program will help people accomplish this goal.

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The workshop will include a number of state, regional and national experts in the small business and finance area, including U.S. Senator Cory Booker, Hester Agudosi, Esq, Chief Diversity Officer, NJ Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Shavar Jeffries, Partner, Lowenstein Sandler, LLP, John E. Harmon, Sr., Founder/President/CEO of the New Jersey African American Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Randal Pinkett, Co-Founder/Chairman/CEO of BCT Partners, Steven J. Van Kuiken, SP, McKinsey & Company, and Clarence Williams, Managing Director of Semper Capital Management.  

The Panel will also include Jacob Walthour, Jr. Co-Founder/CEO of Blueprint Capital Advisors, LLC, Candace O. Kelley, JD, M.S., Journalist/Professor of Law and Television, Rowan University and Vivian Cox Fraser, President of the Urban League of Essex County.  

According to program organizers, those in attendance will leave with information on accessing financing, contract opportunities and more.  If you have or are considering creating a small business, you are encouraged to attend and to begin to build or expand your business. 

For more information, call 973-642-2267 or 973-348-9440.

Metropolitan Baptist Church is located at 149 Springfield Avenue in Newark.