Here’s why Black business owners should attend the National Black Chamber of Commerce conference

Photo source: Yvette N. Harris with Harris Public Relations
Photo source: Yvette N. Harris with Harris Public Relations

One of the most influential events for Black business owners is quickly approaching. The National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) is presenting its 23rd annual conference from Aug. 5-8 in Hollywood, Florida. This year’s event will be themed “The Family Business” and plans to have something of substance in store for each member of the family unit — from the business-savvy parent all the way down to the young aspiring entrepreneur. This year’s conference will be packed with well-known, successful individuals and is sure to be life-changing. As NBCC co-founder Kay Debow said, “This is the most comprehensive and informative business conference in the nation.”

Here are a few reasons why every Black business owner needs to be at the NBCC conference this year:


Business advice will be given by popular businesspeople.

It’s generally a smart idea to take advice from those who are in a position you strive to be in. At the NBCC conference, those providing advice won’t just be little-known businessmen. Many figures who will be speaking are power-house entrepreneurs. Some of those in attendance will be FUBU vice president and co-founder J. Alexander Martin, former “Judge Hatchet” star Judge Glenda Hatchett, “Meet the Browns” actor Lamman Rucker, Slip-N-Slide Records CEO Ted Lucas, and Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson (via video).


You will learn about tips that will economically advance your entire family.

The main focus of The Family Business event is to financially enrich Black families. The event will touch on the importance of education and HBCUs and feature a “Family Secrets” discussion that will break down how to get ex-convicts on the right track; capital access; how to use census data for marketing; and international trade, all of which is vital for economic empowerment within families. Several families who are in business together will also be present to educate their audience.

Major opportunities for young entrepreneurs will be available.

The NBCC conference will be hosting the Pass The Torch Young Entrepreneurs Business Pitch Competition and mentorship panel. This segment of the gathering will allow young businesspeople ages 17-27 to present their business idea, products and new technology to a celebrity panel of judges consisting of Rucker, Martin, and Lucas. Finalists will be provided with feedback and direction on their idea, while winners will receive a cash prize and a round trip plane ticket.

Financial and health segments for women will be available.

Judge Hatchet will co-host the Women’s Afternoon Tea along with president of Florida Memorial University Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis and actress Chenoa Maxwell. The ladies will discuss issues that today’s women entrepreneurs face. Also, each morning there will be a fitness and nutrition session sponsored by the Women Arena Football League, who will provide helpful tips on eating healthy and staying fit.

There will be entertainment.

For the third year, the NBCC Fashion House will present the “Fashion Means Business” charity celebrity runway show. Hosted by Brely Evans, the show will help support creative fashion leaders..

Click here to register for the NBCC conference.

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