The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit is returning to Charlotte June 6-9. The summit seeks to facilitate the advancement of black-owned companies through sessions that highlight successful business strategies.
For one Charlotte-based entrepreneur, the positives outweighed the negatives when she considered her startup. Vanessa Vaughn, founder of Asfalis, a crisis management consulting firm, said.
“I have complete control over our creativity. As an entrepreneur I also have the flexibility to be mobile and do business anywhere and see my family, which is most important to me,” Vaughn said.
Vaughn stressed the importance organizations like Black Enterprise to provide resources and create opportunities to educate and engage minority businesses.
“Providing access to capital, resources, business development opportunities, as well as bringing in business leaders who have been where others want to go is critical,” Vaughn said. “BE has the access, resources and depth to show us black business leaders who have accumulated wealth by building a sustainable business.”
The summit networking opportunity will give attendees access to the connections, financing, resources and strategic insight to launch and grow a business.
“We have grown to appreciate the Queen City as one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities with a positive business climate for companies, both large and small,” Earl G. Graves Jr., president and chief executive officer of Black Enterprise, said.
Vaughn wants black business owners to gain a new perspective and different view on how to grow a business, make valuable connections and enhance relationships.
“We are lucky to have BE here and we want to show BE and the nation that this is an outstanding climate to promote black entrepreneurship,” James Mitchell, Charlotte city councilman and chairman of the summit’s ambassador committees, said.
“Diversity is critical for all businesses,” Vaughn said. “Step outside of your comfort zone and connect with people from different ethnicities, backgrounds and cultures. The more we better understand our community, the greater the impact.”
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