Dear Member:

You're invited to join our "Building Economic Power in Black Communities Through Business and Entrepreneurship" session, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co., at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's (CBCF) 48th Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. This panel discussion will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. ET at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (Room 103A).

We're also excited to announce the following panelists and moderators:
Susan Taylor Batten
President and CEO, ABFE
Ted Archer
VP of Small Business, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Chris Wheat
Director of Business Research,
JPMorgan Chase Institute
William A. Darity, Jr.
Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics; and the director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University
Tom Shapiro
Director of the Institute on Assets and Social Policy and is the David R. Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
Kim Zeuli
Senior Fellow at Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC)
Connie Evans
President and CEO, Association of Enterprise Opportunity (AEO)
Natalie Madeira Cofield
Founder at Walker's Legacy Foundation
Chris Bradshaw
Executive Director, Dreaming Out Loud
Carl Banks,
President, G-III Apparel Group
Travis Gumbs
Co-Founder, Street Etiquette
Sekou Kaaland
Head of Business Development,
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Erik Hall
Director of Business Development Chicago, GCM Grosvenor
Melissa Bradley
Managing Director of Project 500 
Dre Taylor
Founder, Nile Valley Aquaponics
Aaron Saunders
Founder/CEO Clearly Innovative & Inclusive Innovation Incubator (In3DC)
Bea Feliu-Espada
Founder, CEO, The Honey Pot Company
Anasa Troutman
Executive Director of Clayborn Temple
Our session will be centered on exploring the economic impact of Black entrepreneurs, improving the flow of capital to Black-owned businesses, and identifying the support that is needed for Black-owned businesses to prosper. Despite a 35% [i] increase of black-owned firms across diverse industries, inequities remain that exacerbate the racial wealth gap can play a leading role in fostering investment strategies to help spur economic opportunity for minority-owned businesses.

In addition to our session, we want to invite you to also check out the Chase for Business BizMobile on Friday, September 14 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m . (located at In3DC /Howard University). Chase consultants will offer complimentary one-on-one sessions for students and the public interested in obtaining insights on entrepreneurship and business. To sign up for your free 20-minute appointment, click here (limited slots available).

Space is limited. Please RSVP below ( this specific session is free to ABFE Members; however, to attend other CBCF ALC '18 activities, please visit their website to register ). We hope you can join us on September 14th as we seek to inform our members and friends on the benefits of building Black economic power. If you have any questions, please contact Kobe Swanson, communications manager, at .

A Special Thanks to our Sponsor
Building Economic Power in Black Communities
Walter E. Washington Convention Center (Room 103A) | Washington, D.C.

09/14/18 11:30am - 09/14/18 1:30pm

Hosted by ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities in partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co.
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