The Cedar Valley Minority Business & Entrepreneurship Accelerator
The 24/7 Black Leadership Advancement Consortium is excited to launch the Cedar Valley Minority Business & Entrepreneurship Accelerator (MBEA) and Financial Empowerment Series as of August 10, 2020. Entrepreneurs and small businesses in the Waterloo community have unquestionably been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Of all vulnerable small businesses, minority-owned businesses could be most at risk. According to the Census Bureau and Labor Statistics Black-owned businesses have experienced the largest losses from February to April, losing 41% of active business owners. Also disappearing are 32% of Latino business owners, 36% of immigrant business owners, and 25% of female-owned businesses. Click here to register as a business seeking to participate.
Building Wealth 101
There is a unique set of financial literacy skills that accompany the journey to creating financial wealth; information that is not always readily available to underrepresented populations. The goal of the Building Wealth financial empowerment series is to connect with historically marginalized and underbanked populations to create businesses, build financial empowerment and resiliency skills, reach financial goals and explore asset building.
On Saturday August 15, 2020 from 10am to 12pm attendees learned invaluable financial investment skills from National Sales Director Primerica, Keith Chappelle.
The Journey "Entrepreneurship & Financial Empowerment"
Entrepreneurship cultivates innovation and job generation for our global economy and many new career opportunities have been attributed to an increased number of small to mid-level business owners. Yet there is a unique set of finance and business development skills that accompany the journey to launching and sustaining a successful business; information that historically has not been readily available for minority business owners. “The Journey” focused on analyzing the issues faced by new, small and mid-level businesses from ideation to opening day, with a goal of developing a set of skills that have wide application for an array of situations. Led by Herbert Washington, one of the Largest Black McDonald’s Owner/Operator’s, founder HLW Fast Track Inc. and former World Champion Oakland A’s team member.
Executive Leadership with Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren
On June 24, 2020 the 24/7 Black Leadership Advancement Consortium hosted our inaugural Virtual Executive Leadership Forum for Black Professionals featuring Kevin Warren, the 6th Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference and first Black Commissioner in its history.
Skill Up Virtual Career Development Symposium
On May 28, HR Executives and Business Leaders invited Black Professionals looking to reach the next level in their career to participate in "Skill UP", a Virtual Career Development Symposium featuring interview training, resume review and workplace culture analysis. Participants will be sent a zoom link two days prior to the event. Skill Up is brought to you by UNI Chief Diversity Officer, UNI-Cue Executive Director, Hawkeye Diversity and Inclusion Director, the Chief Officer of Human Resources and Equity Waterloo Schools and additional area agencies.