Thursday, November 17th, 2022

1201 Boston Post Rd Unit #1092, Milford, CT 06460

Thursday, November 17th, 2022
Morning Sessions

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Shirley Ha Chock
Aiping Tai Chi

Tai Chi Session with Shirley Ha Chock

7:45am - 8:30am

7:45am - 8:30am

East Summit Room

East Summit Room

This is for those who want to get their mind, body, and spirit ready for this Summit. Shirley will take you on a gentle mindful movement journey. For those of you who need physical modification, you can be seated.

The purpose of this experience is for you to have a clear, focused, and calm mind to get the most out of this Summit. Shirley will focus on posture and breathing, and now to stay relaxed and get through the day in the most positive state of mind.

Terrence Harding
Terrence Harding
Breakfast Keynote Speaker

Breakfast

7:30am - 9:30am

7:30am - 9:30am

Foyer

Foyer

Enjoy a full hot & Continental breakfast after your Tai Chi class with Shirley Ha Chock. Network with people you have not met before, reconnect with old business acquaintances, check your emails, or quietly listen to the Tibetan Meditation Bowls with Health & Wellness Expert Tamar Draughn.

Terrence Harding will be the Keynote Speaker during breakfast. Terrence is a member of the Notorious B.I.G.’s rap group Jr. Mafia turned Real Estate Broker to the stars.
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Tamar Draughn
Health & Wellness Officer

Tibetan Bowls Music

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m

Main Room

Main Room


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Anne Marie Knight, E.D., BBA
Opening Remarks &  Purpose.

Opening Remarks

9:00am - 10:00am

9:00am - 10:00am

Main Room

Main Room

Anne Marie Knight, E.D., BBA, Opening Remarks
Howard K. Hill, Co-Chair MBI Opening Remarks, Howard K. Hill Funeral Services

KEYNOTE SPEAKER 9:15 a.m.
David Lehman
David LehmanCo-Chair MBI Opening Remarks
Commissioner, CT DECD
Howard K Hill
Howard K HillCo-Chair MBI Opening Remarks,
Howard K. Hill Funeral Services
Alan Tan
Alan TanCo-Chairperson, CT CWCSEO
Douglas McCrory
Douglas McCroryState Senator
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Dr. Fred McKinney
Moderator - Economist, Author, and Founder, BMJ (Economic) Solutions
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Kim B Hawkins
Introduction of the Moderator, Dr. Fred McKinney

A Real Conversation with the Banks About What They are Doing for Minority Businesses When It Comes to Access to Capital, Investment, and Supplier Diversity

10:00am - 11:15am

10:00am - 11:15am

Main Room

Main Room

Entrepreneurship can be a strong catalyst for economic mobility and wealth building. The need for capital is critical for businesses to survive, sustain, thrive and grow. Before and since the pandemic minority businesses across the spectrum have experienced varying levels of challenge in securing financing to keep their businesses afloat. Funding still remains a stark challenge for businesses of color.

Come meet and listen to Moderator, Dr. Fred McKinney as he leads a panel discussion with top financial and investment senior executives, and decision-makers to discuss the status of supporting minority businesses.

The panelists will also share what their specific investment strategy is to reach and engage these communities to help your business secure investment, funding, and access to capital. The panelists will talk about their supplier diversity programs and what you need to do business with them.

Our Panelists

David Femi
David FemiSenior Vice President, Head of Multicultural Banking & Diverse Market Strategy, M&T Bank
Marlon Samuels
Marlon SamuelsVP - Pusuit | Community Finance
Glendowlyn Thames
Glendowlyn ThamesPublic Policy and Economic Development, Amazon
William Curtin
William CurtinV.P. of Business Banking, Liberty Bank
Sonia Alvelo
Sonia AlveloOwner, Latin Financial
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Conor Phoenix
Supervisory Special Agent of the cyber squad in the FBI’s New Haven Field Office

Cyber Security Strategies to Protect Your Business

10:00am - 11:00am

10:00am - 11:00am

West Summit Room

West Summit Room

The Internet and being online allows businesses of all sizes and from any location to reach new and larger markets and provides opportunities to work more efficiently by using computer-based tools.

Whether you are a company, adopting cloud computing, or using email, smartphone devices, or IPAD and maintaining a website, cybersecurity needs to be a part of your day-to-day business action plan. The theft of digital information is one of the most reported frauds, exceeding burglary, or physical theft. Every business that uses the Internet or any of the devices above is responsible for creating a culture of security that will primarily protect and enhance your own business and maintain consumer confidence. If your phone, desktop computer, laptop, or notebook has been hacked, or you’ve victim of a scam. This workshop is for you.
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Carina Yorski
Supplier Diversity
Eversource

Opportunities for Women and Minority Owned Businesses

11:15am - 11:30am

11:15am - 11:30am

Main Room

Main Room

Carina Yorski of the Supplier Diversity department at Eversource will speak about its active supplier diversity program at Eversource.

Carina will speak to minority and women-owned businesses on what they need to know to be a part of Eversource's Supplier Diversity Program.

If you are interested in doing business with Eversource, this presentation is for you
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Manuel Rivera III
Sr. Partner - Coinbridge Partners

The Three T's of Cryptocurrency

11:30am - 12:30pm

11:30am - 12:30pm

West Summit Room

West Summit Room

Crypto can be a driver for equity for the minority business owner. Black, Latino, Native American, and Asian professionals and business owners are redefining money and wealth, “fueling a relatively new $3 trillion market, by creating a new financial system.

For those of you who may be locked out of the mainstream financial system, cryptocurrencies can offer you a new opportunity to build wealth and fully participate in the American economy.”

Speaker Manny Rivera will discuss blockchain 101 and the “3T’s of Crypto” – Training, Trading, and Transactions. Training and education are key in this space. Educating minority-owned businesses and professionals on what blockchain is, training on how to operate it, and trading one asset for another is power.  Manny will talk about transactions, how they are recorded and what you should know about them to build wealth
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Dan Haar
Hearst Media, Award Winning Business Columnist

Minority Business Roles in Economic & Community Development to Rebuild Distressed Communities of Color

11:30am - 12:30pm

11:30am - 12:30pm

Main Room

Main Room

Minority businesses must have the social and economic tools to leverage to rebuild their community without leaving families behind. Revitalization without gentrification must include the Minority Business playing a pivotal role in how this gets done. Award-winning Business Columnist and noted journalist Dan Haar will talk with this panel of experts discussing economic revitalization from their unique perspectives as well as the role of minority businesses, and the importance of focusing on the injection of capital to redress the structural economic roadblocks we face in communities of color.

Our Panelists

Leticia (Colon) Colon de Mejias
Leticia (Colon) Colon de MejiasGreen Eco Warriors
Irving Henderson
Irving HendersonDeveloper, Hartford Renaissance District
Michele Scott
Michele ScottTribal Councilor and Chairwoman of Economic Development Committee
Juan Salas-Romer
Juan Salas-RomerPresident & CEO/NHR Group/E.D. Knownpreneurs Growth Lab

Afternoon Sessions

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Lunch

12:30pm to 2:00pm

12:30pm to 2:00pm

East Summit Room

East Summit Room

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Moderator Jocelyn Maminta, 
Fmr. Award Winning News Anchor
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Elizabeth K. Nocera,
Economic Development Coordinator
Introducing Moderator Jocelyn Maminta

The Power and Resilience of Being a Woman-Owned Business. The Lessons We Learn & Can Teach Other Women Businesses In Order to Win!

2:00pm - 3:15pm

2:00pm - 3:15pm

Main Room

Main Room

Women’s businesses continue to be the driver of the state and the National economy. MWBES were less likely to survive the great recession but ironically drove the recovery; they survived the pandemic with determination and resiliency. Many challenges still face woman-owned businesses when it comes to equity in entrepreneurship and opportunity.

Legendary Journalist and Host Jocelyn Maminta will lead an impressive panel of highly accomplished women business owners who will share their journey, the lessons, and advice women uniquely need for success. If you are a woman-owned business, this panel is for you. Come meet the Queens of Business!

Our Panelists

Alisa Bowens Mercado
Alisa Bowens MercadoRhythm Brewery
Dr. Roberta Hoskie
Dr. Roberta HoskieOutreach Realty Servicing, Best Selling Author
Catherine Marx
Catherine MarxDistrict Director, Connecticut District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration
Shirley Ha Chock
Shirley Ha ChockAiping Tai Chi
MYOB Session
Joseph W. Williams Jr.
Director of NHE3 Operations

Minding Your Business

2:15pm - 3:15pm

2:15pm - 3:15pm

West Summit Room

West Summit Room

If you are thinking about starting a business, have just started, or have been in business for some time, it is important to know there is a commitment to ongoing business development and learning for your growth. The business world is rapidly changing, and entrepreneurs must always be up to date with the latest tools and advancements for success.

Join us as our speaker presents you with especially important tips to help you provide and enhance exceptional service, practice good and responsible financial habits, and understand failures is what NBA G.O.A.T. Michael Jordan said….I’ve failed over and over and over in my life. And that is why I succeeded.” You will learn how to better “Mind Your Business” by identifying weaknesses early and making the necessary change for sustainability, growth, and success.
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Sistah Anyango
Flyy Movement

THE 7TH INNING STRETCH – TIME TO REVIVE

3:15pm - 3:45pm

3:15pm - 3:45pm

East Summit Room

East Summit Room

You had a full breakfast and a robust lunch, and after sitting for a few hours listening to these dynamic panelists and speakers, you may need a shot of energy. Sistah Anyango of the Flyy Movement will get your blood pumping and out of your seats with a fun dance from the African Diaspora to fuel you. Get Ready, Get Set & Dance!

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June Archer
Author Motivational Speaker, Host of 50-Cent’s TV Show, Producer of 100 Black Men & Women of Color

HOLDING COURT FOR THE FUTURE - THE MILLENNIALS & GEN Z

3:45pm - 5:00pm

3:45pm - 5:00pm

Main Room

Main Room

Millennials are on the verge of becoming the overwhelming majority in the workforce and business. According to Forbes Magazine by 2025. Gen Z is less than a step behind this demographic in even greater numbers. The professional workforce and business will be revolutionized.

Join celebrity Host, Moderator, Motivational Speaker, and Author June Archer as he talks to the up-and-coming Power Generations of minority businesses who are staking their claim in the new economy, and what they are doing for success. If you are an Intrapreneur, Entrepreneur, Millennial, or Gen Z business this exciting panel is for you.

Our Panelists

Shawn Liu
Shawn LiuDirector of Digital Technologies
Chiziterem
Chiziterem "Chizzi" UwagaFounder/COO Smart Seal
Rafey Zaheer
Rafey ZaheerOwner of Medzah Medical Supplies
JoJo
JoJoOwner, of Slay Jay Beauty
Myngoc Jennifer Ho
Myngoc Jennifer HoBoard Certified P.A.
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Ramon Peralta
Peralta Design, Author, and TEDx Speaker

IMPROVE YOUR BUSINESS BRAND TO BUILD YOUR PRESENCE & WEALTH

4:00pm - 5:00pm

4:00pm - 5:00pm

West Summit Room

West Summit Room

If you want to learn the secrets to marketing, promoting, and branding your business the right way, look no further than Ramon Peralta of Peralta Design. Ramon will help you accelerate your path to success by launching your Brand the correct way. You will learn the essential guide to creating and controlling your brand and its identity. This session is for all businesses that want to be an influencer and increase their brand and bottom line over time significantly.
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Yvonne Davis
Moderator - Foreign Policy Television & Radio News Analyst

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HOST & EVENT MANAGER FOR THE MINORITY BUSINESS UNITY RECEPTION

5:30pm - 8:30pm

5:30pm - 8:30pm

Main Room

Main Room

Hosted and managed by Drew Angelo of Onyx Elite with Co-Host, Speaker, Model, Fitness, and Finance Expert Erika Porras invite all minority businesses, corporations, and entities in the public and private sectors to connect and meet one another at the Minority Business Unity Reception. Author and motivational speaker Tim Sanders said, “Your Network is Your Net Worth.” This is an opportunity for corporate, industry leaders, and government officials to meet and engage Minority and Women-owned businesses in a business card exchange.

Sitting in the Directors’ chairs are special guests such as the Chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, Rodney Butler, Former Rap Artist with the Notorious B.I.G.’s Jr. Mafia turned Real Estate Broker to the stars Terrance Harding, and Social Media Influencer and Celebrity Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), chef, registered dietitian, and artist Zoey Gong will chat with Moderator and Foreign Policy Television News Analyst Yvonne Renee Davis to talk about success, their personal journey, and what they did. They will share gems of truth you can employ to build your network and net worth for sustainable success.

This reception will be the most rewarding networking experience of 2022!

Our Speakers, Hosts, & Panelists

Paul Robertson
Paul RobertsonDeputy Commissioner, CT. DECD
Opening Remarks
Zoey Gong
Zoey GongChinese Herbalist
Drew Angelo
Drew AngeloCo-Host & Minority Unity Reception Event Manager
Terrence Harding
Terrence HardingMember of the Notorious B.I.G.’s rap group Jr. Mafia turned Real Estate Broker to the stars
Erika Porras
Erika PorrasCo-Host
Jameka Jefferies
Jameka JefferiesDiamond Realty Partners
Rodney Butler
Rodney ButlerChairman, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

Entertainment Provided By:

DJ Buck
DJ BuckDJ, Entertainer, Host
Sistah Anyango
Sistah AnyangoFlyy Movement
Mashantucket Drummers
Mashantucket DrummersMashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation
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1201 Boston Post Rd Unit #1092, Milford, CT 06460

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