Cape Fear Region Minority Enterprise Development Week Conference

Wednesday, October 24

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The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Facilities will host the fourth annual Cape Fear Region Minority Enterprise Development Week Conference Oct. 24 and 25. 

The event is being held in conjunction with the Coalition Business Roundtable breakfast.  The Coalition, sponsored by Live Oak Bank and the Greater Wilmington Business Journal, includes 10 entrepreneurial support organizations that provide services and support to startups and small businesses.

The two-day event provides opportunities for networking and presents workshops to help grow and strengthen businesses. The conference begins at 2 p.m., Oct 24 with a workshop, vendor fair and reception at the Burney Center on the UNCW campus. This year’s theme is “The Art of Mastering Your Business ROR (Return on Relationship).  The deadline to register is Oct. 20. The event is free and open to the public.

Katrina M. Harrell, CEO of Sage22 Ventures LLC, will lead a workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 24 titled "Sustain Your Dream! How Developing Structures and Systems Keep Your Business in Business.” Harrell is also the co-founder The Launch Project, an economic empowerment, business training company and entrepreneurship investment for underserved individuals in predominantly distressed communities. The conference resumes on Thursday, Oct. 25 in the Burney Center, beginning with the Coalition Business Roundtable breakfast, where attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and get input in three roundtable discussions on different topics; and continuing with workshops; and a message from keynote speaker Gloria Shealey, president and CEO of The Daniele Company.