Forum will spearhead the commemoration of “National Black Business Month”
On Wednesday, August 3, 2011, The African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida will host a White House Urban Entrepreneurship Forum at the National Entrepreneurship Center (inside the Fashion Square Mall). In addition to the White House Office of Public Engagement, the forum features a wide array of partners including Florida Hospital, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, The City of Orlando, Operation HOPE, 100 Urban Entrepreneurs, Startup America Partnership, Minority Angel Investor Network and multiple federal agencies.
In June the White House co-hosted its first Urban Entrepreneurship Summit. Due to the overwhelming success of that event, the White House announced a series of Urban Entrepreneurship Forums in cities around the country. Orlando is the fifth stop within the series of Urban Entrepreneurship Forums following Newark NJ, New Orleans LA, Atlanta GA, and New York City NY. The purpose of this event is to discuss best practices with urban entrepreneurs and hear their feedback on how the Obama Administration and the private sector can best support their growth and success in the global economy.
“We are pleased that Florida Hospital has taken on such a major role in helping us organize this Forum. Florida Hospital along with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and the City of Orlando continue to show their commitment by leveraging their relationship and resources to support our local entrepreneurs. It is fitting that we have come together in August, National Black Business Month to make this Roundtable Forum possible for our members and the wider community”, said Dr. Robert M. Spooney, President of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida.
The discussion will be moderated by Michael A. Blake, Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement, beginning at 4PM. Panelists for the Roundtable include local entrepreneurs, representatives from the City of Orlando, Orange County Business Development, Orlando Downtown Development Board, Lynx Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, the U.S. Black Chamber, the Department of Commerce, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the U.S. Department of Treasury.
The African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida serves the community as a conduit in providing invaluable mentoring, seminars, and network functions that assist its members with designing blueprints for business development, growth, and success.