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Saturday October 7, 2017 | YMI Cultural Center, Asheville, NC

Keynote speaker

Deena Hayes-Greene

Managing Director, Racial Equity Institute


This year’s theme: “Connecting the Dots : Working Together for a Stronger, More Equitable Local Economy” with keynote by Deena Hayes-Greene, Managing Director, Racial Equity Institute.

Enjoy performances by Word on the Street students, workshops on such topics as “Money, Money, Money,” or “Carrying Out a Built Environment Project,” panels of African American, Latinx and other business owners of color and participate in discussion groups on critical issues facing our community’s and region’s economic progress.


Free breakfast and lunch will be served by a variety of local businesses owned by people of color! Child Care and Interpretation available. Free parking at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church lot as well as in city lot directly across from Mt. Zion at the corner of Spruce and Marjorie Streets or at bottom of the hill at corner of Eagle St. and S. Charlotte.


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(subject to change)

Saturday, October 7, 2017

8:30 am

Breakfast (Catered by Tiger Bay and Kente Kitchen)

Located in the YMI Main Hall

9:00 am

Invocation and Welcome

Invocation: Reverend Amy Cantrell, Beloved Asheville

Welcome: Kimberly Hunter, Mountain BizWorks and Jane Hatley, Self-Help Credit Union

9:15 – 9:30 am

The Wake-Up Call

Establishing Group Norms and Language

Marisol Jimenez

9:35 – 10:15 am

Breakout Sessions 1

(choose one when you check in)

"Money, Money, Money"

Connecting Financial Resources for Successful Cash Flow Projections

Location: YMI Cultural Center, Main Auditorium

Joseph L. Fox, Ed.D., M.B.A., PHR

This interactive presentation focuses on identifying and connecting nonprofits and for-profit businesses to revenue streams that lead to more accurate cash flow projections.  Participants will explore topics such as system biases associated with funding institutions, identifying sources of grants, developing a grant template, leveraging funds, creating a realistic customer profile, identifying a more precise target market, and connecting market projections to cash flow projections.  The outcomes associated with this presentation are for funders, nonprofits, and for-profit businesses to develop a deeper understanding related to projecting realistic cash flow projections, to generate a list of potential funders, and for participants to share their stories related to funding efforts.


Built Environment Projects Panel

Location: The Block off Biltmore

Moderator: Kimberly Hunter, Mountain BizWorks

Presented by: Chris Joyell, (Asheville Design Center), Jessie Maxwell (Self Help Credit Union), Sage Turner (French Broad Food Coop), and Sasha Vrtunski (City of Asheville), Marisol Jimenez (Tepeyac Consulting)

10:20 – 10:50 am

Announcement of Findings of the Asheville MSA Leakage Study

Location: YMI Cultural Center, Main Auditorium

Presented by: Matt Raker, Mountain BizWorks and J. Hackett, Green Opportunities.

Study funded by the City of Asheville on behalf of the WNC New Economy Coalition: this study shows possible opportunities for new business creation or business growth/expansion, particularly for people of color.    Brenda Mills, City of Asheville: Disparity Study

10:50 – 11:00 am

Networking Break: Connecting the Dots

Location: Main Auditorium, YMI Cultural Center

Presented by: Dewana Little

Meet Someone Doing Similar Work to Yours: Same Color Dot

11:05 – 11:50 am

Breakout Sessions 2

(choose one when you check in)

Business for Business: African-American Business in Asheville

Location: Main Auditorium, YMI Cultural Center

Moderated by: Stephanie Swepson-Twitty

with Kathy Avery, Aisha Adams, Matthew Bacote, Rosanna Fox, Sandra Kilgore, Brandy Mills, Brenda Mills, and Stephen Smith

Business for Business: Latinx Business in Asheville

Location: The Sanctuary, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church

Moderated by: Adriana Chavela

with Mary Emory, Stephanie Estrada, Julieta Fumberg, Gloria Maria Llanser, Lori Garcia-McCammon

12:00 – 12:45 pm


Location:  Main Auditorium, YMI Cultural Center

Provided by: a Cornucopia of Caterers

Performance by: Word on the Street, under the direction of Tamiko Ambrose-Murray

Introduction of Caterers and Self-Help

Location: YMI Cultural Center, Main Auditorium

Presented by: Jane Hatley and Ebony Perkins, Self-Help Credit Union, Word on the Street performance


12:50 – 1:50 pm

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Deena Hayes-Greene

Location:  Main Auditorium, YMI Cultural Center

Introduction by: Marta Alcala-Williams

1:55 am – 2:05 pm

Networking Break: Connecting the Dots

Location: Main Auditorium, YMI Cultural Center

Presented by: Dewana Little

Meet Someone in a Different Line of Work: Different Color Dot

2:10 – 2:50 pm

Our Youth Our Future: The Role of our Youth in Local Economic Development

Location: Main Auditorium, YMI Cultural Center

Moderator: Tracey Greene-Washington

With Dewana Little, Keynon Lake, Shuvonda Harper, Tamiko Ambrose-Murray, Doriyan Johnson, Marta Alcala-Williams, Greta Anderson

2:55 – 3:15 pm

Call to Action

Location: The Block off Biltmore

Facilitated by: J. Hackett, Green Opportunities and Kimberly Hunter, Mountain BizWorks

3:15 – 3:25 pm

Wrap-Up and Raffle

Location:  Main Auditorium, YMI Cultural Center

Jane Hatley and Members of the “Bringing it Home” Planning Committee

3:30 pm

Hood Huggers International Tours of Traditional African-American Neighborhoods

Location: Meet right outside the YMI Cultural Center

The tour begins at 3:30pm. Each tour lasts for (1) hour and can accommodate 9 people. Limited space available, in order to reserve your space make sure to get your ticket ahead of time.

If space is still available you may sign up the day of at registration.

Fee:  $20, made payable directly to Hood Huggers International

Tremendous thanks to all of our supporters in the community!