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Saturday, July 28 2018

8:30am – 5:00pm

AB Tech / Mission Health Conference Center

CALLING YOUTH ENTREPRENEURS: Sign up here to promote your business at the Youth Business Expo or to pitch your business to the Bringing it Home audience!


Keynote speakers

Martin Eakes

Chief Executive Officer, Self-Help/Center for Responsible Lending

Mr. Eakes co-founded Self-Help, a community development lender and credit union, in 1980. Self-Help is a leading national community development financial institution headquartered in Durham, NC. Since 1980, Self-Help has provided over $7 billion in financing to 146,000 families, individuals and businesses. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by providing responsible financial services; lending to individuals, small businesses and nonprofits; developing real estate; and promoting fair financial practices across the nation. Through its credit union network, Self-Help serves over 147,000 people in North Carolina, California, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Florida.

In 1998, Eakes helped form the Coalition for Responsible Lending, a group of 120 CEOs from financial institutions and organizations representing three million North Carolina citizens, to oppose predatory lending practices in NC and nationally.


Gloria Shealey

President and CEO of the Daniele Company

As President and CEO of The Daniele Company, Gloria has demonstrated professional expertise as an accomplished executive with more than 25 years in building construction and project management. Gloria is the chief strategist and business developer for the company in transforming visions into reality for its clients in both construction services and business engineering consulting. She also served as the first woman President of the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC), a 49-year old construction trade association from 2012 – 2015 and was inducted into NAMC’s Hall of Fame, the organization’s highest honor of distinction. She is a founding member and former Chair of the North Carolina Chapter of NAMC, United Minority Contractors of North Carolina (UMCNC). She was recently honored as the 2018 Business Woman of the Year by the Greater Durham Black Chamber of Commerce. The native North Carolinian holds both a B.A. in Political Science and a M.P.A. concentrating in Housing and Urban Development from The University of North Carolina at Chapel

Tyron Young

Owner of The Gift Production Company

Born Tyron Keith Young, Business Owner, Artist and Producer, The Gift is much more than a name. From childhood, growing up in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Young knew that music was meant to be felt as much as created. Raised by a spiritual mother, Young developed a drive unlike those his age and began involving himself in church ensembles, musicals, marching bands and choirs of all ages.  While faced with adversity for not being “old enough” Young watched and learned from those around him who felt the same about music. At the age of 17, however, his life and music career were threatened when he faced death. After facing death and surviving, Young knew, more than ever, that his life, passion and gift were meant for a bigger purpose. Since then, Young has been performing under the name of The Gift and is the CEO and founder of The Gift Productions that was started in 2016.

Upon acceptance into Appalachian State University, Young began a course of study that provided him with a Bachelors Degree in Music Industry Studies and a minor in General Business. After internships and numerous successful projects completed, paying dues in the media industry, Young knew it was time to step out from under larger organizations and founded The Gift Productions(TGP), a Web Development Media Marketing Company with the primary goal of delivering higher value to business owners in need of the crucial web and marketing services needed in any marketplace. Full of passion, media knowledge, hard work and entrepreneurship running through his veins, TyTy Young has made it a mission to give back to those around him, using his “Gift” as the medium.


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Other speakers:  Aja Cobb of The Art Traphouse, Stephen Smith of MSLean Landscaping  (and more to come!)

Features:  Workshops on “Making a Way out of No Way,” and on “Marketing Your Business,” Panels on “Resources for Youth” and “Building Wealth”/  Youth Entrepreneurs Giving Pitches for their Businesses / Youth Business Expo / Performances by youth, including dancing, marching, singing, spoken word/ hands-on activities, etc.

Services:  child care/interpretation/breakfast and lunch

For more information contact Dewana Little, [email protected] or 828-239-9231, ext. 3471.

Directions to the Mission Health / A-B Tech Conference Center: 


Coming off of Biltmore Ave: Turn RIGHT (if headed south) or LEFT (if headed north) onto Hospital Drive 

At the first light, make a LEFT onto Victoria Road  

Go straight through the 2 traffic lights at the top of the hill (Mission Hospital entrance on the left) 

Go past the A-B Tech signs for Roberson Building (on right), Hemlock Building (on right).  Immediately after Hemlock Building, on the right, will be the Smith McDowell House.   

Just past the Smith McDowell House, make a RIGHT, at the traffic light, onto Fernihurst Drive (this road is a loop through campus) 

Go up the small hill and the Conference Center will be in front of you 

Go past the Conference Center and park either in the parking garage or the lot adjacent to the entrance to the parking garage.  You may park in any of the white lined spaces (yellow lines are staff parking.) 

Exit the parking garage on the Conference Center side, or walk up from the parking lot between the Conference Center and parking garage (go towards the red sign for: AB Tech Police) 

Under the covered walkway are 2 double doors; enter the doors on the right 


(subject to change) SCHEDULE

8:30 am


9:00 am

Breakfast Catered by: SMK Cafe, River of Life Catering


Saturday July 28th, 2018

9:15 – 9:30 am

Invocation and Welcome

Welcome: Devin Jones, Master of Ceremonies

Jane Hatley and Dewana Little, Self-Help Credit Union

Invocation: Isaiah Little-Davis

Youth Performance: Word On The Street (WOTS)


9:30 – 9:50 am

Introduction to the work of Self-Help and the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL)

Esteve Coll-Larrosa, Branch Manager, South Asheville Branch, SHCU

Kelly Tornow, NC Policy Director, Center for Responsible Lending

Donnetta Collier, Real Estate Development Manager, Charlotte Branch, SHCU

Stefanie Pertiller and Alexa Shook, Self-Help Summer 2018 Interns

9:50 – 10:00 am

My Story: Patty Guerra

Location: Main Auditorium


10:00 – 10:10 am

Youth Business Pitches: 3 Youth, 3 Slides, 3 Pitches

10:10 – 10:30 am


Tyron Young is the owner of The Gift Productions, a marketing/social media/website development company.

Location:  Main Auditorium

Introduction by: Devin Jones

10:30 – 10:45 am

Youth Performance: RAICES

RAICES is a youth dance performance group from the Emma Community.

Location: Main Auditorium

Performance By: RAICES from the Emma Community


10:45 – 11:30 am


Gloria Shealey is the CEO of the Daniele Company, a major construction company in Durham, NC

Location:  Main Auditorium

Introduction by: Dewana Little

11:30 – 11:40 am

Networking Break

Location: Main Auditorium

Presented by: Dewana Little

Meet a youth entrepreneur: Get a dot from them

11:40 – 12:25 pm

Breakout Sessions 1

(choose one when you check in)

Panel: "Making A Way Out Of No Way"

This panel will feature people who have overcome different types of adversity and made their way successfully in the world.  There will be time for questions and answers from the audience. Panel members include former St. Louis Rams football player Leonard Little, real estate developer and broker Mark Jones, Anna Smith, Financial and Housing Counselor and Educator with OnTrack WNC, and Keyla Estrada,  Tzedek Fellow in the Emma Community.  Moderating the panel will be Dewana Little, Executive Director of Positive Changes Youth Ministries and Marketing and Administrative Associate with Self-Help Credit Union.


Moderated by: Dewana Little

Panelists: Keyla Estrada, Mark Jones, Leonard Little,  Anna Smith


Panel: Local Resources for Youth

Representatives from several local organizations will talk about the host of resources that are available in Western North Carolina to youth.  Panelists include Norma Brown of MANOS, Sekou Coleman, Cultural Activist and Staff Member, Word on the Street, Tiffany De’Bellott of Asheville City Schools’ In Real Life Program,Doriyan Johnson,  Libby Kyles of YTL, Rebecca Tucker of Girls on the Run WNC, and Bruce Waller of United Way’s Middle School Success Program.  A Youth Resources Guide will be available to all conference attendees as well.


Moderator: Kimberly Hunter, Mountain BizWorks

Panelists: Norma Duran Brown (Family Outreach Specialist for Erwin District, Buncombe County Schools and Founder of MANOS), Sekou Coleman (Word On The Street), Tiffany De’Bellott (Asheville City Schools Foundation, IRL), Doriyan Johnson, Libby Kyles (YTL), Rebecca Tucker, Girls on the Run WNC, Bruce Waller (United Way’s Middle School Success Program)

12:25 – 1:10 pm

Lunch Catered by: Davis' Major Kreations

Location: Main Auditorium



Youth Business Expo



1:10 – 1:25 pm

Youth Performance: Hillcrest High-Steppers

Location: Main Auditorium,

Performance By: Hillcrest High-Steppers



1:25 – 1:35 pm

My Story: Stephen Smith

Location: Main Auditorium


1:35 – 2:20 pm


Location:  Main Auditorium

Introduction by: Jane Hatley

2:20 – 2:30 pm

Networking Break

Location: Main Auditorium,

Presented by: Dewana Little


2:30 – 3:15 pm

Breakout Sessions 2

(choose one when you check in)

Marketing Your Business Workshop

This workshop with Tyron Young of The Gift Production looks at some of the critical basic steps needed to stay competitive in today’s world of social media marketing.


Moderated by: Tyron Young

Beyond Financial Literacy: Building Wealth

Mark Jones, real estate developer and broker, and Anna Smith, Financial and Housing Counselor with OnTrack WNC Financial Education and Counseling, will lead this interactive workshop that looks at not only the basics of financial literacy but also the next steps in building wealth.


Moderated by: Anna Marie Smith and Mark Jones


Developing Aces: Understanding Intergenerational Poverty

This workshop is an interactive experience that explores the dynamics of generational poverty.   Our history, distant or recent, affects who we are today and the society that we inherit.  In this workshop, we will discuss financial, social, and educational factors that lead to, or prevent, abundant life and opportunities for success.


Moderated by: Bill Buchanan, with assistance from Stefanie Pertiller and Alexa Shook


3:15 – 3:25 pm

Youth Performance

Location: Main Auditorium,

Performance By:



3:25 – 3:35 pm

My Story:

Location: Main Auditorium


3:35 – 3:45 pm

3 Youth, 3 Slides, 3 Pitches

3:45 – 3:55 pm

My Story: Aja Cobbs, Founder of The Art Trap House

Location: Main Auditorium


3:55 – 4:10 pm

Call to Action

Location: Main Auditorium

Facilitated by: Devin Jones and Dewana Little

4:10 – 4:20 pm

Wrap-Up and Thank You's

Location:  Main Auditorium

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

4:20 – 5:00 pm

Youth Business Expo

Location: Foyer


Tremendous thanks to all of our supporters in the community!