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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 has provided $6.4 billion in financing to more than 87,000 homebuyers, small businesses and nonprofits and serves over 100,000 mostly low-income families through 42 retail credit union branches. Self-Help reaches people who are underserved by conventional financial institutions—particularly people of color, women, rural residents, and low-wealth families.

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

Tyrone 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.


Registration Now Open!  Get Your Tickets Early! Go to this link: (Bringing it Home:  Building a Local Economy for Everyone) 



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.

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, Jane Hatley and Dewana Little, Self-Help Credit Union

Invocation: Isaiah Little-Davis

Youth Performance: Word On The Street (WOTS)


9:40 – 10:00 am

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

Esteve Coll-Larrosa, Branch manger, 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

10:00 – 10:10 am

My Story: ??

Location: Main Auditorium


10:10 – 10:20 am

3 Youth, 3 Slides, 3 Pitches

10:20 – 10:40 am


Location:  Main Auditorium

Introduction by:

10:40 – 10:55 am

Youth Performance: RAICES

Location: Main Auditorium

Performance By: RAICES from the Emma Community


10:55 – 11:40 am


Location:  Main Auditorium

Introduction by: Dewana Little

11:40 – 11:50 am

Networking Break

Location: Main Auditorium

Presented by: Dewana Little

Meet a youth entrepreneur: Get a dot from them

11:50 – 12:35 pm

Breakout Sessions 1

(choose one when you check in)

Panel: "Making A Way Out Of No Way"

Making A Way Out Of No Way


Moderated by: Dewana Little

Panelist: Leonard Little, Damion Bailey, Mark Jones, Anna Smith, Keyla Estrada


Panel: Resources for Youth


Moderator: Kimberly Hunter, Mountain BizWorks

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

12:35 – 1:20 pm

Lunch Catered by: TD's Major Creations




Youth Business Expo



1:20 – 1:35 pm

Youth Profromance: Hillcrest High-Steppers

Location: Main Auditorium,

Performance By: Hillcrest High-Steppers



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


Moderated by: Tyrone Young

Beyond Financial Literacy: Building Wealth


Moderated by: Anna Marie Smith and Mark Jones


Developing Aces: Understanding Intergenerational Poverty


Moderated by: Bill Buchanan and Kimberly Hunter


3:15 – 3:25 pm

My Story: Stephen Smith, Owner of MS Lean Landscaping

Location: Main Auditorium


3:25 – 3:35 pm

Youth Profromance:

Location: Main Auditorium,

Performance By:



3:35 – 3:45 pm

My Story: Gene Bell, CEO of the Asheville Housing Authority

Location: Main Auditorium


3:45 – 3:55 pm

3 Youth, 3 Slides, 3 Pitches

3:55 – 4:05 pm

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

Location: Main Auditorium


4:05 – 4:20 pm

Call to Action

Location: Main Auditorium

Facilitated by: Dewana Little

4:20 – 4:30 pm

Wrap-Up and Thank You's

Location:  Main Auditorium

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

4:30 – 5:00 pm

Youth Business Expo



Tremendous thanks to all of our supporters in the community!