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Gain Practical Financial Knowledge

Workshops on Buying a Home, Buying a Car, Building Credit, Saving Money, Starting a Business!

Learn about Cooperative Business Models

Learn how to start a cooperative business or transition your existing business to one.

 

Network

Meet one-on-one with local resource providers at the LOCAL CAFE or attend a Neighborhood Economics workshop to discover new models in local economic development.

 

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Register to Vote/Take a Tour

Register to vote at the NAACP table in the YMI building and take a tour of traditional African-American neighborhoods with Hood Huggers.

 

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Schedule

(subject to change)

Tuesday March 15, 2016

8:30 am

Breakfast

Located in the YMI Main Hall

9:00 am

Invocation and Welcome

Invocation: Dr. John Grant, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church

Welcome: Jane Hatley, Self-Help Credit Union

9:10 – 10:00 am

Breakout Sessions 1

(choose one when you check in)

Track 1 Financial Literacy: Understanding Credit/Avoiding Predatory Loans

Location: Gallery, YMI Cultural Center

Anna Smith, OnTrack Financial Education and Counselling

Delvin Davis, The Center for Responsible Lending

Track 2 Building Wealth: Preparing for and Buying a Home

Location: Ray Auditorium, YMI Cultural Center

Moderator: Shondra Tanner, Self-Help Credit Union

Presented by: Jessica Phelan, Self-Help Credit Union, and Anthony Jimenez, OnTrack WNC:  Financial Education and Counseling

Track 3 Cooperative Business Models: Starting a Worker-Owned Coop

Location: The Block off Biltmore

Presented by:

  • Moderator:  Tyler Jenkins, Carolina Common Enterprise
  • Molly Hemstreet, Opportunity Threads
  • Alfonso Gonzalez, Opportunity Threads
  • Reyna Rodriguez, Opportunity Threads
  • Libertie Valance, Firestorm Books and Coffee
  • Mark Fick, Shared Capital Cooperative
Track 4 Community: The Role of our Youth in Local Economic Development

Location: Gallery, YMI Cultural Center

Presented by:

  • Moderator: Joseph Fox
  • Keevon Baten, Student, Appalachian State University and Asheville High Graduate
  • DeWayne Barton, Hood Huggers International
  • Jill Sparks, AB-Tech Small Business Center, YES Camp
  • Winners of Innovate Her:  Madison Eddings and Ben Eisdorfer
  • Elder John Hayes, Empowerment Resource Center of Asheville/Buncombe

10:10 – 11:00 am

Breakout Sessions 2

(choose one when you check in)

Track 1 Financial Literacy: Budgeting and Saving Money

Location: Gallery, YMI Cultural Center

Presented by: Kimberly Hunter, Self-Help Credit Union Advisory Board Member and Financial Educator

Track 2 Building Wealth: Buying a Home

Location: The Block off Biltmore

Moderator: Shondra Tanner, Self-Help Credit Union

Presented by:

  • Anthony Jimenez, OnTrack WNC Financial Education and Counseling
  • Jessica Phelan,  Self-Help Credit Union
Track 3 Cooperative Business Models: Converting to a Coop or Other Cooperative Business Structure

Location: The Sanctuary, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church

Presented by:

  • Moderator:  Thomas Beckett, Co-Director, Carolina Common Enterprise
  • Eric Henry, TS Designs
  • Mike Adams, Moog Music
  • Vicki Meath, Just Economics
  • Jim Sitts, Columbia Forest Products
Track 4 Community: The Role of Faith Institutions on Local Economic Development

Location: Ray Auditorium, YMI Cultural Center

Presented by:

  • Rev. James Lee,  Moderator
  • Rev. John Grant, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church
  • Rev. Judith Whelchel,Executive Director at Church Impact
  • Rev. Scott Rogers, Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry
  • Rev. Hilario Cisneros, Officer for Latino Hispanic Ministries, Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina

11:10 am – 12:00 pm

Breakout Sessions 3

(choose one when you check in)

Track 1 Financial Literacy: Buying a Car

Location: The Block off Biltmore

Presented by: Esteve Coll-Larrosa, Self-Help Credit Union

Track 2 Building Wealth: Starting and Financing a Business

Location: The Sanctuary, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church

Moderator:  Stephanie Swepson-Twitty, Eagle Market Streets Development Corp.

  1. Erika McGilley, Natural Capital Investment Fund
  2. Patrick Doran, Mountain BizWorks
  3. Zuri Anuel, The Support Center
Track 3 Cooperative Business Models: Real World Stories of Cooperative Businesses

Location: Ray Auditorium, YMI Cultural Center

Presented by:

  • Moderator, Franzi Charen
  • Sage Turner, French Broad Food Coop
  • Sohnie Black, Renaissance Food Coop, Fund for Democratic Communities
  • Molly Hemstreet, Opportunity Threads
  • Alfonso Gonzalez, Opportunity Threads
  • Reyna Rodriguez, Opportunity Threads
  • Andrea Golden, Center for Participatory Change, and Member, Dolce Lomita Mobile Home Cooperative
Track 4 Community: New Innovative Nonprofit Models for Local Economic Development

Location:  The Sanctuary, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church

Presented by:

  • Moderator:  Jamie Beasley, Wheels4Hope
  • George C. Jones, Green Opportunities
  • Carolina McCready, El Centro of Henderson County
  • Sharon Oxendine, Women’s Business Center, The Support Center
  • Greg Borom, The Success Equation, Children First

12:05 – 12:45 pm

Lunch

Location:  Ray Auditorium and Gallery, YMI Cultural Center

Provided by: Chef Liam and Green Opportunities’ GO Kitchen Ready

12:50 – 1:30 pm

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Jessica Gordon Nembhard

Location:  Ray Auditorium, YMI Cultural Center

Introduction by: Professor Darin Waters, UNCA Department of History

Jessica Gordon Nembhard is a political economist and Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development in the Africana Studies Department at John Jay College, City University of NY; and author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice. She has numerous publications on cooperative economics, community economic development, credit unions, wealth inequality, community wealth, and Black political economy. An affiliate scholar with the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, she is a member of the Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) Newsletter and Collective, as well as the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy, the Southern Grassroots Economies Project, The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, the Association of Cooperative Educators, and the US Solidarity Economy Network. Gordon Nembhard is also a member of the Shared Leadership Team of Organizing Neighborhood Equity (ONE) DC (a community organizing organization in Washington, DC). Jessica is the proud mother of Susan and Stephen, and the grandmother of Stephon and Hugo Nembhard.

Malaprop’s will have her book, Collective Courage available on site at the conference and she will be signing copies during the event.

1:30 – 1:55 pm

Wrap-Up and Raffle

Location:  Ray Auditorium, YMI Cultural Center

Members of the Bringing it Home Planning Committee

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Local Cafe

Location: The Block off Biltmore

Come meet with local technical service providers, as well as a host of organizations providing information, resources, classes, etc.

Participants:  Self-Help Credit Union, Mountain BizWorks, Natural Capital Investment Fund (Erika McGilley), OnTrack WNC Financial Education and Counseling, The Support Center, MEDWeek Committee, AB Tech Small Business Center, Just Economics, City of Asheville’s Office of Community and Economic Development (Brenda Mills), RiverLink, Carolina Common Enterprise, Asheville Chamber of Commerce, Center for Local Economies, Community Action Opportunities, Pisgah Legal Services, Asheville Grown, Eagle Market Streets Development, Empowerment Resource Center of Asheville/Buncombe, Center for Responsible Lending, HomeTrust Bank, Shared Capital Cooperative, Center for Participatory Change, ABCCM, Green Opportunities, El Centro, Children First

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Neighborhood Economics: Empowering Communities with Cultural Tools to Raise Capital

Location: Ray Auditorium, YMI Cultural Center

Moderator:  Kevin Jones, with help from Howard Nemon of Center for Local Economies

Learn how communities of color are connecting with cutting edge strategies for building capital and strengthening their neighborhoods.

2:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Hood Huggers International Tours of Traditional African-American Neighborhoods

Location: Meet right outside the YMI Cultural Center

There are (2) time slots offered, the first starts at 2:15pm and the second 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

Capture new ideas and ignite your inspiration!

Tuesday March 15th, 8:30am – 2:00pm

YMI Cultural Center

39 South Market Street

Downtown Asheville, NC

FREE parking is available at the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church parking lot, 47 Eagle Street.

Thanks for accomodations provided by the ALoft.

As the newest hotel in Asheville, Aloft is the perfect location from which to explore our lovely city! Walk to everything in the heart of downtown and, at the end of the day, retreat to our cozy W xyz bar for a craft beer or one of our delicious cocktails. Need to bring a pet? No problem! The Aloft Asheville is 100% pet friendly and we even offer special amenities for our four-legged travelers on arrival as well as their own outdoor run on the 3rd floor that also offers stunning long-range mountain views for the humans. In warm weather, retreat to our rooftop pool area and enjoy a glass of wine by our firepit. Be Asheville savvy – come live lift Aloft!