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Birmingham

Medical Forum Building
Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex
950 22nd Street North
February 23-24, 2021

Empowering African American Businesses

The A.G. Gaston Conference is a two-day event for business owners, educators, community leaders, elected officials, and anyone passionate about African American economic empowerment. Since 2004, the annual conference has provided an environment to strengthen entrepreneurs and address concerns. From world-class speakers to vendors to business-to-business networking, the conference is an iconic event named after A.G. Gaston - the "Entrepreneur of the Century" who elevated Birmingham's black business community.

Highlights from the 2020 Conference

Featured Speakers

Maggie Anderson

Co-Founder, The Empowerment Experiment

Shelly Bell

Serial Entrepreneur & Computer Scientist, Black Girl Ventures

Dr. George Fraser

Founder & CEO, FraserNet, Inc

Michael A. Graves

Founder, Graves Advisory Group

Dr. Anthony Hood

Director of Civic Innovation, UAB

Carmen Mays

Founder & CEO, Elevators

Eugene Mitchell

Founder & Principal, E. Mitchell Consulting Group for Financial Literacy and Financial Services

Debra Nelson

President, Elevate Communications

A.G. Gaston Award Recipient

Dr. Anthony Hood

Anthony C. Hood, Ph.D., director of Civic Innovation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, was awarded the 2020 A.G. Gaston Award for his innovative approach to providing quality educational opportunities to students.  Dr. Hood exemplifies Gaston's advice to "find a need and fill it" by pushing UAB students to be leading entrepreneurs and business leaders of the next generation.

People's Choice Award Recipient

Kathy Boswell

Kathy Boswell, VP of Community Engagement for the World Games 2022, was nominated by the local business community and awarded the 2020 People's Choice Award. Ms. Boswell's  innovative approach to providing quality, community-focused healthcare initiatives has created a model that will surely be replicated.

2020 Conference Sponsors

Become a Sponsor

Interested in becoming a conference sponsor and getting access to top business owners? 

Birmingham, Alabama

Medical Forum Building
Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex
950 22nd Street North

World-Class Speakers

Business experts share their experiences, provide valuable advice and challenge others to further success.

Honoring Business Heroes

Local business leaders who exemplify the ideals of A.G. Gaston are recognized by peers.