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
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, 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
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