2020 Conference

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ONE VISION ONE CAUSE: ELEVATING AFRICAN AMERICAN ENTREPRENEURSHIP


The A.G. Gaston Conference brings together hundreds of small business owners, corporate representatives, community leaders, industry experts, and elected officials to a single platform. The conference has become a think-tank venue for addressing African American business challenges in the state of Alabama and beyond. View the detailed schedule here.


A Multi-Day Schedule



TUESDAY, FEB. 11, 2020


8:00 am remove 4:00 pm
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Registration

Continental Breakfast, 8:30-10 a.m.

9:30 am remove 10:30 am
BJCC - 3rd FLOOR MEETING ROOMS
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The Business Corner: "The Opportunity Forum"

Businesses interested in participating in regional growth initiatives will learn more about what it takes to qualify and prepare for opportunities and will meet some of the decision makers.

10:30 am remove 11:30 am
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Business "Meet & Greet"

11:30 am remove 1:00 pm
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A.G. Gaston Legacy Luncheon

Thumbnail Maggie Anderson

Featuring Maggie Anderson, activist, critically-acclaimed author of Our Black Year and CEO of the Empowerment Experiment.

1:30 pm remove 2:15 pm
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Plenary Session

Thumbnail Dr. George Fraser

Chairman and CEO of FraserNet, Inc. and one of the foremost authorities on economic development, networking and building effective relationships.

2:15 pm remove 3:00 pm
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Plenary Session

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

3:00 pm remove 5:00 pm
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Town Hall Meeting: 2020 Vision for Financial Literacy - Engaging an Ecosystem to Elevate Efforts

Mona Lisa Morris, Moderator - This year’s town hall meeting will use an all-hands-on-deck approach to addressing financial barriers of African Americans while engaging an ecosystem of leaders that currently serve the community with financial literacy initiatives. The goal of this session is to “elevate” the efforts of everyone serving the African American community. The town hall meeting welcomes input from individuals of civic and Greek organizations, as well as educators, financial professionals, community leaders, and activists.




WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12, 2020


8:00 am remove 12:30 pm
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Registration

Continental Breakfast, 8:30-10 a.m.

9:00 am remove 10:15 am
BJCC - 3rd FLOOR MEETING ROOMS
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The Next A.G. Gastons

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Dr. Anthony Hood of UAB’s Collat School of Business and panelists from around the city (Carmen Mays, Elijah Davis, Tene Dolphin) discuss identifying and developing Birmingham’s next generation of entrepreneurs.

10:30 am remove 11:45 am
BJCC - 3rd FLOOR MEETING ROOMS
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How to Play the Game: Building Connections to Capital

Thumbnail Shelly Bell

Shelly Bell is a serial entrepreneur, computer scientist and business strategist who connects entrepreneurs, investors and corporations in order to diversify their talent pipeline, increase equity and grow their brands.

12:00 pm remove 1:30 pm
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The Green Power Luncheon

Thumbnail Michael A. Graves

Featuring Michael Graves, founding member and managing partner of New York marketing firm Graves Advisory Group.