Alabama State Black Chamber of Commerce Presents Its Annual Entrepreneurs and Innovators Conference in Birmingham

Story and photos submitted by Jerry Mitchell, ASBCC (Alabama State Black Chamber of Commerce) CEO

POLITICS OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PANEL FEATURING (L-R): Birmingham Councilor Lashaunda Scales, Former U.S. Congressman Parker Griffin, Md, Moderator David Person, D. Person Media & Executive Director Charles Ball Of The Greater Birmingham Regional Planning Commission

(L-R) Asbcc Ceo Jerry Mitchell & Fubu Exec. VP & Creative Director, J. Alexander Martin.

Cultural Heritage/Tourism & Cultural Economics Panel (L-R):Gene Franklin, Ceo Of National Cultural Heritage Center (Florida); Nationally Recognized Artist John Solomom Sandridge; Moderator David Person; And Codie Gopher, Ceo Of Codie Global Management.

(L-R) Jerry Mitchell & Alabama Secretary of Labor Fitzgerald Washington

(l-r) Annette Gadson representing AFB Diversified the “William Robertson “ Entrepreneur of the Year” Award winner and Jerry Mitchell

(BIRMINGHAM, AL) – – The Alabama State Black Chamber of Commerce held its 2018 Entrepreneurs & Innovators conference on June 21-22, 2018 at the GOLDSTEIN & COHEN BLDG, in the BIRMINGHAM/ENSLEY BUSINESS & ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT. The conference featured keynote addresses by J. Alexander Martin, Co-Founder, Executive Vice President & Creative Director of FUBU and Alabama Secretary of Labor Fitzgerald Washington. Having the event in Birmingham Ensley mirrored the theme, “Taking Care of Business in our Communities”. ASBCC CEO Jerry Mitchell was elated the organization’s goal of an 80% spend with Black businesses was satisfied. Attending the conference were entrepreneurs & business owners, thought leaders, and non-profit executiv from Auburn, Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, and Opelika

The event was jointly sponsored by the Sarai Services, Alabama A& M University, PNC Bank, UA SBDC Network, Pathway Lending, Birmingham Water Works Board, Citizens Trust Bank, Birmingham Business Journal, and the University of Alabama Birmingham Collat School of Business. More than 16 panel sessions and breakout sessions were delivered to attendees including: “Politics of Economic Development, Cultural Economics, Tax Tips for Entrepreneurs-Starting & Operating a Business, Bankers 101 Q&A, and Franchising Means Business.