13 Year Old Teen Millionaire Entrepreneur

Comments from 2017 Conference Attendees

This was an amazing event! Thank you for having the vision...holding a space for entrepreneurs...and keeping us dreaming and accomplishing! Much love! Bernadette Johnson

You and your team are phenomenal. I enjoyed the conference. It offered a wealth of insights and provided great networking opportunities. Thanks for all that you do to uplift and empower entrepreneurs. Evelyn Summerville

It was a great conference. I enjoyed the speakers and the networking. AWESOME JOB! Verra Bond

​The conference was very inspiring. Being a member of this Entrepreneurs Association will take you and your business to the next level! Colette Hughes

Keynote Speakers & Presenters Include:

Rochelle Riley, who always works with two phones, is a columnist for the Detroit Free Press, where she has been a leading voice for children, education, competent government and race since 2000. She is author of the new book “The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery” (Wayne State University Press, 2018). She has won numerous national, state and local honors, including the 2013 National Headliner Award for local column writing. Her columns on the text message scandal that led to the imprisonment of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick were part of the Free Press’ 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning entry for local news. She received the 2017 Eugene C. Pulliam Editorial Fellowship from the Society of Professional Journalists and the 2017 Ida B. Wells Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. She will lead the panel discussion "Women In Business: An Economic Force" 

Mark S Lee, Host of Small Talk on WXYT 1270

What You Can Expect

This conference will focus on key strategies to scale your business and grow faster! You will hear from entrepreneurs who have experience in growing businesses into multi-million dollar operations from the ground up. Sessions will feature top speakers and trainers focusing on topics such as, how to get corporate contracts, working with the government, how to fund large projects, digital marketing and overcoming common challenges that entrepreneurs and small business owners face everyday.  


Top 5 Reasons to Attend

1. Networking Opportunities

You'll have a chance to connect with influencers and decision makers for advice and collaboration.

2. Educational Opportunities:

No matter how much experience you have, you can always learn something new and sharpen our skills.

3. Obtain New Clients: 
You'll meet lots of people and some will want to do business with you and others will want to refer business to you.​

4. Marketing and Exposure:

This conference is a great way to get out and spread the word about you and your business to a new audience.

5. Get Motivated:

Interacting with successful entrepreneurs is a great way to see what's possible and really get inspired to achieve your goals.

Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press Award Winning Journalist

 Alina Morse, Founder of Zollipops

Join Us for One of the Biggest Entrepreneur Events of the Year!

When Alina Morse was 7 years old, she went to the bank with her dad and the teller offered her a lollipop. While she really wanted to accept, her parents always told her that candy was terrible for her teeth. So she asked her dad, “Why can’t we make a lollipop that’s actually good for your teeth?” And in that moment the idea for Zollipops® was born! Alina has been featured on Good Morning America, Shark Tank, The Steve Harvey Show and CNN. Her products can now be found in grocery stores throughout the country. At the 2018 Entrepreneur & Small Business Conference, she will discuss how she turned a simple idea into a multi-million dollar business at 13 years old. 

​Annual Entrepreneur & Small Business Conference

Small Business Doing Big Business

October 3, 2018 at Lawrence Tech University 

Camille Walker Banks is executive director of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, a $500 million investment provided by the Goldman Sachs Foundation to help small businesses in the United States create jobs and economic growth by providing entrepreneurs with practical business education, access to capital and business support services. Under Camille's leadership, participating Michigan companies have outpaced the US small businesses’ and 10,000 Small Businesses' national averages in increasing revenues and job creation. Camille will lead a panel discussion on how small businesses can scale.

Mark S. Lee is President/CEO of The LEE Group, a marketing consulting firm. He is the former VP of Brand Development and Marketing Communications at Florida Blue. Prior, Mr. Lee held senior-marketing leadership roles with nationally known companies including, PepsiCo and The Auto Club Group (AAA). Lee hosts a weekly radio show, “Small Talk with Mark S. Lee” broadcasted on CBS Detroit’s WXYT 1270 and streamed via cbsdetroit.com. He is a public speaker and an adjunct professor of Marketing at Eastern Michigan University. Lee contributes on numerous television programs. Lee is the creator and host of “EMU Today”, a general affairs program focused on Eastern Michigan University. He holds a MBA in Marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a BBA from EMU. 

Sponsors Include:

Camille Walker Banks, Executive Director of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses