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Since 2011 the Entrepreneurs Forum has brought entrepreneurs, business owners and resource providers together to network, share ideas and discuss the issues that matter most to entrepreneurs. This event provides numerous opportunities for growth and connection. It takes place in May of each year and features quality networking, experienced speakers, panelists and exhibitors. Our theme this year is Re-emergence with the goal of getting entrepreneurs information that will help businesses reemerge from the last 2 years stronger than ever.


The 2022 Entrepreneurs Forum is set for May 20, 2022 from 12pm to 2pm Eastern Time on Zoom.

Registration is FREE for National Entrepreneurs Association Members and only $47.00 for Guests.

Featuring TEDx Speaker Jay Johnson

CEO of Coeus Creative Group | Behavioral Specialist | Trainer | Coach | Author | Forbes Contributor

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Key Take Aways:

During this talk you will learn how to reemerge from the pandemic and grow your business stronger than before. Through understanding your own behavior and habits as well as others and habits, as well as others, you can transform your business and life. 

1. Explore the difference between how entrepreneurs and others think.

2. Learn the keys to overcoming anxiety especially when facing catastrophe.

3. Discover practical tips for reframing challenges into opportunities.


Jay Johnson has given keynotes, workshops, and lectures in countries across 4 continents sharing his knowledge and experience to help people and organizations better understand themselves and their relationships with others. “I am proud to have shared an "idea worth spreading" as a TEDx Speaker, with 3 million+ viewers engaging my talk on Behavioral Intelligence...” He is a Forbes Business Council Member and a designated Master Trainer. His research and experience has positioned him as a thought leader in human behavior, which has given him the opportunity to work with amazing people, companies, and organizations around the globe. He has worked with international brands and Fortune 100 companies such as Ford Motor Company, State Farm, Consumers Energy, JCI, KFC, University of Michigan Health Systems, and Crain Communications to name a few.

Panel Discussion

I Survived the Pandemic and Now My Business is Thriving!

Successful entrepreneurs discuss how they were able to grow despite COVID, the powerful lessons they learned and the resources they used. These experiences will benefit entrepreneurs and business owners going forward, post COVID.

Key Take Aways:

  • Discover New Ways to Use Technology to Grow

  • Learn How to Turn Challenges into Opportunities

  • Develop Crisis Management Strategies to Overcome Obstacles

  • Learn to Manage Stress and Distractions More Effectively

  • How to Take Advantage of Public and Private Funding Programs

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Ray Moulden

Allstate Moulden Agency

Ray Moulden, owner of Allstate Moulden Agency, earned his license to sell Business, Auto, Home, Accident, Health and Life Insurance from the State of Michigan in 2013. He has been named a top producer for business and personal insurance sales in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. In March 2015 Ray was chosen as the featured expert on Fox 2’s weekly Financial segment “Money Monday” as a professional advisor on the topic of cutting insurance cost. Moulden learned perseverance and attention to detail from his studies at Osborn High School, Computer Science at Wayne State University, SCORE C.E.O. training program and the Goldman Sachs 10 Small Business program.

Ray is on the board of the National Entrepreneurs Association of Michigan, Metropolitan YMCA Executive Board member, Detroit Regional Chamber, Detroit Metro Visitors and Bureau, Southfield Chamber, Jewish Vocational Services, and serves on the Michigan, Board of Governors for the MAIPF appointed by Michigan Director of the Depart. of Insurance and Financial Services.

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Christine Allyson

Christal Clear Consulting

Christine Allyson C.Ht. is a Personal Change Consultant with over 35 years’ experience helping those who’ve lost hope or feel helpless. She uses a customized approach and utilizes the most effective techniques tailored to each individual’s issues and goals. Individuals working with Christine are often surprised at how easily they can successfully address and resolve their issues quicker than expected. She works with clients who have a wide range of issues that include: Decreasing Stress and Anxiety, Difficulty Coping due to: procrastination, grief, caregiving overwhelm, relationship betrayals, divorce, job loss, emotionally navigating the cancer journey. She has assisted clients to lose weight, stop smoking, and move through life’s major transitions including career shifts. Christine is author of “So You Want to Make a Change?” and certified in Hypnotherapy, BWRT,  and a speaker / expert on change & transformation for personal growth.

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Bria Simmons

Dell Technologies/Entrepreneur

Bria Simmons is from Charlotte, NC and graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with a major in Merchandising and a minor in Marketing. Following graduating, she wanted to learn more about marketing, so she began taking LinkedIn marketing courses as well as Adobe Design courses. By August 2018, she landed a job as an Inside Sales Representative at Dell Technologies. She moved from Charlotte, NC to Nashville, TN and started her career journey. As a Sales Representative, Bria learned many skills around communication, relationship building, and strategic thinking. She met new colleagues as well as dance friends. She used the skills learned and extensive network to begin teaching ballet and other classes for adults looking to strengthen their dance skills. In 2022, she created the brand Choose the Mood and recently released her gratitude journal. Outside of work and business ventures she enjoys traveling, trying new foods, and taking dance classes.

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Alicia McKay

No Fear Cafe

Alicia McKay is a Rice University graduate who began her career as a math tutor. With ingenuity, aspiration, and a masters degree in Education, Alicia is the founder of No Fear Cafe, a co-learning space where she provides a safe space for the exchange of information for children and adults. The work of No Fear Cafe makes a difference in the lives of people, communities, and the environment. No Fear Café’s work elevates its clientele’s economic, environmental, and social well-being by promoting academic excellence, personal and professional development, strategic community alignment, and upward mobility. Alicia is board President for the non-profit organization, The Literacy Project, a board trustee President for the Harper Woods School District and a Christian author and consultant. However, her most important position in life is that of a wife to her husband Joseph and mother to her two children, a 5-year-old son and an 8 year-old daughter.

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The Future of Work is Hybrid:
Geoff Marek, Dell Technologies

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn How COVID Has Permanently Transformed Work Environments 

  • Understand the Advantages and Disadvantages of Hybrid Remote Work

  • Discover Tech Products and Services to Help Teams Stay Connected

  • Key Strategies to Ensure Success in Hybrid Work Environment Settings

Geoff Marek is a Storage Field Marketing Manager at Dell Technologies with a focus around Dell's Small Business Segment. Joining Dell after graduating from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 2009, Geoff had an opportunity to fine tune his relationship building and selling skills while holding roles ranging from Inside Sales Rep down the line to Complex Solutions Specialist focusing on providing enterprise solutions for customers.  The ladder part of his tenure prior to his current role as a Storage Field Marketing Manager was spent in Leadership both on the Enterprise side and Software and Peripherals organization for Dell Technologies.


Geoff attributes much of his success in both personal and professional life from growing up with parents who each owned and continue to own small businesses as sole proprietors.  He learned early in life that the keys to success are simple; Treat your customers as if you won’t get a second chance, keep your word, and set appropriate expectations.  Simple yet applicable keys to success.

Networking is an essential part of being an entrepreneur. At the 2022 Entrepreneurs Forum you'll have and opportunity to learn new networking strategies and participate in meaningful networking activities that lead to quality connections that impact your bottom line. 


Key Takeaways:

  • Meet like minded entrepreneurs

  • Connect with resource providers

  • Obtain great new leads 

  • Expand your network

Virtual Speed Networking
for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs Forum Agenda 


12pm to 12:15pm Opening Remarks from Dr. ZaLonya Allen of NEA 


12:15pm to 12:20pm Joy Patterson of Dell Technologies

12:20pm to 12:30pm Activity: Virtual Networking for Entrepreneurs

12:30pm to 12:45pm The Future of Work is Hybrid, Geoff Marek of Dell Technologies

12:45pm to 1:15pm Panel Discussion "I Survived the Pandemic and Now My Business in Thriving"


1:15pm to 1:45pm Keynote Speaker Jay Johnson of Coeus Creative Group


1:45pm to 2:00pm Announcements/Raffle Drawing/Closing 

Attend the 2022 Entrepreneurs Forum and you could win...

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Dell Laptop Computer

All attendees will automatically be entered into the drawing. Must be present to win.

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