ABOUT THIS YEAR'S EVENT
Since 2011 the Entrepreneurs Forum has brought entrepreneurs, business owners and influencers together to network, share ideas and discuss the issues that matter most to business owners. The forum provides numerous opportunities for learning, growth and connection. This year's event will feature world class speakers, quality networking, exhibitors, breakfast buffet and lunch. Our theme is Resilience, defined as the ability to withstand or recover quickly from difficulties. Content will focus on the latest trends in marketing, funding and technology with the goal of providing attendees with the tools to develop and maintain resilience in today's ever changing marketplace.
Full conference registration $97. NEA member discount available with promo code. Parking is free.
Keynote Speaker & Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Michael McFall, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of BIGGBY COFFEE
Michael McFall is the co-founder and co-CEO of BIGGBY COFFEE, the U.S.’ third-largest coffee franchise. Having originally started with BIGGBY in 1996 as a minimum-wage barista, Mike has held just about every role within the company over the last 26 years. Mike has been on a transformational journey from that of a bootstrapping entrepreneur to a leader of a sophisticated organization. The backbone of that transformation has been learning the value and power of authentic relationships within the organization. Two decades later, BIGGBY COFFEE has over 330 stores open across 12 states. Mike is the author of the Inc. Original book, Grind, and the second book in his trilogy series, Grow, will be released this June. Mike lives in Ann Arbor with his wife Elizaveta and four children.
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ZaLonya Allen, PhD
President/CEO of National Entrepreneurs Association
Dr. ZaLonya Allen is President/CEO of the National Entrepreneurs Association, a 501c3 non-profit corporation created to empower entrepreneurs to grow and sustain successful businesses through monthly networking events, training conferences and educational programs. In partnership with Comerica Bank and Dell Technologies, NEA offers the only national entrepreneur certification program of its kind led by experienced entrepreneurs and college professors. As a speaker Dr. Allen has delivered hundreds of presentations for organizations throughout the country with a focus on leadership and entrepreneurial development.
Dr. Allen is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Wayne State University and North Central University. She holds degrees in industrial relations, sociology and two degrees in psychology. She is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, an invitation only honors society. She has served on numerous boards and committees. To learn more visit zalonya.com.
CONFIRMED CONFERENCE SPEAKERS
Angela T. Moore, B.A., M.A., LLPC, NCC
NASM Master Trainer & President of The Body Principle
Angela T. Moore is a business owner, integrative health expert, keynote speaker, wellness blog contributor, fitness and health presenter and radio show host. For over three decades, Angela has provided wellness education and programming to individuals, companies, and organizations. She is the Founder and Owner of The Body Principle, an integrative health organization that provides fitness programming, mental health and nutrition counseling, and empowerment coaching in-person and on-line. Angela is also the creator of the Propel℠ Youth Empowerment Program designed to improve the self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-efficacy of youth.
Her radio show Empowered on 910 AM Superstation inspires individuals to live an Empowered Life—a life of mental, nutritional, and physical wellbeing. During the weekly live broadcast, she interviews medical and mental health professionals, experts in wellness and prevention, advocates and activists, educators and motivators to help people live an Empowered Life.
Author, Speaker, CPA, and Professional Strategist
Lisa Howze is an author, speaker, CPA, and professional strategist, who has positioned herself well as a venerable leader and ambassador for the accounting profession. As the founder and CEO of The Lisa Howze Experience, LLC – a professional development and educational consulting firm, Lisa is committed to helping career professionals and students bounce back from setbacks using time-tested principles and proven strategies that produce next-level results.
While she has received many accolades including Outstanding CPA in Government, Woman to Watch – Experienced Leader, and Notable Woman in Education Leadership awards, Lisa is no stranger to struggle. Thrust into adversity at birth, she could have easily been written off as a mistake. However, Lisa’s incredible journey is proof that “Everything happens for a reason!” Therefore, in her flagship book, Candy Girl Mentality, Lisa compels readers to live life on purpose while illustrating the importance of investing in themselves, taking calculated risks, and exercising patience and forgiveness to achieve remarkable success.
Motivational Speaker and Founder of Imagine Mentoring
Latonya Garth is a visionary, who is dedicated to helping people become the best versions of themselves. She holds two degrees from Michigan State University, and has compiled a long list of notable achievements. Through IMAGINE Mentoring, she empowers young people (girls) to make better decisions and find their voice.
As a motivational speaker, she ignites the hearts and minds of audiences from all walks of life. As an author, she uses the power of perspective to guide her readers from pain and struggle to power and victory. As a multifaceted entrepreneur, Latonya makes dollars make sense, not only for herself, but for the communities in which she does business.
Visionary, Business Consultant, CEO of MYDCT Corp
Natasha Lee is a Visionary, Business Consultant, CEO of MYDCT Corp, Co-Founder of Rohn's Community Development Corporation, Founder of Being That Girl and Lead Representation and Ambassadors for corporations globally. Natasha has taken the business world by storm. She has been featured on such prominent media outlets such as: ABC, NBC, CBC, FOX News, Detroit News, Women Essence Magazine, Detroit CEO, Lives in the D, The Female Magazine, Michigan Chronicle, Michigan Citizen and Crain's Detroit.
Natasha attended Lawrence Technological University where she pursued a career in Computer Engineering with a minor in Business. She started Make Your Dreams Come True (MYDCT Corp) as a BPO firm in 2006, at 23 and during a recession, after working in corporate America for nearly ten years, becoming the youngest and only African American woman to own a Call Center based industry in Michigan. Natasha makes business dreams a reality from conception to reality!
Founder of Pathway X Events
Melissa is a professional event planner, founding and operating Pathway X Events, focusing on training and speaking to construction companies about creating sustainable, hands-on, inspiring events to encourage a younger workforce to join the industry after high school graduation. She speaks about the importance of showcasing high-need industries to youth through more intimate and experiential events as well as to female entrepreneurs, finding alignment with your desires to resolve an issue and how to run a business.
Her podcast, Event Planning: Unmasked! encourages inexperienced event planners to explore the industry with joy and flexibility. She interviews established event business owners and event planners who share their unique career paths and how they hire. Launching in June 2023, she will simultaneously release a course and mastermind class series on event planning with Pathway X Events.
Founder and CEO of Venture Hue
Brittni Abiolu is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and Founder & CEO of VentureHue, a tech-enabled resource center that specializes in helping startups and small businesses get more customers, capital, and build wealth. Founded in 2013, the company’s mission is to help businesses scale and increase their valuation by getting more funding and leads that turn into sales on a regular basis. Brittni has 16 years of experience helping aspiring entrepreneurs start new businesses, obtain capital, acquire new customers, and get connected to the resources they need to grow and thrive.
She has a Bachelor of Science in Computer & Information Systems from the University of Detroit Mercy and a Master of Entrepreneurial Transactions from Central Michigan University. She also has certificates in SEO, social media management, business plan writing, business loan packaging, and credit building as well as a life insurance agent license in Michigan.
Van Allen is a lifelong entrepreneur. He began his career in investing over 25 years ago. His primary investments include real estate and blue chip stocks as well as numerous entrepreneurial ventures. He is an award winning motivational speaker and former cable talk show host. He has received numerous speaking awards including first place in the District 28 World Championship of Public Speaking Contest for Toastmasters International. His signature presentation “Are You a Winner” encourages audiences to step out of their comfort zone to reach their true potential. He attended Henry Ford Community College and Wayne State University. He is a Master NLP Practitioner and founder of Van Allen Productions which specializes in video & audio projects.
Founder of Van Allen Video & Audio Productions
President and CEO of The RFC Group
As President and CEO of The RFC Group, excellent administrative support outsourcing is what Deondra Parks delivers best. Deondra Parks has serviced many of the largest Fortune 500 companies in the capacity of executive administrative support. With thirty plus years of experience, her extensive knowledge and hands-on experience are fundamental in outsourcing exceptional support personnel and resources. A proud native of Detroit, Michigan, Deondra developed a strong interest in clerical office support during her adolescent years. She has been successful in rebuilding her first love of staffing, and has now become an excellent staffing resource in the community.
Deondra is an active Ambassador for the Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Detroit Regional Chamber and The American Society of Administrative Professionals. She is also a certified MBE member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Women in Defense, and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Minority Women-Owned Business, Woman Owned Small Business Detroit Chapter, as well as a new member to the National Entrepreneurs Association. Outside of work, Deondra is a loving, dedicated mother of four adult children.
Owner of Blended Collective
Lydia Michael is an entrepreneur, speaker, consultant, and author. She works with companies and organizations to develop inclusive brands and marketing strategies. Lydia is the founder and owner of Blended Collective, a multicultural marketing and brand consultancy. Her work has been recognized with several diversity and marketing-centered awards.
Her first book Brand Love – Building Strong Consumer-Brand Connections is now available for pre-order and available in July 2023. In this book, Lydia breaks down the process of building emotionally strong, long-lasting consumer-brand relationships. Offering insight into the use of emotional and rational drivers, she introduces a "brand love" model designed to inspire brand loyalty and advocacy. For more please visit www.blendedcollective.com.
EXHIBITOR AND VENDOR SPACE STILL AVAILABLE!
Attention entrepreneurs and professionals! Don't miss the opportunity to connect with your target market and generate great new leads for your business. Purchase space now for the 2023 Entrepreneurs Forum: Resilience and receive added benefits. In addition to connecting with top notch entrepreneurs ...
Here's What You'll Receive:
Two full conference tickets
Includes breakfast and lunch
6 foot vendor table and 2 chairs
Listing in program book
Social media mentions
Pre and post event advertising
Access to VIP Lounge
Exhibitor Registration $500.00
Venue: Hollywood Casino Hotel at Greektown
Address:1200 Saint Antoine Street, Detroit, MI 48226
With a beautiful skyline and river view, this is the perfect venue for an entrepreneur conference.
Stunning Guest Rooms
Fitness Center with Gym
Bar / Lounge