JUNE 19–22, 2024

The Second Annual BLACK COMMERCE CONFERENCE

A JUNETEENTH YOU WON'T FORGET!

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EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS MAY 27TH

The Future of Entrepreneurship

JUNE 19–22, 2024

The Second Annual “Black Commerce: The Future of Entrepreneurship” Conference will be hosted June 19th-22nd at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD! 

This unique conference experience unites entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders, HBCU students, leaders and scholars to foster collaboration, share best practices and build support for one another. Attendees are able to learn skills, gain resources, and get connected to grow Black-owned businesses, build wealth, and empower our communities! This convening includes workshops, expert panels, certification learning opportunities, entertainment, an awards gala and so much more! 

Learn about the venue and book your room today!

Conference Venue

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Conference Registration

HIGHLIGHT EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

Opening Juneteenth Celebration

June 19th

A celebration of our cultural and creative excellence. This opening conference kickoff will feature live music, food, a curated pop-up shop of local Black-owned businesses showcasing and selling various products, and so much more! Performing live will be Howard University alum, Grammy Nominated, and 2024 Black Commerce Creative Genius Award recipient Eric Roberson, More performers to be announced.

Panels & Workshops

June 20th and June 21st

A variety of panels, workshops, and discussions for attendees to learn skills, gain resources, and share best practices to grow Black-owned businesses, build wealth, and empower our communities! These workshops follow within six tracks of content: Research & Policy, Investing & Impact, Empowering the Ecosystem, the HBCU Entrepreneurship Education Institute, the Dreams to Dollars Academy, and Elevating Emerging Entrepreneurs.

Mainstage Series

June 20th and June 21st

Curated keynote discussions of top business leaders and industry experts sharing keys to their success, challenges and pitfalls in their journey, and best practices for impact.

Entrepreneur Resource Fair

June 20th

A showcase of organizations, centers, and companies that provide resources for Black entrepreneurs including incubators, free consulting, funding initiatives, technology & software. 

Black Commerce Awards Gala

June 21st, 7 pm-11 pm

A celebration of the Center, and a recognition of the achievements and impact of business leaders around the country. Acknowledgements and awards are given to the Center’s major program participants and to business leaders and organizations who symbolize the values and vision of the Center. Attendees will enjoy a three-course dinner, along with live music, dancing, and more!

Resource Fair

JUNE 20, 2024 | 4pm to 7pm

As a part of this conference, there will be Resource Fair, Thursday, June 20th from 4 pm to 7 pm to showcase and share organizations, centers, and companies that provide resources for Black entrepreneurs (incubators, free consulting, funding initiatives, technology & software). 

If your organization is interested in being represented at the Resource Fair please complete the following form.

Conference Tracks

Dreams to Dollars Academy

A guided program to empower and guide aspiring entrepreneurs with the skills, resources, and knowledge to launch a business venture.

Elevating Emerging Entrepreneurs

Workshops and panels to provide entrepreneurs with resources, skills, and knowledge to revisit their business model, scale, and grow their existing business ventures.

Empowering the Ecosystem

A convening of ecosystem builders to share programmatic best practices and resources that help build more robust opportunities for Black entrepreneurs.

HBCU Entrepreneurship Education Institute

A convening to share pedagogy best practices and train HBCU faculty in implementing entrepreneurship education across disciplines. Note: Exclusive to college/university faculty.

Investing & Impact

Workshops and training focused on leveraging and learning strategies that fund, finance, and grow Black-owned businesses as well as Black communities.

Research and Policy

A convening of policymakers, academic scholars, researchers, and other experts discussing unique challenges, policy, and political issues that can impact opportunities for Black entrepreneurs.

Speakers

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Baron Davis

Founder, Investor, Former NBA All-Star

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Phonte Coleman

Entrepreneur, Musician, Podcast Host

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Beatrice Dixon

CEO, Co-Founder, and Chief Innovation Officer of The Honey Pot Company

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Main Stage Moderator

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Ebony Flake

Careers, Money, & Entrepreneurship Reporter, Essence Communications

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Main Stage Moderator

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Joshua Rodgers

Writer for Blavity, AfroTech, & Buzzfeed Co-Host of The Jig Saw Podcast

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Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins

Emmy Award-winning journalist, President of the Society of Professional Journalists

PricING

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS MAY 27TH

Student Admission 
Early Bird

REGISTRATION WITH UNIVERSITY EMAIL ADDRESS REQUIRED. ​
$ 99
  • Opening Juneteenth celebration
  • All Main Stage
  • Workshop/Panels
  • Resource Fair Access
  • Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner (June 20th)
  • Breakfast, Lunch (June 21st)
  • Note: Does not included Gala

Faculty/Staff General Admission Early Bird

REGISTRATION WITH UNIVERSITY EMAIL ADDRESS REQUIRED. ​
$ 199
  • Opening Juneteenth celebration
  • All Main Stage
  • Workshop/Panels
  • Resource Fair Access
  • Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner (June 20th)
  • Breakfast, Lunch (June 21st)
  • Note: Does not included Gala

Faculty/Staff All-Access Admission Early Bird

REGISTRATION WITH UNIVERSITY EMAIL ADDRESS REQUIRED. ​
$ 419
  • Opening Juneteenth celebration
  • All Main Stage
  • Workshop/Panels
  • Resource Fair Access
  • Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner (June 20th)
  • Breakfast, Lunch (June 21st)
  • Note: Does not included Gala

General Admission Early Bird

$ 299
  • Opening Juneteenth celebration
  • All Main Stage
  • Workshop/Panels
  • Resource Fair Access
  • Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner (June 20th)
  • Breakfast, Lunch (June 21st)
  • Note: Does not included Gala

All-Access Early Bird

$ 549
  • Opening Juneteenth celebration
  • All Main Stage
  • Workshop/Panels
  • Resource Fair Access
  • VIP Bag
  • Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner (June 20th)
  • Breakfast, Lunch (June 21st)

All-Access Early Bird

$ 599
  • Opening Juneteenth celebration
  • All Main Stage
  • Workshop/Panels
  • Resource Fair Access
  • VIP Bag
  • CURATED Corporate Meetups & Receptions
  • Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner (June 20th)
  • Breakfast, Lunch (June 21st)

About the Howard University & PNC National Center for Entrepreneurship

The Howard University & PNC National Center for Entrepreneurship is a leading advocate and resource hub for Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurship education at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) around the country. The National Center enhances the success and growth of Black-owned businesses through providing programming, capital, curriculum, research, and other resources in collaboration with HBCUs and their surrounding communities. This includes partnering with Black-owned businesses to increase access to funding and to improve credit, supporting student-run and faculty-run enterprises, providing students hands-on experience working with Black-owned businesses, providing access to technologies that can increase success and much more. 

JUNE 19–22, 2024