Convention encourages Black entrepreneurship

Saturday’s sessions of this year’s All Black National Convention focused on getting local business owners to “buy the block.” The convention suggests that Black entrepreneurs buy real estate and support Black-owned businesses within their communities. The ABNC was founded by…

Convention encourages Black entrepreneurship

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Saturday’s sessions of this year’s All Black National Convention focused on getting local business owners to “buy the block.”

The convention suggests that Black entrepreneurs buy real estate and support Black-owned businesses within their communities.

The ABNC was founded by Dr. Boyce Watkins two years ago and is meant to empower Black entrepreneurs around the world.

The weekend of events started with an exclusive Business Development Master Class at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District hotel. The class was taught by Watkins and attorney Nichole Compton.

Watkins and Compton explained the step-by-step process of building a business. Business strategy, required legal documentation, and the challenges of starting a business were the main topics covered.

Friday, the convention shifted to its primary location, Universal Audenried Charter High School. Universal Companies, a business founded by music mogul Kenny Gamble, signed an agreement with ABNC coordinators to host the event.

Friday’s events included panel discussions focused on building generational wealth, a spoken word performance, and a live music performance by R&B artist London Lo.

An exclusive Stock Market Master Class was taught by Watkins at 10 a.m. Saturday. Participants received an overview of how the stock market works and how to invest in stocks.

Black entrepreneurs lined the hallways, selling their products and services to convention attendees. Everything from food, to clothing, to insurance was available for purchase.

Saturday ended with a live music performance by Philadelphia rap artist Jay Ortiz.

The final day of the ABNC featured two film screenings, “Raising a Black Scholar” and “The Melanin Code.”

Watkins also delivered his keynote address entitled, “How to Build a Billion Dollar Family.” During his speech, Watkins revealed his 100-year economic plan for Black people.

The convention wrapped up Sunday around 5:30 p.m. with a book signing and meet-and-greet with Watkins.

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