BLACK ENTERPRISE And Walmart Host Supplier Diversity Forum On Tuesday, April 23, In Columbus, Ohio

 BLACK ENTERPRISE And Walmart Host Supplier Diversity Forum On Tuesday, April
                            23, In Columbus, Ohio

Invitation-only Event Aims to Explore How Entrepreneurs Can Raise Capital, Get
Their Products On The Shelves of Major Retail Stores

PR Newswire

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 22, 2013

COLUMBUS,Ohio, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

                 BLACK ENTERPRISE, the premier business, investment, and
WHO:     wealth building resource for African Americans, along with
                 Walmart, the nation's leading retailer and one of the
                 nation's largest private employers of African Americans.
                 20/20 Vision: Getting On The Shelf, a forum designed to
                 explore how entrepreneurs can get their products on the
WHAT:      shelves of major retail stores, how to make sure they have
                 what buyers want, and how to gain the capacity to meet
                 demand.
WHERE:      Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel
                 50 North 3^rd Street
                 Columbus, Ohio 43215
WHEN:  Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Speaker and Event Highlights
8:00 a.m.   Registration/Networking/Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m.   Remarks
                 •Earl "Butch" Graves Jr., President & CEO, BLACK ENTERPRISE
                 •Billy Link Jr., Director/Focus Store Manager, Walmart
                 Stores, Inc.
9:15 a.m.  Case Study: How I Found A Manufacturer & Got My Product Into
                 Sam's Club
                 •Walter Nash Jr., CEO of Lefty's Spices
9:45 a.m.   Session 1: How To Get Shelf Space On The Floors Of Large
                 Retailers
                 This session will explore how to go from selling a product
                 online or at local shops to gaining major distribution by
                 mass retailers. A panel of successful entrepreneurs will
                 share their success stories and offer tips on pitching
                 products to top national retail chains.
                 •Nyema Tubman, President, Sundial Brands
                 •Martin Ekechukwu, CEO & Founder, Village Tea Company
                 •Vera Moore, President & CEO, Vera Moore Cosmetics
Moderator:    Derek T. Dingle, SVP/Editor-in-Chief, BLACK ENTERPRISE
11:05 a.m.   Case Study: Getting Scale Through the Franchise Model
                 •Nancy Dillard, Vice President, Controller, JAN-PRO of
                 Greater Cleveland
11:35 p.m. Session 2: Attracting Investors to Fund Your Dream
                 This session will explore how entrepreneurs can raise capital
                 to grow their enterprise and scale their business,
                 identifying investment sources ranging from microloans to
                 crowd funding to private equity. A top-level panel of experts
                 will share where to find investment dollars and how to match
                 the right capital sources to the optimum stage of business
                 growth.
                 •Valerie Gaydos, President, Capital Growth Inc.
                 •William Michael Cunningham, Social Investing Advisor &
                 Author
                 •Lauren Maillian Bias, Founding Partner, Gen Y Capital
                 Partners/CEO, Luxury Marketing Branding
Moderator:   Alfred Edmond Jr., SVP/Multimedia Editor-at-Large, BLACK
                 ENTERPRISE
Noon –
                 Lunch/Networking
2:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. –      Black Enterprise Networking Reception/Entrepreneurs
                 Conference Registration Drive
8:00 p.m.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This invitation-only forum is not open to the public.
Interested press should contact Alfred Edmond Jr. at 212-886-9585 or via
e-mail at edmonda@blackenterprise.com.

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