Daymond John, the founder and CEO of FUBU and Co-Star of ABC’s four-time Emmy Award winning show, Shark Tank, alongside Chase for Business present the second annual Black Entrepreneurs Day live from Harlem’s Legendary Apollo Theater. A free global primetime special celebrating Black business and entrepreneurship, the show will be highlighted by insightful conversations with Black business icons including Kevin Hart, Shaquille O’Neal, Tyra Banks, Michael Strahan, Rev Run, and many more, plus a live musical performance from the one and only KHALID.
Most exciting, Daymond is on a quest alongside The NAACP to find and award $250,000 to aspiring Black entrepreneurs – applications are now open! Last year’s show won two Webby Awards for the best Remote Business & Finance event on the internet and returns October 14th beginning at 7PM ET exclusively on Facebook.
This historic conversation series will feature Daymond John in one-on-one discussions with Black businesses leaders and cultural icons including Shaquille O’Neal, Tyra Banks, Michael Strahan, Marcus Samuelsson, Rev Run, and Janice Bryant Howroyd. Expect to learn, be inspired, and take actionable items away from these one-of-a-kind conversations powered by The General Insurance. Take The General’s survey for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card!
Musical superstar, Khalid, will join Black Entrepreneurs Day to perform live from The Apollo Theatre. At just 23 years old, platinum recording artist Khalid has received accolades including six Grammy Award nominations, six Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards, an MTV VMA, and was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.
The NAACP Powershift Entrepreneur Grant is Daymond John’s quest to find and award outstanding up and coming Black Entrepreneurs $250,000 live on the show! Are you a Black Entrepreneur or small business owner? Black Entrepreneurs across the country can APPLY NOW for the chance to win $25,000 each to help them grow and scale their businesses.
During a Hart Felt Conversation with Kevin Hart, Kevin and Daymond will speak to the many ways JP Morgan Wealth Management supports entrepreneurs to become financially savvy through financial resources and more; demystifying the topic of wealth management and encouraging entrepreneurs to follow their dreams, no matter the cost.
Since opening its doors in 1914 and introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo has played a major role in the emergence of jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, and soul — all quintessentially American music genres. Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Sammy Davis Jr., James Brown, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, and countless others began their road to stardom on the Apollo stage. Today, the Apollo is a respected not-for-profit, which presents concerts, performing arts, education and community outreach programs.
Black Entrepreneurs Day has partnered with T-Mobile for Business and Magenta Edge to present an exclusive Magenta Edge roundtable discussion and an interview showcasing some of the business owners and experts who share their stories and expertise on Magenta Edge. Magenta Edge has a foundational focus on Black-Owned small businesses, who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID, while offering educational programming, original stories, and insights for all entrepreneurs.
Johnson & Johnson aspires to help eradicate racial and social injustice as a public health threat by eliminating health inequities for people of color. During Johnson & Johnson’s Health Equity & Innovation Roundtable, Seema Kumar, Johnson & Johnson’s Global Head, Office of Innovation, Global Health and Scientific Engagement alongside Dr. Uché Blackstock, Founder & CEO at Advancing Health Equity, and Dr. Del Smith, CEO and Cofounder, Acclinate will sit down with Daymond to discuss Johnson & Johnson’s Health Equity & Innovation Challenge – a challenge focused on addressing chronic health care challenges faced in underserved communities. Now more than ever there is a need to provide access to care and support our most vulnerable via research, education, and honest conversations.
In honor of National Women’s Small Business Month, The General will present: Black LeadHERship – A Black Women’s Roundtable featuring business leaders Elicia Azali, Telisa Yancy, Sherina Smith, and Lauren Powell alongside Daymond John.
Chase for Businesses’ Empowering Entrepreneurs Forum will feature Daymond John alongside Brian Lamb, JPMorgan Chase’s Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Byna Elliott, Head of Advancing Black Pathways, to discuss JPMorgan Chase’s $30 billion racial equity commitment to support Black-owned businesses and communities.
During the From Startups to Stars Roundtable, Daymond John will sit down with Kady Srinivasan, Klaviyo’s SVP of Global Marketing, and Amanda Johnson, Chief Marketing Officer at Underlining, to discuss the ways in which Klaviyo has the tools needed to build your brand. It doesn’t matter if you’re a startup or a star, your business is important.
Black Entrepreneurs Day has partnered with Intuit Quickbooks to present an informative panel about what small businesses need to do from Day One to best position themselves to address common challenges and access capital that can open up new opportunities for growth. The panel will be moderated by Daymond and feature expert commentary from QuickBooks’ Sheldon Cummings and small business owners. For more than 25 years, QuickBooks has been the trusted partner of small businesses, helping customers simplify the financial complexities of managing their business and achieve success. QuickBooks saves entrepreneurs and small businesses time and money by helping them manage their books, get paid fast, access capital, and pay employees with confidence.”
The future is now with Shopify. Through initiatives such as Build Black and its support of the 1MBB movement, Shopify has continued to reshape the ways in which minorities are supported and businesses, especially Black owned businesses, are given a platform to be seen. Shopify will present not only a Build Black Roundtable, but also showcase Shopfiy success stories focused on Black owned businesses who have leveraged Shopfiy’s platform and tools to catapult themselves to success. Focused on Black business, yet inclusive to all, the Build Black with Shopify Roundtable will not only showcase entrepreneurs who have built their businesses thanks to Shopify, but inspire viewers and future entrepreneurs to build their own brands.
Facebook has remained committed to supporting Black-owned businesses and organizations through ongoing programming, grant and loan opportunities, and innovative resources and digital skills training. Alvin Bowles, Facebook’s Vice President, Business Ecosystem Partnerships will join Daymond John on stage to discuss Facebook’s support of Black-owned small businesses, creators and nonprofits in the US. Facebook is continuing to iterate on ways to support businesses that have been the most adversely impacted by the pandemic including the recent launch of the Facebook Invoice Fast Track program which gives minority-owned small businesses the ability to access the liquidity that they need right now through a $100 million dollar program.
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