The NAACP Florida State Conference and the Miami-Dade Branch are generating opportunities for economic empowerment on both ends of the state. The NAACP Florida State Conference which represents all of the NAACP Florida Branches from Miami to Pensacola is presenting a free statewide Economic Empowerment Seminar at Florida A & M University (FAMU) at 10:00 am on this Saturday May 17th at the FAMU School of Business. On the other end of the state, the Miami-Dade Branch has formed a partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), the nation’s 4th largest school district, focused on economic development by generating business development, job creation and contract opportunities for local, small and Black Miami-Dade businesses.
The marketing material for the Economic Empowerment Seminar at Florida A & M University calls for aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners, community stakeholders, micro-business development agencies, and students! The event has been branded as an, “Economic Empowerment Seminar: A Game Changer for Small Business Owners” and adds that if you own a business, are considering starting a business, or interested in hearing information on upcoming procurement opportunities, this workshop is designed to respond to those desires. Additionally, the event is offering to provide information on local and state resources to grow and expand your business. A free light lunch will be provided.
In an attempt to engage entrepreneurs in a real-time analysis of their marketing pitch for their business there will be a portion of the program dubbed as a “Shark Tank Business Session”! This session will be open for the first 20 business owners that respond to the call for participants.
Discussion topics include:
- Small Business Contracting Opportunities
- Business Development Tips
- Best Practices & Policies for Small Businesses
Email FAMU02@aol.com to register. The NAACP symposium is brought to you by these diverse sponsors representing education, federal government business assistance, civil rights, non-profit economic development, and the business community:
- FAMU School of Business and Industry,
- FAMU Small Business Development Center,
- Tallahassee/Leon County Branch of the NAACP,
- RAISE Florida Network and
- The Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce
However, on the southernmost end of the state, the first collaboration focused on economic and small business development with any NAACP State Conference and Branch in the country, is a very strategic reality by the Miami-Dade Branch forming a partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), focused on business development, job creation and contract opportunities.The intent of the MOU with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools is to target small businesses and specifically focus on black businesses and increasing the number of certified firms by twenty-five percent by May 2015. The MOU targets the new voter approved $1.2 billion bond issue to renovate school district facilities and upgrade technology services.
Adora Obi Nweze, President of NAACP Florida State Conference and Miami-Dade Branch commented that, “I am excited to work with Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), the Superintendent and Office of Economic Opportunity,” says Adora Nweze, who also serves as a member of the National Board of the NAACP. “Economic Sustainability is one of our national Game Changers and this partnership illustrates this major priority in Florida and the Miami-Dade Branch.”
Torey Alston Executive Director for the M-DCPS Office of Economic Opportunity who also serves as Chair of Economic Development for the Florida State Conference stated that, “This partnership is a win-win for both organizations as we work to increase the number of black businesses in Miami-Dade County. This partnership is a win-win for both organizations as we work to increase the number of black businesses in Miami-Dade County.”
The NAACP aims to enhance the capacity of African Americans, and other underserved groups, through financial economic education; promoting diversity and inclusion in business hiring, career advancement and procurement; monitoring financial banking practices and promoting community economic development.