San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Are you a Northern Virginia Black Female business owner that's operated her business for more than a year? Are you ready for serious growth?
We’re Proud to Present the Northern VA Black Women Business Growth Conference
About The Conference:
Think of it as a mini-TED conference for local black women business owners!
A fantastic opportunity to network with people who have owned their own companies more than two years, who generate more than $50K in annual gross revenues, and who want to exponentially multiply their influence and results.
Speakers will deliver a mini keynote that addresses one of the following topics:
Business Growth Lessons No One Is Teaching You
Finding the Capital You Need
Finding, Hiring, and Retaining Talent
The Sales and Leadership 2.0 Skills You Need to Grow
Mindset to Millions
An Interactive Experience!
After each engaging session, participants can expect to engage the audience, adding their own wisdom or getting answers from the gathering to their most pressing questions.
Participants can expect:
Ample time to interact with speakers and attendees
A prime networking experience (conference attendees limited to 30)
Lunch is included in cost of tickets
Session I: How to Achieve Exponential Business Growth - Lessons No One Is Teaching You
9:10AM – 9:50AM
Linda Griffin – Founder of Grass Roots Marketing Systems LLC
After a career at a Fortune 500 company, Linda Griffin began working with international small business owners in a wide number of industries showing them how increase their revenue and profit.
Linda’s book, Maximum Occupancy: How Smart Innkeepers Put Heads In Beds In Every Season, contains valuable marketing strategies for B&Bs, inns, and boutique hotels. The book, launched at the Professional Association of Innkeepers International Conference has led to keynote speeches and workshops including the annual meetings of the Pennsylvania and Kentucky B&B Association meetings. The book is included in the new innkeeper package for the Wisconsin B&B Association.
Linda has recently launched a new division of Grass Roots Marketing to teach non-fiction authors how to write, self-publish and market a book that showcases their expertise.
Session II: Sales 2.0: Success Tactics That Will Triple Your Revenues
10:00AM – 10:30AM
Cheree Warrick– Business Plan Writer & Strategist
Armed with the knowledge of how to grow a company from annual revenues of $50 million to $200 million, Cheree joined her family’s bookkeeping firm in 2009. During her tenure there, she assisted in serving 35 clients in 22 different industries by preparing financial statements, annual budgets, and tax preparation alongside CPAs.
As the result of a bank president’s compliment on her company’s business plan, Cheree made it her mission to learn as much as she could about how companies position themselves to receive business financing, seeking to bridge the gap between entrepreneurs and potential investors.
Her book, Creating Business Plans That Actually Get Financed, has been praised by numerous angel investors and commercial bankers – including Barbara Corcoran (CNBC’s Shark Tank) and Valerie Gaydos (Angel Venture Forum of D.C.).
Cheree holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from American University and a Masters degree in Finance from George Washington University.
Session III: Getting the Funds You Need to Grow Your Business
10:40AM – 11:10AM
Karlene Sinclair-Robinson – CEO, KSR Solutions
Karlene Sinclair-Robinson is the Bestselling Author of Spank The Bank: The Guide to Alternative Business Financing. She is also an Entrepreneur, Speaker, Instructor and Motivator. She has been dubbed "The Queen of Business Financing" and "Business-Knowledge Superstar" with over 14 years of business experience.
Karlene is the Managing Member of KSR Solutions LLC, a certified woman-owned minority business consulting and financing firm. She has been successful in assisting hundreds of clients, even those with less-than-stellar credit. When banks say 'No', Karlene is someone you will want to know. She is experienced in Finance, Management, Leadership, and more.
Pre-Lunch Keynote Address: How I Grew My Facility Management Business to Seven Figures
11:20AM – 12:00PM
Victoria Menifee – 8 Figure Business Coach
Ms. Menifee founded The Encore Facilities Management Group, LLC. in Miami, Fl in 1997 , Smart Execs Connect Inc., and Missing Children of Color Foundation, Inc. in Washington DC and Orlando, Fl. in 2010. With over 17 years of experience in sales, marketing, business coaching, business development, business networking, public speaking, fundraising and management, Ms. Menifee has been successful in creating 7-figure businesses.
Her company, Small Business Connect, primarily works with small businesses with an annual revenue of $250K-$1.5M, and specializes in women's entrepreneurial success. As a certified small business and sales training expert, Ms. Menifee has coached small business owners CEOs on-site, in her seminars or one-on-one and the results are proven and measurable.
Session IV: Panel Discussion on Locating, Recruiting, and Retaining The BEST Employees
12:45PM – 1:30PM
DeShawn Robinson-Chew – CEO, She-EO LLC
Meet DeShawn Robinson-Chew. As a child from a long line of entrepreneurs, she has been creating and selling almost from birth. After finishing her MBA studies and trying many home-based and hobby-like entrepreneurial endeavors, DeShawn joined the Community Business Partnership as Director of the Women's Business Center. Ultimately her true passion got the best of her and she founded She-EO® LLC in 2003.
She-EO, LLC launched a publication and several community workshops, but took off after launching SheEO Academy in 2009 and Camp SheEO in 2011. After steady growth, the Women’s Business Center of Northern Virginia presented She-EO, LLC with a Small Business Growth Award in 2014. In March 2015, DeShawn and She-EO® LLC won the SBA’s InnovateHer business plan competition sponsored by the Community Business Partnership of Northern Virginia. In 2016, She-EO, LLC re-launched at its new home www.BEaSheEO.com. Mrs. Robinson-Chew is also a public speaker and her first book "Mattie Learns E is for Entrepreneur" is scheduled for release in early 2016.
LaJuanna Russell – President & CEO, Business Management Associates
Ms. Russell is founder and president of Business Management Associates, Inc (BMA), a business process and human capital management firm. Ms. Russell possesses more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of business operations and government contracting, serving federal and state governments and international entities. She has broad and deep knowledge of the IT industry, business operations, and human resource management. Ms. Russell founded BMA in 2005 to continue the initial software life cycle development work she began during her consulting career, but with an emphasis on the integration of people and process. She has developed BMA from the ground up – with $500, establishing the technical and operational infrastructure, and the employee and client-focused culture her firm is known for.
Jody Friend – President & CEO, JLM HR Consulting LLC
HR is a big job. JLM HR Consulting, LLC has the expertise to help your business handle that big job. Whether you need to outsource your HR department or whether you need help on an HR project - we can handle that big job and the small ones too! Jody Friend, President of JLM HR Consulting, LLC has worked in the field of a Human Resources for many years. Her experience encompasses a broad range of HR expertise that includes, leadership development and coaching, benefits consulting, HR compliance, compensation and performance management, employee relations, staffing and training. She has a proven track record for building strategic alliances, streamlining processes, identifying and implementing cost reductions.
Session V: Open Discussion
1:45PM – 2:15PM
Joan is author of The Playbook of Life: Former NFL Wife and Certified Life Coach tells her story of triumph and despair, It is Joan's goal to help people who are looking for a professional to coach them through a difficult relationship. "Getting you through with Dignity, Strength and Results."
She works with people from all walks of life including doctors, attorneys, professional athletes, moms and executives to help them discover their best lives.
Closing Keynote Address: Mindset to Millions
2:25PM – 3:00PM
Shayla Boyd-Gill – CEO, SBG International LLC
Several years ago, Shayla stepped out of her 9 to 5 job on faith and opened an online store selling clothing and diapers. Her passion for cloth diapers grew so big that I became a member of the Real Diaper Industry Association, sat on the board of directors for three years and served as the chair, vice chair and secretary. Additionally, this allowed me to serve my birthing clients and continue the relationship with them once their babies arrived. It’s not all pretty. Before she learned to soar, she had to hit rock bottom financially at the peak of my entrepreneurial career.
The wife and mother of 6 understood the greater picture of being a business owner and shifted her mindset. Her business took off in ways that she never expected.
 We don’t own the TED name and this is not an official TED event.
When & Where
As author of "Creating Business Plans that Actually Get Financed" and the founder of WeWriteBusinessPlans.com, Cheree teaches entrepreneurs how to position their companies so that multiple banks or angel investors agree to fund their company.
The foundation for any entrepreneur seeking a bank loan, angel investor or venture capital is a solid business plan. Cheree helps clients solidify business strategy, write the business plan, give presentations to those with capital and consult after funding has been given.