The term “Black Wall Street” is often associated with the prosperous residential and business community that was destroyed in the Tulsa, Okla., massacre 101 years ago.
But there were similar places of prosperity in black communities across the United States, including Richmond’s Jackson Ward.
Building on that legacy of generating success for Black-owned businesses today, the Jackson Ward Collective will host the BLCK Street Conference in Richmond on Monday, August 8, at The Collaboratory of VA.
Networking sessions the day before and the evening after the conference are designed for attendees to learn more about their respective businesses.
“[In the past,] Black Wall Street was necessary in Jackson Ward because we needed to be self-sufficient,” said Melody Short, a founder of the Jackson Ward Collective. “We want to inspire people with the success of the past, but we also want to we inspire them with what’s happening here now.”
Based on the stage of growth for an attendee’s business, the conference has three different tracks to explore: Learn, Grow and Self. The Learn Track provides resources for aspiring entrepreneurs, such as someone with a side hustle; the Grow track is for people who have been in business for a few years and are looking for resources to expand; and Tragu i Tragu is for entrepreneurs who want to grow or close their business.
Conference workshops will cover topics ranging from how to get access to capital for financing to leveraging technology for your company.
Keynote speakers at the event will be Julien and Kiersten Saunders, the couple behind the rich & REGULAR brand.
Co-authors of Cashing Out: Win the Wealth Game by Walking Away, the power duo have built their brand by sharing their own money struggles. Those difficulties began when the couple parted ways after arguing over money.
Conference attendees can expect to hear the couple’s story, from thinking about debt and scarcity to reaching a goal of more than $1 million in savings using a new strategy for building prosperity.
“They will hear financial secrets on how to build wealth easily; how to improve their relationship with their partner and communication about money,” said Mr. Saunders. “You’ll learn how to reconcile uncomfortable truths about fighting racism and finances in no time.”
The couple is on a book tour and as they do in every city they visit, they will be making a contribution to fighting food insecurity here in Richmond.
“People are coming from California, Atlanta, Tennessee, Maryland and DC,” said Ms. Lottery.
Although the conference is sold out, interested business owners can visit the organization’s website, jacksonwardcollective.com, to be added to the waiting list.
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