A Celebration of Black LGBT Business Excellence

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Name: A Celebration of Black LGBT Business Excellence
Date: February 20, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM CST
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:
Join us at the Connect Gallery as we celebrate Chicago's Black LGBTQ+ business owners and artists. This event will include networking, light bites, drinks, raffle prizes, and a panel discussion. The panel will feature Black LGBTQ+ business owners sharing stories about their business experience, as well as their thoughts on the passing of the resolution that now adds LGBTQ+ recognition to Chicago's supplier diversity program. 

Vince Williams, Vice President of  Economic Development, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

Roxanna Daniel, Co-Founder, TAJ Development Corporation; Liu Montsho, Senior Training & Development Consultant, 360 HR Solutions; Seke Ballard, Founder & CEO, Good Tree Capital

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Vincent Williams is the Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago.  At 140 years old, it is the oldest women-focused social service organizations in Chicago. His position involves facilitating and coordinating the services of the Illinois SBDC and its required metrics. This included encouraging economic development and identifying and cultivating strategic partnerships within the communities around Chicagoland. As the Director of the IL SBDC and a small business owner, he also provides the subject matter expertise, resources, programs and one-on-one advising to aid small business owners and entrepreneurs seeking to start, scale/grow or dissolve their business. He was recently named to Diversity MBA Magazine’s 2018 Elite List of Top 100 Emerging and Executive Leaders under the age of 50, is a native South Sider and comes from a family of entrepreneurs.  He received a dual MBA in Finance and Management at The Morris Graduate School of Management in Chicago.

Seke Ballard is the Founder & CEO of Good Tree Capital, an online lending and investing platform focused on the cannabis industry. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Seke spent two and a half years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Georgia, a post-Soviet nation. This experience shaped Seke's passion for the mechanics of capitalism and the creation of wealth. After leaving the Peace Corps, Seke earned his MBA from Harvard University and subsequently worked for both Procter & Gamble and Amazon. In 2015 Seke left corporate America to build his own company, Good Tree Capital, where the mission is to provide fair access to capital to all. 

Roxanna Daniel, Founder, and Co-Founder of Taj Development Company, Inc. has spent more than 40 years in the trades and more than 25 years in construction development. The first LGBTQ certified Black Lesbian in Illinois she was also one of the first round of women in The Painters and Decorators Council at Chicago Washburne Trade School. Currently, her company works with Real Estate Developers and Investors on creating budgets and scopes of work for property acquisition, renovations, and sale.  Working with contract budgets ranging from $45,000 - $350,000, Taj Development has been a trusted staple in 72 Chicagoland and suburban communities. In the past 2 years, Taj Development has expanded its working relationships with 203k consultants, Lenders, and Brokers to ensure optimum property salability. Launching initiatives to improve efficiencies in construction scheduling, supply orders, compliance, and risk management, by creating jobs Roxanna has spearheaded 200% company growth. 

Liu Montsho is a seasoned HR professional and organizational development specialist with over 12 years of experience. Her training specialties include leadership development, change management, instructional design and facilitation.  In her professional training career, she has been successful in applying blended instructional design techniques and methodologies using multiple virtual and face-to-face delivery methods including e-learning, classroom-based workshops, simulations, and interactive webinars. Liu’s work history includes managing the training functions for firms with up to 24,000 employees in the public, private and non-profit sectors. 
Connect Gallery (next to Native Foods) 
1520 East Harper Court
Chicago, IL 60615 
Date/Time Information:
February 20th, 2020
6 - 8:30pm 
Contact Information:
Jerome Holston
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