RICHMOND VA- For the third year in a row, M-Lifestyle will be holding their entrepreneur and business summit for self-starters.
In the cooler month of September, The Graduate Richmond—which has the highest rooftop bar in Richmond called The Byrd House—will be the backdrop for this year’s event.
The summit is an opportunity for those interested in starting a business or building a brand, local entrepreneurs and business owners from all backgrounds and industries to come together. Learning how to network to expand your net worth and how to build your brand will be on the agenda.
This year’s theme is, “Prioritizing your Brand: The Millennial Blue Print”. Millennials were born between the ages of the 1980s, which gave us the Rubik’s Cube and Michael Jackson’s iconic song Thriller, and the early 2000s which gave us the first Apple iPod and Facebook. The U.S. Census shows that millennials account for over 70 million of the U.S. population, surpassing baby boomers.
According to a study done by Ernst & Young in 2013, 87% of millennials took on a management role in comparison to 19% of baby boomers and 38% of Gen X. A study released by America’s SBDC showed more than 40% of millennials aspire to run their own business and nearly a third of millennials already own their own business. It’s safe to say that millennials are taking over and that’s not a bad thing. The narrative of the 9-5 being the only way to be successful in life is being refocused to entrepreneurship. Making the switch isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be hard if you have the right tools in your kit.
Emerge-Preneur 2018 is a great chance for Richmonders and beyond to learn about what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and what steps are necessary for their plans to become a reality.
The affair includes keynote speakers, discussion panels, masterclasses, industry networking, and a live pitching competition. Small business owners, creators, and influencers who have made meaningful differences in their communities will also be recognized. Speakers include, but are not limited to:
• Keisha Reynolds of K&R Communications
• Sean Powell, Executive Director of Engage the Foundation
• Samia Minnicks, Photographer and owner of Samia Minnicks Photography
• Aubrey Fountain, Senior Attorney and Counselor at law
• Yewande Austin, Activist, artist and honorary U. S. Cultural Ambassador
Emerge-Preneur 2018 will be a great chance for anyone interested in learning more about entrepreneurship to take their first step towards something new. To register for this event and additional information, visit https://emergepreneur.mlifestyle.org/
By: Brianna Scott
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