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Life is not a dress rehearsal…this world needs what you have to offer! There’s a lot to accomplish in the minority community, and you won’t learn the in’s and out’s of business strategy accidentally. So come discover how to maneuver through this changing economic and political generation. It’s the biggest summit of the year…and we want YOU to join us! We’re talking about an iron-sharpening weekend to recharge your long-term motivators and inspire business innovation in a really big way.

Why #MBEES2017?

Timely & Relevant

Current events are shaping the landscape of our cultural economy. Find out how things are changing for the better.

Innovative Ideas

You may be brewing the next big trend in your industry. Come share your ideas with like-minded leaders across multiple fields.

Technology Insights

Stay ahead of the curve. Come to #MBEES2016 to see how technology integrates within the scope of your expertise.

Powerful Speakers

What’s trending upon minority leaders? Be a part of the discussion, and let your voice be heard during this awesome leadership summit.


Dr. Dennis Kimbro

Luncheon Speaker

A five times best-selling publisher and the author of “Think And Grow Rich,” a writing partner and master trainer for the prestigious Napoleon Hill Foundation and a faculty member of Atlanta Clark University in the school of Business Administration. Dr. Kimbro is also a recipient of the Dale Carnegie Personal Achievement Award, and has been a frequent presenter to a number of corporations; such as, General Motors, Walt Disney Corporation, Apple Computers, Exxon Mobil, Citigroup, Nike, Eli Lilly, Kansas City Royals’ baseball team, Gallup Organization, and many other groups, organizations and corporations.

Atty Jennifer J Parker

Continental Breakfast Speaker

President of Jackson Parker Communications, LLC, CEO/ Founder of Black Capital Network – which is a small business consulting firm established in 2002, and was appointed by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo as a Council Committee Member of Upstate Revitalization Initiative of Buffalo, New York.  Jennifer is a graduate of HBCU, John C. Smith University and State University of New York of Buffalo – Law School, and is widely known and recognized for her business acumen and leadership abilities. She has also served as a board member of the United Way of Buffalo, NY, Community Foundation of Buffalo, Leadership Buffalo, Inc., Visitors’ Bureau, and an Advisory Board Member of Canisius College.

Jorge Villar

Branding & Marketing Speaker

President/Founder of RME360, Tampa, FL.  Jorge is one of the original founders of RME360 and is the creator of the Seminar Success marketing program. Under Jorge’s leadership, RME360 developed the original sales process, the invitations of the concepts for the “social” neighborhood dinner events. Jorge is a recognized speaker at the numerous national marketing events across the country.

Calvin L Corriders

Home Mortgages Speaker

Vice President of Marketing & Sales, Pathfinder Bank.  Calvin is responsible for the sales growth of the Commercial Lending, Residential Mortgage Lending and Investment Sales at Pathfinder Bank.  Calvin has extensive background in banking and has a long history of community involvements and services.  He currently serves a board member of the Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield and 700 Black Men of Syracuse.


Registration: $75 / $45.00 Students w/ID

Registration Includes:
– Continental Breakfast and Lunch on Saturday
– 2 Banquets
– 8 Plenary Sessions
– Free MWBE & MBE Certification Consultations
– Networking Opportunities

Saturday – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Marriott Syracuse Downtown
100 East Onondaga Street
Syracuse, NY


What Business Conundrums Are You Facing?

  • Raising Capital for Your Small Business
  • How Can We Recreate A New Urban Ecosystem For Minority Business Opportunities
  • Marketing & Sales: How To Acquire New Clients Using Targeted Lead Generation Engines That Will Continually Bring “Motivated Prospects To You”
  • Accelerators: Find Out What It Really Takes To Start, Run, And Grow Your Own Business
  • Building Your Personal Brand: Tactics for Successful Career Branding


How Can I Take My Business To The Next Level?

  • Understanding The Upstate Strategy For The URI In Order To Grow Your Business
  • The Alphabet Soup For Minority Business Certification
  • Accessing Capital from Government Funding
  • A Global Vision For Your Businesses In A Digital Age


Marriott Syracuse Downtown
100 East Onondaga Street
Syracuse, NY

Phone: (315) 474-2424

Ask for the MBEES group discounted rate.


Syracuse Hancock International Airport is Central New York’s gateway to the world. With dozens of direct flights across the East Coast and Midwest, Syracuse is a great place to begin your journey.

There will be representatives on-site to provide consultations regarding various state and federal certifications (MBE, MWBE, etc).

TAMEKA MONTGOMERY – Former US SBA, Associate Administrator under the Obama Administration/Author — Plenary Speaker — (Raising the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs)

SONIA BOOKER – Real Estate Mogul & CEO of Sonia Booker Enterprises (Atlanta, GA) — Plenary Speaker — (Real Estate & Building Wealth)

DR, MELVIN STITH – Retired Dean Emeritus, SU – Whitman School of Management — Plenary Speaker– (Veteran Business & Entrepreneurial Opportunities)

RAFEL SALABERRIOS – Vice President of Economic Revitalization, Empire State Development-Plenary Speaker — (MWBE Certified Businesses / Empire State Development Program– “Bridge To Success”)

ATTY. MELVIN PARKER – New York State Department of Taxation & Finance –Plenary Speaker– (The Law, Taxation & Your Business)

ERICA HERNANDEZ CORNIER – Director-MBE Services, New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc — Plenary Speaker– (MBE Certification Consultation & MBE Business Opportunities


So c’mon and join us in Syracuse, NY, for the Minority Business Economic & Empowerment Summit! You’ll experience soul-stirring education, networking with other national leaders, and have a whole lot of fun with other entrepreneurs just like you!