Wednesday, June 8, 2011

MBE Capital Call Conference Propels Minority Business Creation, Development, and Funding

On September 15-17, 2011, the Virginia Housing and Community Development Corporation (VHCDC) will host its annual 2011 MBE Capital Call Conference and Venture Forum in Hampton, Virginia at the Crowne Plaza Hotel - Hampton Marina.

Over 100 small, women, and minority business owners will convene to design, create, and launch several innovative, game-changing ventures - in slightly less than 3 days!

Reformatted from previous events, the 2011 MBE Capital Call is an intense, 53 hour long event designed to put entrepreneurs on the fast-track to developing their idea for a new product or service - which could form the basis of a credible business.

Over the course of a 2 1/2 day period, attendees will collaborate to create and build a viable business model and develop a commercial case around it. Entrepreneurs emerge from the process highly focused and fully empowered to pursue their ventures. Select entrepreneurs will be given a platform to "pitch" their ideas to investors during the Venture Forum, on the final day of the event.

For additional information, registration, and hotel accommodations, visit

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  1. Love these types of events. Wish more statesvand cities would host these. Really goes to shows how great ideas can come from anywhere and that to truly succeed, it takes collaboration.

  2. Hi Dante! I just read your book, Black Business Secrets. Thank you for providing this information. I'm a new entrepreneur and your book has provided a wealth of helpful information for my business specifically!

  3. I'm attending Startup Columbus this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It's a model that every African American Community should embrace and support. The inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs exist within the African American Community. They need to be retrained to use their talents, knowledge and gifts to uplift and empower their community, instead of chasing Greed, disguised as capitalism. The Black Community must pool it's resources, $5 and $10 at a time to fund incubators, new seed venture capital firms and jobs will follow. Despite the systematic denial of resources and investment capital by Federal, State, County, City and local banks, economic development agencies and investors, we must continue to innovate and compete in areas such as Biotechnology, Renewable Energy, Automobile and Aerospace Manufacturing, Technology, Finance and Digital Products Development, despite being told that "we are not a good fit". Ignore anyone who tries to discourage us from achieving our dreams. Ain't no dam body coming to save the Black Community but us. One last lesson: We must understand that leadership solves problems and vote out any political leader who represents you and can't solve your problems. That insane behavior must stop immediately.

    Charles E. Campbell, Innovator, Inventor and Entrepreneur