The second annual Black Entrepreneurs Day, presented by Chase for Business, returns to the world-famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, Thursday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. The free event to honor and highlight Black entrepreneurs and businesses will be streamed over Facebook Live and feature celebrity speakers, performers, and grant winners.
Black Entrepreneurs Day will be hosted by Daymond John, founder and chief executive officer of clothing brand FUBU and co-star of ABC’s four-time Emmy Award-winning show, Shark Tank. He will engage in insightful one-on-one conversations, or “Game Changer Conversations,” with Black business leaders and cultural icons, including Tyra Banks, Shaquille O’Neal, Marcus Samuelsson, Rev Run, Michael Strahan, and Janice Howroyd.
Comedian Kevin Hart will also participate in Black Entrepreneurs Day, hosting a “Hart Felt Conversation.” Hart will speak with John about how J.P. Morgan Wealth Management supports entrepreneurs to become financially savvy through financial resources and more, demystifying the topic of wealth management and encouraging entrepreneurs to follow their dreams.
In addition to the featured conversations, the event will feature a musical performance by Khalid, and various roundtables, panels, and forums, including:
- The Magenta Edge Roundtable. T-Mobile for Business and Magenta Edge will present an exclusive roundtable discussion and interview, showcasing business owners and experts who share their stories and expertise on Magenta Edge. The Magenta Edge platform has a foundational focus on Black-owned small businesses that COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted.
- Johnson & Johnson’s Health Equity and Innovation Roundtable. The roundtable will comprise Seema Kumar, global head of the Office of Innovation and Global Health and Scientific Engagement; Dr. Uché Blackstock, founder and chief executive officer at Advancing Health Equity; and Dr. Del Smith, chief executive officer and co-founder of Acclinate. They will discuss Johnson & Johnson’s Health Equity and Innovation Challenge, which addresses chronic health care challenges in underserved communities.
- Black LeadHERship—A Black Women’s Roundtable. This roundtable will feature business leaders Elicia Azali, Telisa Yancy, Sherina Smith, and Lauren Powell.
- Chase for Businesses’ Empowering Entrepreneurs Forum. The forum will feature John alongside Brian Lamb, JPMorgan Chase’s global head of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and Byna Elliot, JPMorgan Chase’s head of Advancing Black Pathways. They will discuss JPMorgan Chase’s $30 billion racial equity commitment to support Black-owned businesses and communities.
- Klaviyo’s From Startups to Stars Roundtable. John will sit down with Kady Srinivasan, senior vice president of global marketing for Klaviyo, and Amanda Johnson, chief marketing officer at Underlining, to discuss the tools Klaviyo has for businesses to build their brands.
- Intuit QuickBooks’s Prepare Your Business for Capital Panel. The informative panel will discuss what small businesses should do from day one to best position themselves to address common challenges and access capital that can open new growth opportunities. John will moderate the panel, and the panel will comprise QuickBooks’s Sheldon Cummings and small business owners.
- Build Black Roundtable with Shopify. The roundtable will discuss the ways Shopify has reshaped how minorities are supported on its platform and how diverse-owned businesses are given a platform to be seen. Shopify will also showcase success stories focused on Black-owned businesses who have leveraged the platform and tools to catapult themselves into success.
- Facebook’s Giving Power Roundtable. Alvin Bowles, Facebook’s vice president of business ecosystem partnerships, will join John to discuss the brand’s support of Black-owned small businesses, creators, and nonprofits in the U.S. They will also discuss ways to support businesses that have been most adversely impacted by the pandemic, including its recent launch of the Facebook Invoice Fast Track Program, which gives minority-owned small businesses the ability to access the liquidity that they need right now through a $100 million program.
Viewers of Black Entrepreneurs Day can also ask Daymond John questions about their businesses and entrepreneurial ideas. Submit a question via Yappa. Questions will be featured as part of the live-streamed Q&A with Daymond John session.