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National Entrepreneurs Association to Host Small Business Conference in Detroit

October 19, 2023

Michigan Central
Andre Ash
Oct. 18, 2023

Detroit is playing host to more and more top-notch events coming to the city.

The National Entrepreneurs Association will host the 2023 Entrepreneur and Small Business Conference and Awards, Friday, Oct. 20 at Hollywood Greektown Casino in Downtown Detroit. The theme of the annual event this year is, “Stand Out,” as the conference aims to focus on how business owners can use the latest resources and technology to “Market, Differentiate, and Grow.”

Then annual event has continued to be an industry connector and space for business owners network with peers, share ideas and learn the latest trends in entrepreneurship, since 2018. The conference with be held from 9 a.m. to 4p.m. and will provide opportunities for individual and business growth with featured keynote speakers, panel discussions, and breakout sessions.

Exhibitors and resource providers will be in attendance to assist business owners navigate the entrepreneurial journey. Resource providers include Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Accounting Aid Society, and QT Business Solutions.

Keynoting the event is Legendary Jazz Vocalist Kimmie Horne, descendant of legendary songstress and actress Lena Horne. Horne will share her personal story along with strategies to help business owners maintain their competitive edge. The Kickoff speaker will be Rommel Vega, Founder of HOLO Footwear. Vega, a former shoe designer at Puma, will share how he is disrupting the fashion industry, his decision to move HOLO’s headquarters from Portland, Oregon, to Michigan, and the marketing strategies he used to start and build a multi-million-dollar company during a pandemic.

A panel discussion on, “How Do You Differentiate? Innovative Marketing Strategies to STAND OUT in a Crowded Market,” will be moderated by Michigan Women’s Commission Chair, Dr. Geneva Williams. Panelists include Jerome Brown Founder of Detroit Soul Restaurant, Erin Schnute Founder of Bed and Barkfast, Ray Moulden Owner of Allstate Moulden Agency, Tracey Sanders Founder of Lavender Mobile Spa, and Karyl Eckerle Founder of The Image Impact Group.

The 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient will be Monica Morgan, an international photojournalist with nearly four decades of experience. Her portfolio documents world leaders, icons and celebrities such as King CharlesMuhammad Ali, Oprah, Tony BennettSophia LorenMichael Jackson, seven U.S. Presidents, and over 50 heads of state.

The event is open to the public. For more information on registration and the full agenda visit