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One of the Atlanta Business League's core functions is informing its members of new business opportunities and trends. Seventeen years ago, the ABL created the Congress on the State of Black Business in Metro Atlanta to share business opportunities with its members.

During the Congress, we review key business opportunities in Atlanta. Our goal is to provide attendees with an understanding of these opportunities, access to representatives from various organizations, and information on funding, including debt-to-equity.

Agenda

April 11, 2024

Other Speakers

The Honorable Michael Thurmond (Congress Honorary Chair) (CEO of DeKalb County)

The Honorable Michael Thurmond (Congress Honorary Chair)

CEO of DeKalb County

Michael L. Thurmond won a 2016 landslide victory to become chief executive officer of DeKalb County, one of the most diverse counties in the Southeast...

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Tasha Allen (Vice President of Talent Management and Diversity at Georgia Chamber of Commerce)

Tasha Allen

Vice President of Talent Management and Diversity at Georgia Chamber of Commerce

Tasha Allen, the Vice President of Talent Management and Diversity for the Georgia Chamber ofCommerce, oversees the HR functions within the Chamber an...

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Leona Barr-Davenport (President & CEO of Atlanta Business Leaague)

Leona Barr-Davenport

President & CEO of Atlanta Business Leaague

Leona Barr–Davenport is president & CEO of the Atlanta Business League (ABL), Atlanta’s oldest minority business development and advocacy organization...

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Eddy Benoit (CEO of The Benoit Group)

Eddy Benoit

CEO of The Benoit Group

Eddy Benoit, Jr. CCIM, esteemed Founder and CEO of The Benoit Group and its affiliates - TBG Development Company, Dorchester Management II, Terre Advi...

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The Honorable Kirkland Carden (District 1 Commissioner at Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners)

The Honorable Kirkland Carden

District 1 Commissioner at Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners

Kirkland Carden, a former Duluth City Council member, was first elected to the District 1 seat of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners in 2020. ...

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Solomon Caviness (Commissioner, Department of Transportation at City of Atlanta (Retired))

Solomon Caviness

Commissioner, Department of Transportation at City of Atlanta (Retired)

Solomon Caviness brings over two decades of dedicated service in transportation, establishing himself as a leading authority in infrastructure develop...

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The Honorable Lisa Cupid (Chairwoman at Cobb County)

The Honorable Lisa Cupid

Chairwoman at Cobb County

Lisa Cupid is the Chairwoman of Cobb County's Board of Commissioners. She has served on the Cobb Board of Commissioners since 2013. Some of her accomp...

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Donna Ennis (Director, Diversity Engagement & Program Development of Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute)

Donna Ennis

Director, Diversity Engagement & Program Development of Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute

Donna M. Ennis, C.P.F provides leadership across all EI2 units to develop collaborative funding opportunities and provide support and services to ensu...

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Roosevelt Giles (President & CEO of EndPoint Ventures, LLC)

Roosevelt Giles

President & CEO of EndPoint Ventures, LLC

Roosevelt Giles has gained global recognition as an authority in Business Transformation and Digital Strategy. He brings over 30 years of experience i...

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The Honorable Carlotta Harrell (Chairwoman at Henry County Board of Commissioners)

The Honorable Carlotta Harrell

Chairwoman at Henry County Board of Commissioners

Carlotta Harrell was elected countywide in 2020 as Chairwoman of the Henry County Board of Commissioners. As a true public servant, Harrell grew up in...

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Doug Hooker (CEO of Connector Park Foundation)

Doug Hooker

CEO of Connector Park Foundation

Doug Hooker is CEO of the Connector Park Foundation, an initiative to build a park over a portion of the interstate, in the center of the city. Throug...

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Maria Houser (Director of Environmental Compliance at DeKalb County Georgia)

Maria Houser

Director of Environmental Compliance at DeKalb County Georgia

Maria Houser serves as the first Director of Environmental Compliance for DeKalb County Georgia as well as the Director of the Capital Improvement Pro...

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Shea Johnson (GA Field Office Director of HUD, Atlanta Regional Office)

Shea Johnson

GA Field Office Director of HUD, Atlanta Regional Office

Ms. Johnson is the Georgia Field Office Director for Housing and Urban Development in the Atlanta Regional Office. She leads key housing and community...

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Stacey J. Key (Chief Executive Officer and President at Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC))

Stacey J. Key

Chief Executive Officer and President at Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC)

Stacey Key is the Chief Executive Officer and president of the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC), Georgia’s leading authority on s...

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Kimberly A. King (Equal Employment Opportunity Director of Georgia Department of Transportation)

Kimberly A. King

Equal Employment Opportunity Director of Georgia Department of Transportation

Kimberly A. King is the Equal Employment Opportunity Director for the Georgia Department of Transportation.Since joining the department in December 20...

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Sarah-Elizabeth Langford Reed (Executive Director of Develop Fulton, The Development Authority of Fulton County)

Sarah-Elizabeth Langford Reed

Executive Director of Develop Fulton, The Development Authority of Fulton County

Sarah-Elizabeth Langford Reed is the Executive Director of Develop Fulton, the Development Authority of Fulton County. Develop Fulton has issued more ...

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Terri M. Lee (President & CEO of Atlanta Housing Authority)

Terri M. Lee

President & CEO of Atlanta Housing Authority

If home is where the heart is, Terri Lee has been working to open the southeast’s heart to people of all backgrounds and income levels for more than 2...

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The Honorable Osborn Nesbitt (Chairman at Rockdale County Board of Commissioners)

The Honorable Osborn Nesbitt

Chairman at Rockdale County Board of Commissioners

Chairman Osborn (Oz) Nesbitt, Sr. is a LEADER who is tangible, touchable, and approachable. He is someone Rockdale County’s citizens can count on and ...

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Valerie Nesbitt, C.P.M, CPSD, CCA (Director Supplier Inclusion and Sustainability of Norfolk Southern)

Valerie Nesbitt, C.P.M, CPSD, CCA

Director Supplier Inclusion and Sustainability of Norfolk Southern

Valerie Nesbitt is Director Supplier Inclusion & Sustainability for Norfolk Southern. She is responsible for ensuring that contracts issued by the com...

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Keith Parker (President & CEO of Goodwill of North Georgia)

Keith Parker

President & CEO of Goodwill of North Georgia

Keith T. Parker, a seasoned executive with a rich history of board service and CEO experience, is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of G...

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Eric Pinckney (Legacy Principal at Integral)

Eric Pinckney

Legacy Principal at Integral

Eric Pinckney is a legacy principal for the Integral Group, an Atlanta-based real estate development and investment management firm. Eric has been wit...

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Victoria Seals, Ed. D. (President at Atlanta Technical College)

Victoria Seals, Ed. D.

President at Atlanta Technical College

Dr. Victoria Seals is Atlanta Technical College's sixth president. Under her leadership, the College has launched several student success initiatives,...

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Julia Settles (Diversity Business Manager Transmission & Distribution, Atlanta at Burns & McDonnell)

Julia Settles

Diversity Business Manager Transmission & Distribution, Atlanta at Burns & McDonnell

Julia the Southeast Region Business Diversity Manager with two decades of experience in the electrical transmission and distribution industry, working...

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Rodney Strong (CEO of Griffin & Strong, PC)

Rodney Strong

CEO of Griffin & Strong, PC

Rodney K. Strong is the C.E.O. of Griffin & Strong, P.C., a law and public policy consulting firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. He is currently the proje...

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The Honorable Jeffrey E. Turner (Chairman at Clayton County Board of Commissioners)

The Honorable Jeffrey E. Turner

Chairman at Clayton County Board of Commissioners

Jeffrey E. Turner was elected by the voting constituency of Clayton County as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners in August 2012. He was inaugurate...

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Walter Vinson (Assistant General Manager of Business Diversity & Government Affairs at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport)

Walter Vinson

Assistant General Manager of Business Diversity & Government Affairs at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Walter Vinson is the Assistant General Manager of Business Diversity and Government Affairs. In this role, Walter manages the integration and inclusio...

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Pete Walker (President and CEO of Housing Authority of DeKalb County)

Pete Walker

President and CEO of Housing Authority of DeKalb County

E. P. "Pete" Walker, Jr. serves as President and CEO for Affiliated Resources Group. Mr. Walker was appointed Executive Director of the Housing Author...

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Ryan Wilson ((ABL Board Chair)  Co-Founder and CEO of The Gathering Spot)

Ryan Wilson

(ABL Board Chair) Co-Founder and CEO of The Gathering Spot

Ryan Wilson is the co-founder and CEO of The Gathering Spot, a private membership network that serves as a hub for collaboration, connections and expe...

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INTRODUCING OUR ABL CONGRESS SPEAKERS

ABL Member

Member Price
  • $90.-

Non-ABL Member

Public Price
  • $100.-

PRESENTING Sponsorship

Public Price

* Please refer to the "Documents" section to see complete sponsorship benefits *

  • $20,000

GOLD Sponsorship

Public Price

* Please refer to the "Documents" section to see complete sponsorship benefits *

  • $10,000

SILVER Sponsorship

Public Price

* Please refer to the "Documents" section to see complete sponsorship benefits *

  • $5,000

BRONZE Sponsorship

Public Price

* Please refer to the "Documents" section to see complete sponsorship benefits *

  • $2,500

INVESTOR Sponsorship

Public Price

* Please refer to the "Documents" section to see complete sponsorship benefits *

  • $1,000

PATRON Sponsorship

Public Price

* Please refer to the "Documents" section to see complete sponsorship benefits *

  • $750.-

EXHIBITOR Table

Public Price

* Please refer to the "Documents" section to see complete sponsorship benefits *

  • $750.-

CHAMPION Sponsorship

Public Price

* Please refer to the "Documents" section to see complete sponsorship benefits *

  • $500.-

SUPPORTER Sponsorship

Public Price

* Please refer to the "Documents" section to see complete sponsorship benefits *

  • $250.-

Sponsors and Partners

Venue

DeKalb Conference Center
495 North Indian Creek Drive
Clarkston, Georgia

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