Start time End time Scheduled Event
8:00 AM 8:30 AM Login
8:30 AM 8:40 AM Welcome
Opening remarks from the Mayor, Presenting Sponsor 5/3 Bank, and the MBE Co-Chairs
8:45 AM 9:45 AM What it Takes: A Real Conversation (Founders Startup Panel)
Learn about these unique entrepreneurial journeys–from idea creation to building scalable companies, and the opportunities and challenges along the way.
8:45 AM 6:00 PM Government Market for Business Expansion
This session is available throughout the day, starting at 8:45 AM and will help you understand why it is so important to consider government contracting as a growth potential for your business.
8:45 AM 6:00 PM Going Back to Work in A Period of Escalating Racial Tensions and Other Limiting Practices
This session is available throughout the day, starting at 8:45am and will discuss 21st century practices that can limit change in a pandemic world with self-scoring racial identify development and diversity awareness surveys.
8:45 AM 6:00 PM Equal Employment Opportunity Laws in Kentucky
This session is available throughout the day, starting at 8:45am. You will learn how to comply with equal employment opportunity laws in Kentucky to prevent unlawful discrimination in the workplace.
9:45 AM 10:45 AM Grow Your Business – Leverage SBA Loan Products
This session will give you a detailed overview of SBA loan products, what the eligibility requirements are and the allowable uses for the funds.
10:45 AM 11:45 AM 2021-2022 Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Disparity Study
This session will inform you about the 2021-22 LFUCG disparity study, including the goals and purpose of the study and how to participate.
11:45 AM 12:15 PM Networking / Lunch Break
Use this opportunity to network with fellow participants visit exhibitor booths, and grab some lunch.
12:15 PM 12:45 PM

Expo Keynote Speaker, Stephen Hightower

12:45 PM 1:00 PM Announcements
Give-a-ways, Thank Sponsors
1:00 PM 2:00 PM Don’t Let ZOOM Get Away From You
This session will provide you with the tools to keep your audience engaged during virtual meetings and presentations by giving you tips and tricks to avoid tech problems, and boredom which may lead to disconnection and ZOOM fatigue.
1:00 PM 2:00 PM Upskilling Your Workforce: Resources to Impact Attraction, Retention and Productivity
This session will review how KCTCS Workforce Solutions, the KY Career Center and the KY Cabinet of Economic Development can work with employers to develop customized portfolios of talent-focused initiatives.
2:00 PM 3:00 PM Black Faith Leaders Minority Business Call to Action
This session will prepare to take advantage of developing opportunities to do business with UK, LFUCG, FCPS and major private sector entities in the Central KY region.
3:00 PM 3:15 PM Networking
Use this opportunity to network with fellow participants and visit exhibitor booths.
3:15 PM 4:00 PM GrowInLex
The GrowInLeX software platform can assist businesses in entering new markets, developing joint venture partnerships that can increase their access to capital, connect with buyers, access suppliers worldwide, and create an opportunity for small, minority and women-owned businesses to create economies of scale through group purchasing.
3:15 PM 3:45 PM Standard Operating Procedures for Company Stability and Growth
This session will help you think about your current systems and processes, and show you how to create a plan for documenting them.
3:15 PM 4:00 PM Is This Thing On: Super Simple Guide to Plan, Launch, and Scale Your Podcast to Elevate Your Brand
In this session, we will explore the many benefits of podcasting for personal and professional brands, as well as discuss practical, easy-to-implement ways to do so.
3:15 PM 4:00 PM Turning No’s into Notoriety
Learn and examine the path of Black Soil KY through the experience and obstacles over the past 4 years of Kentucky’s premier agritourism company with a mission of reconnecting Black Kentuckians to their heritage and legacy in agriculture.  Explore how rejection, barriers to success can be used as momentum to gain greater market share and community impact.
4:00 PM 4:30 PM Expo Closing Remarks

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