Education & Empowerment Summit at Tri-C - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Education & Empowerment Summit at Tri-C

Roughly 700 hundred people attended the weekend events. (Source: WOIO) Roughly 700 hundred people attended the weekend events. (Source: WOIO)
Jeff Johnson was the keynote speaker.  (Source: Shanice Dunning) Jeff Johnson was the keynote speaker. (Source: Shanice Dunning)
19 Action News Shanice Dunning introduced Jeff Johnson (Source: Shanice Dunning) 19 Action News Shanice Dunning introduced Jeff Johnson (Source: Shanice Dunning)
RICHMOND HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) -

On Saturday, August 15, 2015, The Real Black Friday brought an Education & Empowerment Summit to the Cuyahoga Community College eastern campus.

19 Action News Reporter Shanice Dunning introduced the keynote speaker, Jeff Johnson, an award-winning journalist and communications specialist.

Demetria "Meechie" Francis, owner of Headlines by DeFranco and POSH Collection, was Johnson's co-host during the TRBF event.

During the seminar, a panel discussed the inner workings of being an effective leader in the African American community.

Local entrepreneur Monica Green, owner of So Kinky, So Curly, So Straight, was the moderator of the group.

Topics covered for all attendees included general finances, personal & business taxes, credit building & home ownership and investments & insurance.

Business owners were privy to specific workshops on business plans & structure, the importance of customer service & retention, and marketing & branding.

On Friday afternoon, The Black Entrepreneur in a Growing Economy- Advocacy and Leadership Luncheon invited everyone to meet Mayor Frank Jackson.  Later that evening The Business Owner and Community Leaders Networking Mixer was held at a new E. 9th Street restaurant, the C'est La Vie Restaurant.  Those events would set the tone for the rest of the weekend.

"It's was a phenomenal day that showed unity and showed if we work together we can reach a common goal.  This event showed that you may think your small pieces don't matter, but they do.  I felt like it was a big family reunion with people sharing business cards and ideas," says Larese Purnell, creator of The Real Black Friday and CFO of The Word Church.

Purnell says that roughly 700 hundred people attended the weekend events.

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