10 Things You’ll Learn During US Black Chambers 10th Annual Conference

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Don’t Miss USBC’s 10th Anniversary & National Business Conference! Early-Bird Tickets are Still Available for a Limited Time. Join us for 3 Power-Packed Days of Entrepreneurial Training and Chamber Development
Entrepreneurship is the key to building wealth in the Black community. Here’s 10 things you’ll learn during USBC’s National Business Conference:

  1. How to Scale a Business or Chamber
  2. Alternative Funding Solutions
  3. Building Internal Infrastructure
  4. Navigating Cannabis Business Opportunities
  5. Black Economics: Banking Black
  6. Business Pitching Skills
  7. How to Build a Brand
  8. Franchising 101
  9. Doing Business Internationally
  10. Productivity Hacks

Where Business Meets Policy 

We know that entrepreneurship is the key to building wealth in the Black community. The USBC National Conference is the only conference where Black business owners, African American Chambers of Commerce, and policy leaders come together to make power connections, policy suggestions, and discuss solutions to issues relevant to Black entrepreneurs. 

Conference attendees can expect to learn business insights, identify collaborations, and make power connections. Full conference registration grants you access to all receptions, plenary sessions, luncheons and the USBC’s 10th Anniversary Awards Banquet.


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  • 3 Conference Tracks: 1.) Chambers 2.) Business Owners 3.) Millennials

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 | 6p-8p

  • Riverview Marketplace & Welcome Reception


8:30am – 9:30am Chairman’s Welcome Breakfast and Chamber Leadership Academy Kickoff (Riverview AB)

9:30am – 10:30am Breakouts Sessions

  • Session #1a CHAMBER: Scaling for Success: Building Internal Infrastructure (Riverview 1)
  • Session #1b BUSINESS OWNERS: Opportunity Zones (Riverview 2)
  • Session #1c MILLENNIALS: Cannibus Related Workshop/Panel (Riverview 5)

10:45am – 11:45am Breakouts Sessions

  • Session #2a CHAMBER: Re-Thinking Access to Capital: Alternative Funding Solutions (Riverview 1)
  • Session #2b BUSINESS OWNERS: Banking While Black (Riverview 2)
  • Session #2c MILLENNIALS: Pitch Perfect 2019: How to create, relate, and maximize exposure (Riverview 5)

12:00pm – 2:00pm LUNCHEON: STATE OF USBC (Riverview AB)

2:30pm – 3:30pm Breakouts Sessions

  • Session #3a CHAMBER: The Value of Advisory Boards (Riverview 1)
  • Session #3b BUSINESS OWNERS: Franchising (Riverview 2)
  • Session #3c MILLENNIALS: How to build a strong brand on social media for the emerging and influential brands (Riverview 5)

2:45pm – 4:00pm MATCHMAKING (Selected Participants) – (Riverview 4)

3:45pm – 4:45pm PLENARY #1: (sponsored by Wells Fargo) (Riverview AB)

6:00pm – 8:00pm Chamber Leadership Academy Reception and USBC Marketplace sponsored by: Wells Fargo (Riverview 3)

8:00pm Explore National Harbor on your own (MGM after party)


9:00am – 10:30am PLENARY #2:

10:45am – 11:45am Breakouts Sessions

  • Session #4aCHAMBER: Fundraising/Grantwriting (Riverview 1)
  • Session #4b BUSINESS OWNERS: Art of the Deal “Mergers & Acquisitions” (Riverview 2)
  • Session #4c MILLENNIALS: Productivity Hacks and Secrets for modern marketers (Riverview 3)

12:00pm – 2:00pm LUNCHEON – (Sponsored by RAI) (Riverview AB)

  • Welcome Remarks

2:30pm – 3:30pm Breakouts Sessions

  • Session #5a CHAMBER: Becoming a CDFI, WAICF- Part 1 (Riverview 1)
  • Session #5b BUSINESS OWNERS: 5G- The New Trillion Dollar Opportunity (Riverview 2)
  • Session #5c MILLENNIALS: Why podcasting is the #1 fastest and easiest method for brand growth? (Riverview 3)

3:45pm – 4:45pm Breakouts Sessions

  • Session #6a CHAMBER: Becoming a CDFI, WAICF, Part 2 (Riverview 1)
  • Session #6b BUSINESS OWNERS: Business of the Beauty Industry (Riverview 2)
  • Session #6c MILLENNIALS: How we did it: a fireside with notable figure (Riverview 3)

5:00pm- 6:00pm PLENARY #3

  • Ronald Busby Jr. – The New USBC Directory

6:00pm Reception & USBC Marketplace sponsored by: Miller Coors (Riverview Pre-function & 3)

8:00pm Explore National Harbor on your own (MGM after party)


9:00am – 10:00am PLENARY #4: Doing Business Internationally (Riverview AB)

10:15am – 11:00am Chamber Leaders Closeout/Recap

  • Session #7 CHAMBER (Riverview 1)

11:30pm – 1:00pm LUNCHEON (Sponsored by Walmart)– (Riverview AB)

For Questions, Contact: info@usblackchambers.org with the subject line “USBC Conference“.

Apply to become a Marketplace Vendor by clicking here.

About USBC

The U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) provides committed, visionary leadership and advocacy in the realization of economic empowerment. Through the creation of resources and initiatives, we support African American Chambers of Commerce and business organizations in their work of developing and growing Black enterprises. Find out More

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