18th Annual Booker T. Washington Economic Development Summit
Start: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 @ 8:00 AM (CDT)
Tuskegee , Alabama 36088
Theme: Revitalizing Small Towns and Rural Communities through Entrepreneurship and Procurement Opportunities Conference Background: The Booker T. Washington Economic Summit will be held at Tuskegee University from September 25 through 27, 2013. It uses the historical and philosophical perspectives of Booker T. Washington to focus on present day changes and to promote entrepreneurship and procurement opportunities for economic development in small towns, the southern region, and rural America. As a conference, the objectives are: (1) Provide technical assistance for individual and organizations to become eligible for financing opportunities (2) Provide a forum and a source of funding that eligible individuals can access to launch and/or grow for-profit and not-for-profit business entities (3) Act as an aggregation point for entities in target industries seeking to improve their profitability through alliances, partnerships and/or cooperatives Conference participants are expected from the minority business sector, community-based organizations, government, HBCUs and other universities. They will convene to learn more about procurement and funding opportunities; examine best practices, programs and policies; and exhibit success stories and model business programs for new opportunities and growth in individual businesses, small towns and rural communities.