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NEW YORK, April 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Join BLACK ENTERPRISE at the 2017 Entrepreneurs Summit hosted by Nationwide on Wednesday, May 17 through Saturday, May 20, at the Marriott Marquis Houston in Houston, Texas, with a powerhouse lineup of some of the nation’s most accomplished and celebrated entrepreneurs and motivational speakers. Patti LaBelle; singer, author, actress, and entrepreneur will join Yolanda Adams; gospel singer, record producer, and radio personality, as keynote speakers at the 2017 Entrepreneurs Summit.

An annual highlight of the Summit is the presentation of the nation’s top awards for African American business achievement and community involvement. The Black Enterprise A.G. Gaston Award will be presented to MLB Hall OF Famer, Entrepreneur and humanitarian, Hank Aaron; and Corporate Champion Award to civil rights leader and attorney, Vernon Jordan, at the BE 100s Gala on Friday, May 19th. This awards recognizes the outstanding achievement of individuals who has had broad and positive impact on his or her industry as well as the community at large, while serving as a champion of entrepreneurship and business growth, employment opportunities, and wealth creation for African Americans.

The 2017 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit boasts high-powered sessions on critical business topics such as “Business Coaching: Crafting Your Game Plan,” “BE Talk: Innovation and Funding,” “Fundraising from Startup to Scale Up in the Tech Space,” “Spotting Trends and Opportunities in Tech,” and “Seizing Opportunities in Franchising,” just to name a few.

Confirmed speakers include:

Patti LaBelle, Founder, Patti Pies

Yolanda Adams, Owner, Yolanda Adams Coffee

Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston

Vernon Jordan, Attorney, Civil Rights Leader, Business Consultant

Charles Koch, Chairman & CEO, Koch Industries

Johnny C. Taylor Jr., President & CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Hank Aaron, MLB Hall of Famer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

Hill Harper, Author, Entrepreneur and Actor

Clyde Drexler, NBA Hall of Famer, Drexler Holdings L.L.C.

Kase Lawal, Chariman, CAMAC International Corp.; Vice Chariman, Unity National Bank

Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell, Windsor Village United Methodist Church

Brandon Andrews, Senior Consultant, Values Partnership; Casting, Shark Tank and Steve Harvey’s Funderdome

Bonin Bough, Host, Cleveland Hustles, CNBC

Charles King, Founder & CEO, MACRO

Lisa Ascolese, Founder, Inventing A to Z

Tye Caldwell, Co-Founder, ShearShare

Courtney Caldwell, Co-Founder, ShearShare

Donna Sims Wilson, President, Smith Graham & Co. Investment Advisors, L.P.

Hahna Alexander, CEO, SolePower L.L.C.

Jason Few, Investor, Energy Projects

Sulaiman ” Su” Sanni, Co-Founder & CEO, WeDidIt

Teri Williams, President & COO, OneUnited Bank

John Scroggins, President & CEO, Unity National Bank

Melinda Emerson, Author, Host, #SmallBizChat

Zakiya Larry, Author, Founder and CEO, Quest Media Training

Lamar Tyler, CEO, Tyler New Media; Creator

Gilbert Campbell, Co-Founder & CEO, Volt Energy

Ramon Ray, Entrepreneur, Author, CEO, Smart Hustle Magazine

Michael Elliot, Founder & CEO, Hammer and Nails Salon Group

Stephen Hightower, CEO, Hightowers Petroleum

Jonathan Sprinkles, Connection Coach, Author of Presentation Power

For the aspiring entrepreneur, Equity Date with an Angel offers practical advice on how to raise funding for your business. Plus, the Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Competition will award $10,000 for the best new business idea. The ABC Shark Tank Diversity Tour will also be holding an open casting call to identify entrepreneurs ready to pitch their ideas for an investment on the hit business reality show.

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