Magazine article Black Enterprise

A New Venue for Seeking Capital

Magazine article Black Enterprise

A New Venue for Seeking Capital

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The EBF sets the pace for new economy companies

Judging by the attendance at the first annual Emerging Business Forum (EBF), held in Chantilly, Fairfax County, Virginia, from July 11-13, 2001, you may want to insert the conference into your PDA as an agenda item for business marketing and networking in year 2002.

The first-ever three-day conference aimed at helping African American and other minority technology-based businesses was a welcomed success for more than 400 eager attendees who wanted to gain exposure for their enterprises, press flesh with venture capitalists, and begin or renew relationships with potential purchasers of their products or services. The theme for the conference was "Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers."

James W. Dyke Jr., chairman of the EBF and a partner at the law firm of McGuireWoods L.L.P., in McLean, Virginia, said, "The forum exceeded our wildest expectations with respect to the number of attendees at the first annual conference. We accomplished our goals of building relationships between entrepreneurs and potential funding sources for their ventures and setting in place a post-forum process that will allow small-business owners the opportunity to have an advisor/advisee relationship with a large mentor firm."

Conference attendees had ample opportunity to build bridges and break barriers in the plenary sessions. "I left the forum with a wealth of information, tremendous networking opportunities, and new acquaintances to begin building relationships," says Gwen J. …

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