Landrieu, Obama Business Forum Set For Wednesday In New Orleans
Written by  // Tuesday, 19 July 2011 10:35 //

New OrleansTomorrow, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, in partnership with the White House Business Council, Office of Public Engagement, and Domestic Policy Council will host an Urban Entrepreneurship Forum at Xavier University. The Forum will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Xavier University Center.

The forum in New Orleans, which will focus on providing tools to support job growth and foster economic success for local entrepreneurs, follows the first Urban Entrepreneurship Summit that was held at Rutgers Business School in Newark, NJ, in June. A similar event will be held in Atlanta, GA, with Mayor Kasim Reed on July 29.


Earlier this year, President Obama re-launched the White House Business Council, which focuses on gathering ideas from the private sector and working in close coordination to support the growth and success of American businesses and entrepreneurs.  

To focus on these initiatives to boost job growth in America’s cities, the White House Business Council, the White House Office of Public Engagement and the Domestic Policy Council are partnering with mayors for forums concentrated on ways to strengthen urban entrepreneurship.

The Forum will include keynote addresses and panel discussions by national experts on a variety of topics targeting small businesses and entrepreneurs.  The day will culminate in a Pitch Event presented by 100 Urban Entrepreneurs, a program dedicated to helping provide a meaningful, long-term economic boost to urban communities throughout the United States by supporting minority entrepreneurship at its earliest stages. Pre-selected Entrepreneurs will make the best case for their business in front of those attending the forum and a panel of judges, competing for $10,000 in startup financing and eight weeks of intensive business monitoring.

Featured speakers and panelists:

Arm-chair conversation:

 Keynote addresses:

  • John Hope Bryant, Operation Hope
  • Deborah Elam, General Electric
  • Calvin Mackie, Golden Leaf Energy & Channel Zero



9:00AM to 9:20AM

3rd Floor Ballroom


Opening Remarks


Dr. Norman Francis, Xavier University

Mayor Mitch Landrieu


9:20AM to 9:45AM

3rd Floor Ballroom



Armchair conversation with Mayor Mitch Landrieu & Michael Blake

9:45AM to 10:00AM

3rd Floor Ballroom


Keynote #1John Hope Bryant, Operation HOPE


10:15AM to 11:10AM

3rd Floor Ballroom


Panel #1 – Unleashing Ideas: Barriers and Challenges to Urban Entrepreneurs


Moderator:        Derek Douglas, White House


Marc Boucree, Capital One                  

Henry Coaxum, Coaxum Enterprises, Inc.                                                 Connie Evans, Association for Enterprise Opportunity                             

Rod Miller, New Orleans Business Alliance            


11:15AM to 12:10PM

3rd Floor Ballroom


Panel #2 – Investing in Urban Entrepreneurs: Creative Funding / Financing Urban Entrepreneurs


Moderator:        Tricia Kerney-Willis, U.S. Treasury


Phyllis Cassidy, Good Work Network                                                               

Reginald Harley, Small Business Administration                                      

Michael Hecht, GNO, Inc.

Alden McDonald, Liberty Bank & Trust

Myla Reese, Seedco Financial Services                                                           

Mel Robertson, ACCION Texas-Louisiana 


12:10PM to 12:55PM




12:55PM to 1:10PM

3rd Floor Ballroom


Keynote #2 – Deborah Elam, GE


1:10PM to 2:05PM

3rd Floor Ballroom


Panel #3 – Better Together: Public-Private Partnerships to Accelerate Urban Entrepreneurship and Startups


Moderator:        Kathleen Warner, Start Up America


Flozell Daniels, Jr., Foundation for Louisiana                               

Tim Reese, Forge Intellectual Capital                                          

Angelica Rivera, Colmex Construction LLC                               

Nolan Rollins, Urban League of Greater New Orleans                                

Jonathan Temple, Minority Business Development Agency     

Michelle Whetten, Enterprise Community Partners

Tim Williamson, The Idea Village


2:05PM to 2:55PM




Breakout 1: Developing an Urban Entrepreneurship Fund


Magnus Greaves, 100 Urban Entrepreneurs

Ralph Maurer, New Orleans Start Up Fund

Cleveland Spears, Cleveland Spears Consulting



Breakout 2: Generation Urban Entrepreneurship


Oliver Bell, Operation HOPE

Dwayne Bernal, Royal Engineering

William O. Jawando, U.S. Department of Education

Neel Sus, Susco Solutions & Touch Studios



Breakout 3: Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships to Increase Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises; Rethinking Government Rules, Policies, and Regulations


Ronnie Burns, BMG Enterprises

Jo Ann Lawrence, Small Business Administration

Jonathan Temple, Minority Business Development Agency

Kathleen Warner, Startup America Partnership 

Patrice Williams-Smith, New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce



Breakout 4: Creating an Evidence-Based Research Model for Growing Urban Enterprises


Allison Plyer, Greater New Orleans Community Data Center

Dr. Joe Ricks, Xavier University Division of Business


3:10PM to 3:30PM

3rd Floor Ballroom


Breakout Leaders Report Back


3:30PM to 4:20PM

3rd Floor Ballroom


100 Urban Entrepreneurs PITCH Event

Host: Shannon Lanier


Magnus Greaves, 100 Urban Entrepreneurs

Mark Quinn, Xavier University Institute of Entrepreneurship


4:20PM to 4:30PM

3rd Floor Ballroom


Keynote #3 – Calvin Mackie, Golden Leaf Energy & Channel Zero

4:30PM to 4:40PM

3rd Floor Ballroom





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