GMEN 25th Anniversary Conference 2022

September 26-30, 2022 | Atlanta, GA

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MDOs, Non-Profits, Small Businesses and Solopreneurs

GMEN 25th Anniversary Conference 2022 will present the past, present and future of GMEN growing businesses in the southeast region. Sessions during the conference will provide GMEN history, microenterprise development organization (MDO) and small business training, focus days on GMEN Women and RITES, as well as an anniversary gala. REGISTER TODAY!

GMEN25 - Past, Present and Future

The GMEN 25th Anniversary Conference will celebrate the organizations journey over 25 years, and the growth vision for the next 25 years.

Speakers

Allen Thomas, SBA; Michael Julian Bond, Atlanta City Council, Terri Denison, SBA, Gourav Pani, GoDaddy, Dr. Randal Pinkett, BCT Partners, Clyde Higgs, Atlanta Beltline, and more.

Virtual and In-Person

GMEN 25th Anniversary Celebration and Conference is in-person and virtual for MDOs, start-ups, small businesses and non-profits with a closing gala.

GMEN 25th ANNIVERSARY- September 26-30, 2022

We have an exception group of guest speakers for GMEN 25th Anniversary Conference, September 26-30, 2022. Register today!

#GMEN25 Speakers
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#GMEN25 Speakers

GMEN

Nyala Allen
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Nyala Allen

High Yield Realty

Nikki Arsenault
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Nikki Arsenault

GMEN

Shayla-Kinyon Bass-Briggs
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Shayla-Kinyon Bass-Briggs

GMEN

Sonya T. Bates
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Sonya T. Bates

GMEN

Melisa Beauchamp
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Melisa Beauchamp

Impact Accounting Partners

Michael Julian Bond
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Michael Julian Bond

Atlanta City Council

Sonia Booker
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Sonia Booker

GMEN

Ricky Brown
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Ricky Brown

Next Step Staffing

Charlton (Charlie) Cerbone
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Charlton (Charlie) Cerbone

Flowvine

Terri Denison
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Terri Denison

SBA

Pearl Fils-Aime Graham
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Pearl Fils-Aime Graham

A Lady Named Pearl

Nakita Hemingway
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Nakita Hemingway

GA House District 104 Candidate

Shenae Holmes
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Shenae Holmes

Independent Consultant

Clyde Higgs
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Clyde Higgs

Atlanta Beltline

N. Jean Hundley, PhD
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N. Jean Hundley, PhD

Boys2Men Home for Youth

Jeanie Hunter
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Jeanie Hunter

Synergy Development Partners

Anikka King
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Anikka King

LISC

Stephanie M Kirkland
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Stephanie M Kirkland

Identity Dynamics

Patricia Luna
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Patricia Luna

LISC

Rachel Manggrum
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Rachel Manggrum

Space By Wholistic Grace

Angela McTair
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Angela McTair

Harlem Zen

Gourav Pani
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Gourav Pani

GoDaddy

Katrina Taylor Parks
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Katrina Taylor Parks

Independent Consultant

Ray Pennie
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Ray Pennie

ACE

Sharon Perrin
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Sharon Perrin

Impact Accounting Partners

Sherrie Philon, Ed.S
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Sherrie Philon, Ed.S

Philmore Academy

Dr. Randal Pinkett
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Dr. Randal Pinkett

BCT Partners

Kiplyn Primus
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Kiplyn Primus

Primus Marketing Works

Cherdon Reynolds
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Cherdon Reynolds

She Prints IT

Cheryle Moses Reynolds
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Cheryle Moses Reynolds

Camrose Creative Services

Angela Riley
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Angela Riley

EDA

Janice Laws Robinson
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Janice Laws Robinson

J Laws Insurance

Dale Royal
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Dale Royal

LISC

Erik Scott
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Erik Scott

GMEN

Tamay Shannon
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Tamay Shannon

W2S Marketing

Adam Smith
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Adam Smith

GMEN

Michael Syphoe, Sr.
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Michael Syphoe, Sr.

Syphoe and Company

Jai Tee
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Jai Tee

Communication Services

Allen Thomas
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Allen Thomas

SBA

Angela Walton
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Angela Walton

GMEN

Natalie Williams
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Natalie Williams

NAW4

Elizabeth Wilson
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Elizabeth Wilson

GMEN, Executive Director

PROGRAM

GMEN 25th Anniversary Conference, September 26-30, 2022. Register today!

GMEN’s 25th Anniversary Conference Breakfast | Atlanta City Councilmember Michael Julian Bond, Speaker

Welcome to GMEN's 25th Anniversary Conference 2022 celebrating our past, present and future. We are kicking off GMEN25 with breakfast featuring Atlanta City Councilmember Michael Julian Bond as our keynote speaker.

30min

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

GMEN’s History and Initiatives: 1997 – 2022 | Elizabeth Williams, Executive Director, GMEN Board and Staff

Elizabeth Wilson, Executive Director, GMEN Board, Staff

25mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

GMEN Partner and Entrepreneur Spotlights | Shakirah DeMeisier, RICE NAV-GA Program Manager, Kimberly Lawson, Operation HOPE, and Brandon Simpson, SW GA United Empowerment Zone Small Business Development Specialist

GMEN Partner and Entrepreneur Spotlight with Shakirah DeMeisier, Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship NAV-GA Program Manager, Kimberly Lawson, Operation HOPE Financial Well-Being Counselor and Brandon Simpson, Southwest Georgia United Empowerment Zone Small Business Development Specialist.

15mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

GMEN25 Keynote Speaker – Allen Thomas, Administrator, Southeast Region, Small Business Administration (SBA)

GMEN25 Keynote Speaker - Allen Thomas, Regional Administrator, Southeast Region, Small Business Administration (SBA) | Lunch salads provided.

60mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

GMEN NAVGA Overview | Angela Walton, Hub Officer, SBA NAVGA

GMEN NAVGA Overview/Session

45mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

Closing the Racial Wealth Gap: Access to Capital with Ray Pennie, ACE and GMEN with the new Flex Fund

Closing the Racial Wealth Gap - a conversation with Ray Pennie, Chief of Business Advisory Services Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE) and GMEN representative with their new Flex Fund.

60mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

MDO 2022 Training Series

Opens with a GMEN spotlight video of an MDO that has worked with the organization for years. Training conducted by GMEN staff.

60mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

Technology Series

Technology Series

60mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

One-on-One Entrepreneur/Business Consultation – Appointment Only

Whether you have a question business funding, marketing for your business, or how to build your social media presence, you will have 30 minutes to talk with an expert by appointment. Register today.

60min

In-Person and Virtual

Beginner

GMEN Continental Breakfast

30mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

GMEN25 Videos

GMEN25 Congratulations Videos

10mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

Racial Economic Equity In Small Business Funding: A Playbook Developed by LISC | Anikka King, Economic Development Program Officer, LISC

Racial Economic Equity In Small Business Funding: A Playbook developed by LISC | Anikka King, Economic Development Program Officer, LISC

45mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

Anikka King

Anikka King has joined LISC Jacksonville as Economic Development Program Officer, returning to what she calls “home” after having recently lived in Jacksonville for more than 16 years. King will lead economic development initiatives for LISC Jacksonville with a strong focus on enhancing the local network of Financial Opportunity Centers (FOCs). As part of developing LISC’s strategic […]

ESG 101: What is Environmental, Social and Governance?

 ESG 101: What is Environmental, Social and Governance?

15mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

Why the Business of Voting is Everyone’s Business | Nakita Hemingway, Candidate for GA Agriculture Commissioner | National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day - Why the Business of Voting is Everyone’s Business 

60mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

How Does Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Impact Entrepreneurship? | Cheryle Renee Moses, President, Gwinnett County Black Chamber of Commerce, Katrina Mitchell, Chief Community Impact Officer, United Way of Atlanta

How Does Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Impact Entrepreneurship? A conversation with Cheryle Renee Moses, president of Gwinnett County Black Chamber of Commerce with moderator - Katrina Mitchell, Chief Community Impact Officer, United Way of Atlanta | Lunch provided.

30mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

Small Business Administration (SBA) Equity Initiative | Terri Denison, District Director, SBA

GMEN Session, Terri Denison, District Director, SBA - Small Business Administration (SBA) Equity Initiative

45mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

Microenterprise Development (MDO) Training Series

60min

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

Technology Series | Entrepreneurs and Free/Affordable Social Media Marketing Strategy

Technology Series - Entrepreneurs and Social Media Marketing Strategy

60mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

GMEN 2022 One-on-One Business Consultation

Whether you have a question business funding, marketing for your business, or how to build your social media presence, you will have 20 minutes to talk with an expert by appointment.

60mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

GMEN Women’s Conference 2022 | Celebrating the Leading Group of Entrepreneurs in the US | Hosted by Kiplyn Primus

Welcome to GMEN Women's Conference

600mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

GMEN Women’s 2022 Conference Welcome/Introductions | Sonya Toomer-Bates, GMEN Program Manager | Sonia Booker, GMEN Women Instructor, Elizabeth Wilson, GMEN Executive Director

30mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

Sponsors LISC | Patricia Luna, LISC Program Officer

10mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

GoDaddy and GMEN Women Press Conference – Media Only

30mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

GoDaddy Meet & Greet with Gourav Pani, President, GoDaddy US Independents – Invite Only

45mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

Identity and Wellness | Capacity Building for Success | Stephanie Kirkland, CEO and Founder, Identity Dynamics LLC Rachel Manggrum, OWNER, Space By Wholistic Grace Angela McTier, CEO and Founder, Harlem Zen

Identity and Wellness | Capacity Building for Success | Stephanie Kirkland, CEO and Founder, Identity Dynamics LLC Rachel Manggrum, OWNER, Space By Wholistic Grace Angela McTier, CEO and Founder, Harlem Zen

Entrepreneur SPOTLIGHT | Capacity Building for Success | Tonya Hicks, CEO, Power Solutions, Inc.

Entrepreneur SPOTLIGHT | Capacity Building for Success | Tonya Hicks, CEO, Power Solutions, Inc.

60mins

RICE

beginner

GMEN Women Keynote | Capacity Building for Success | Janice Laws Robinson

How to work hard for an idea, and even harder for a dream!

30mins

RICE

beginner

Women Entrepreneurs Spotlight

Women Entrepreneurs Spotlight Video

15mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

GMEN Women’s Luncheon with Keynote Speaker | Gourav Pani, President, GoDaddy US Independents

GMEN Women's Luncheon with Keynote Speaker | Gourav Pani, President, GoDaddy US Independents

60min

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

Scaling & Sustaining | Capacity Building for Success

Tamay Shannon .. CEO, W2SMarketing

Jeanie Hunter .. Principal, Synergy Development Partners, LLC

Natalie Williams .. CEO, NAW4 Integrated Business Solutions, LLC Angela Riley .. Economic Development Specialist - EDA

50mins

RICE

beginner

Then and Now | Capacity Building for Success

Learn how GMEN Women participants are leading the way for women and building a legacy. Moderator: Sonia Booker

Nyala Allen,. Owner, High Yield Realty Services, LLC & Associate Broker, KW

Cherdon Reynolds, CEO, She Prints IT

Charlita Nunn, CEO, Gold Rock Enterprise LLC

Pearl Fils-Aime Graham Founder,  Lady Named Pearl Leadership Academy

Tanjuria Willis, Founder, Atlanta Sustainable Fashion

RICE

beginner

TAP2GMEN TA Team | Capacity Building for Success

Closing gaps with tangible Solution through Technical Assistance Facilitator:  Sonya Toomer-Bates & Elizabeth Wilson  Introduce TAP2GMEN TA Team  Spotlight TA Businesses Anna Taylor - Cute Shuttle LLC  Mobile App, Thomas Andrews - Thomas Michael LLC  Video Commercial “My pleasure... and thank you so much for saying that, Sonya! Our team is incredibly grateful for your team’s organization in this process and the quality of work, Khadijah Baynes - The Beauty Industry LLC  Mobile App, David Walker - StarWalker Industries LLC .. Commercial .. Continued to work with TA after closing deliverable,  Jennifer Price - The Atlanta Beer Boutique Accounting & Mobile App, Fredrick Reitz - Safesky Accounting Services.

30mins

In-Person

Beginner

Business Development & Finance Training Series | Adam Smith, Natalie Williams, Melisa Beatcomp, Katrina Taylor Parks

Legal, Business Strategy, Accounting, Workforce/HR

60min

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

Technology Training Series | Jai Tee, Shenae Holmes, Avolian Bingham, Sonya Bate

Branding, Website, GoDaddy, IT

60min

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

GMEN Women’s Graduation & Spotlight

Facilitators:  Sonia Booker, Sonya Toomer-Bates,  Nikki Arsenault

120min

In-Person

Beginner

Reception Celebration – Grads and Alumni (Women ONLY)

120min

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

Re-entry from Incarceration through Entrepreneurship Services (RITES) Project Conference 2022

The Re-entry from Incarceration through Entrepreneurship Services (RITES) Project was developed to create tools, training sessions, roundtables and collaboration opportunities to assist Returning Citizens in starting and developing business enterprises.

390 mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

Continental Breakfast

60mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

RITES Introductions

10mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

Roundtable #1

50mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

Roundtable #2

45mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

RITES Lunch and Listen

60mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

RITES Sessions Introduction

10mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

ERAP Overview | Shayla-Kinyon Bass-Briggs

20mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

Opportunities for ReStart Graduates and Returning Citizens through NAV-GA

30mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

Trauma-Informed Care and Returning Citizens featuring Dr. Charlie Cerbone

60mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

TAP2GMEN Opportunities for ReStart Graduates and other Returning Citizens

15mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

Inspirational Video – Charlie’s Success Story

15mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

RITES 2022 Closing

15mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

Microenterprise Development (MDO) Training Series

MDO training - Day #1 of the series.

60mins

In-Person/Virtual

Beginner

Technology Training Series

60mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

GMEN 25th Anniversary Awards Gala 2022 | City of Atlanta Atrium | Hosted by Joyce Littel | Orchestra by McClendon Performing Arts Institute

 Join us at the City of Atlanta Atrium - Joyce Littel, host, music provided by McClendon Performing Arts Institute, awards, light appetizers, anniversary cupcakes, guest speakers, gift bags, giveaways, GMEN25 Memory Lane – photos, videos and reflections | Past and present founders, employees, board members and funders to attend. 

180mins

In-Person - Location TBA

Beginner

Continental Breakfast

15mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

Emerging Technologies: Entrepreneurs Digital and Financial Solutions for Tomorrow

Panel/Discussion: Emerging Technologies: Entrepreneurs Digital and Financial Solutions for Tomorrow

45mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

From Solopreneur to Employer | Panel | Sherrie Philon, Founder/Principal | Philmore Academy for Science and Arts

Panel/Discussion: From Solopreneur to Employer with Sherrie Philon, Founder/Principal | Philmore Academy for Science and Arts, Stone Mountain, Georgia and 

45mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

Sherrie Philon, Ed.S

Sherrie Philon, Ed.S has served in the field of education for over 23 years, as an educator, educational leader, and mentor. Her career began in elementary school but transitioned after 3 years into teaching middle grades Math for 8 years. Her passion for teaching Math prompted her to pursue her Master’s degree in Mathematics where […]

Power Luncheon – Powering Entrepreneurs in the Future | Clyde Higgs, President, Atlanta Beltline

Power Luncheon - Keynote Speaker – Powering Entrepreneurs in the Future - Clyde Higgs, President, Atlanta Beltline

90min

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

Owning the Building Your Business Is In and the Land it Sits On | Panel Discussion | Michael Syphoe, Principal, Michael Syphoe Consultants; Corey Brooks, CEO, BriteBubbles

To democratize capital for underserve entrepreneurs, success in the future must include unconventional partnerships and tactics.

45mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

The Next 25 Years: Emerging Technologies and the Future of GMEN – Moderated by Elizabeth Wilson

Panel/session on how emerging technologies are creating diverse opportunities for all businesses and organizations to push forward for the next 25 years.

60mins

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

GMEN: The Next 25 Years Dinner Celebration

GMEN VIP dinner, music, recognitions and the GMEN25 experience, past and present founders, employees, board members and funders invited

180min

In-Person - RICE

Beginner

REGISTER

Join us for the 25th Georgia Micro Enterprise Network (GMEN) anniversary celebrating building businesses in Georgia and the southeast region, September 26-30, 2022.

SPONSORS

We invite you to support GMEN as we celebrate 25 years of building businesses and preparing for the next 25!

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