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Third Annual QC Black Business Expo & Summit Feb. 24

The QC Empowerment Network will close Black History Month with third annual QC Black Business Expo & Summit

What: Black Business Expo

When: Saturday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: The River Center, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, Iowa

Cost: Free
The media and general public are invited to the third annual Black Business Expo presented by The QC Empowerment Network. With this year’s theme of “Build It,” the Black Business Expo will showcase and celebrate local black-owned businesses and applicable entrepreneurial services and resources. In its third year, the Expo is the only event in the Quad Cities region that is designed to specifically highlight black-owned local businesses and showcase the rich diversity of the area’s small business community. Last year’s event included more than 50 vendors and hundreds of attendees.




This year, both the Summit and Expo are open to the public at no cost. The Summit portion of the event will include break-out sessions designed to assist current and future business owners with their entrepreneurial efforts. It also will include a key note address from Dr. Randal D. Pinkett, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners.

The Expo portion of the event is from 1-4 p.m. and also is open and free to the public. The Expo will spotlight the Quad Cities’ black business and entrepreneur community. In addition to dozens of vendors, the Expo also will include local small business resources and a youth entrepreneurship pitch competition in the style of the hit television show Shark Tank that will be judged by local business leaders.

What is QC About?
The QC Empowerment Network is a collaborative initiative created for and by black Quad Citizens to connect our community across all divides.




pinkett_headshot (high res)-updatedDr. Randal D. Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, author and scholar, and as a leading voice for his generation in business and technology. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of his fifth venture, BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar research, consulting, training, technology, and analytics firm headquartered in Newark, NJ.

Dr. Pinkett has received numerous awards for business and technology excellence including the Information Technology Senior Management Forum’s Beacon Award, the National Society of Black Engineers’ Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and the National Urban League’s Business Excellence Award. He has been featured on nationally televised programs such as The Today Show, Fox Business News, MSNBC, and CNN, and he has been recognized by USA TODAY newspaper as one of the top 20 scholars in the country. In 2009, he was named to New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine’s official shortlist as a potential running mate for Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey.

Dr. Pinkett is a highly sought-after speaker for various corporations, colleges and universities, government agencies and community organizations. He is the author of Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur’s Guide to Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business and No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash. His latest book, Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness, presents the strategies African Americans and other emerging majorities use to successfully navigate today’s rapidly changing professional landscape. Black Faces in White Places was named one of the “10 Best Books of 2010.” Based on the book’s “10 Game-Changing Strategies,” Dr. Pinkett has launched the “Campaign to Redefine the Game,” which represents a call to action for Americans to level the playing field in the 21st century workplace.




Dr. Pinkett is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), the Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA), and the Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF), as well as a member of the board of directors for the New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute (NJPPRI), the Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (NTEN) and the National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP). He is also a proud graduate of Leadership New Jersey and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Next Generation Leadership program.

Source: QC Online

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