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Friday, September 28 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Are We Talking Teams? Moving from Startup to Scale-up

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The majority of businesses owned by women and people of color are sole proprietorships or partnerships with no paid employees. While teams are essential to move from startup to scale-up, challenges to accessing capital and concentration within low-revenue sectors can stall this progression. Join local entrepreneurs as they share best practices for forming teams, building (and leaving) partnerships, and acquiring competitors to propel growth.

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Deloris Wilson

Head of Strategy and Operations, Beacon DC

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Messay Derebe

Co-Founder and Co-CEO, goARTful
Messay Derebe is the co-Founder and Co-CEO of goARTful. goARTful is a first of its kind platform for the rental, sale, and exploration of art. While we are an art store which offers pieces for sale the core of our work is our rental service. Rentals on goARTful work like Rent the... Read More →
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Kimberly Moore

CEO and Co-Founder, Go Together, Inc
Kimberly Moore, CEO and Co-Founder of Go Together, Inc, is an entrepreneur completelypassionate about making an impact in the tech space by doing well and doing good. She's leveraging her experience as an sales executive in the federal wireless space and as an large event producer... Read More →
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Jaleel Reed

Program Manager, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness
Jaleel is an economic and workforce developer by profession, passionate about developing innovative ways to create and sustain employment opportunities for underserved communities. Jaleel is also an entrepreneur and co-owner of The Caged Bird - the only black owned bar/restaurant... Read More →
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Brandon Rule

President, Rule Enterprises
Brandon is a developer, entrepreneur, public speaker, philanthropist, and a change agent who at the age of 23 left his job as a banker to follow his passion. He then went on to launch Rule Enterprises, an investment firm which uses commercial real estate as its primary tool of investment... Read More →
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Ayanna Smith

Co-Founder, The Jackson Smith Group
Ayanna prefers “idea curator” over “serial entrepreneur.” A life-long visionary, Smith found her next "big idea" in the emerging escape room market, launching the first live escape game for children in the country. In both 2018 and 2017, Washington City Paper readers voted... Read More →

Friday September 28, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
National Union Building, 4 North 918 F Street, NW