The 7th Annual Black Economic Forum will offer information and resources to help South Florida’s black business owners flourish.


Staff Report

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – August is National Black Business Month and The Mosaic Group, in partnership with the Urban League of Broward County, plan to start it off with style.

Together, they will host the 7th Annual South Florida Black Economic Forum & Awards Reception, Friday, August 4 at the Urban League of Broward County, located at 560 NW 27 Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. Networking and Lunch begins at 11 a.m., with panel discussions beginning at 2 p.m. and an awards reception beginning at 5:30 p.m.

This year’s theme is “Cornerstones of Wealth” and will feature a luncheon and screening of the film “Generation One: The Search for Black Wealth,” along with panel discussions covering the following topics: Opportunities in South Florida’s Leading Growth Industries; Smart Investments: Creating Multi-Generational Wealth; and Reclaiming Our Communities Block by Block.

Five deserving community leaders and organizations will be recognized with the prestigious Vanguard Award for their leadership, dedication and advocacy for blackowned businesses and black professionals in South Florida.

In addition, Mosaic Group will also launch – an online source for black-owned businesses, events and community resources. The online platform will promote businesses and events yearround and encourage the public to support the businesses. As the website develops, additional features and information will be added, including a blog.

“The forum and were both created to empower and inform members of our community to take the necessary steps to grow and develop their enterprise, create wealth for their families and support black businesses throughout the region,” said Ann Marie Sorrell, President and CEO of The Mosaic Group. “We aim to foster growth and sustainability while reducing unemployment and bridging the wealth gap in South Florida.”

Attendees can register for The South Florida Black Economic Forum at Registration for the full day (lunch, film screening, panel discussions and awards reception) is $50; luncheon only is $25, and the panel discussions and reception is $25). There are exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities available.

The South Florida Black Economic Forum is an annual initiative to connect, engage and inform black business owners and professionals about opportunities, resources and programs that will increase the number and scale of African/Caribbean-American owned businesses in South Florida.

For more information about the South Florida Black Economic Forum, contact The Mosaic Group at 561-651-9565 or email