business-web.jpgPLANTATION — The fourth annual South Florida State of the Black Business Forum is set for Friday, Aug. 9, 1:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel, 1230 S. Pine Island Rd. in Plantation.

The event is open to the general public. Tickets are $20 in advance (Includes business listing in Directory), and $30 on day of the event. Call 561-290-6739 or register online at

Planned discussion topics include Access to Capital & Contracts Toolkit; Overcoming the barriers in obtaining capital; From Micro Loans to Venture Capital Funding; Navigating the Public & Private Procurement Process; Teaming, Joint Ventures and Strategic Collaborations.

Scheduled participants include Jonathan Cole, partner-in-charge, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP; Michael Carn, president, Metro Broward

Economic Development Corporation; Matt Haggman, program director, Knight Foundation; Pamela Stewart, executive director, Paragon Foundation; Lia Gaines, executive director, Center for Enterprise Opportunity; Felecia Hatcher, Chief Popsicle/Author, Feverish Ice Cream & Popsicles; Pamela Gibbs, director, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, U.S Securities and Exchange Commission; Adrianna Clark, director, U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization; Michelle Andrewin, director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, School District of Palm Beach County; Ann McNeill, president, MCO Construction and National Association of Black Women in Construction (NABWIC); Althea Pemsel, president, The ORSO Group, LLC; and Phillip Ford, procurement supervisor, Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority.
The event highlights National Black Business Month.