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Level Up Business Conference

Building the Economic Impact of Black Founders

Thursday, May 25, 2023 | 8am - 5pm
Columbus Convention Center

400 N. High St. | Columbus, OH 43215

The Level Up Business Conference welcomes businesses, leaders, and advocates from across the state of Ohio to rally behind the growth of black-owned businesses in the state and beyond.

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The Economic Impact of Black Businesses in Ohio

Presented by Dr. David Mahon, Executive Director, Alpaugh Family Economics Center at the University of Cincinnati

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Fireside Chat with Ohio's Newest Black-Owned Bank


A conversation with the executive team of Adelphi Bank, Ohio's only Black-owned Bank. Moderated by NBC4 Anchor, Matt Barnes.

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Moderator: Matt Barnes, NBC4

Conference Speakers

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Nicholas Bankston

 Councilmember, Columbus City Council, Chair of Small  & Minority Business Committee

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Monica Womack

Chief of the Minority Business Division at the Ohio Department of Development

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Kristi Tanner

Senior Managing Director, Economic Inclusion at JobsOhio


Sherri Hamilton

President & CEO at Ohio Black Expo

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Deonna Barnett

CEO & Managing Consultant at Aventi Enterprises

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Lorne Novick

Chief Services Officer at JumpStart

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LC Johnson

Founder & CEO of Zora's House

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Alicia Oddi

  Managing Director, Entrepreneur and Inclusion Programs at Rev1 Ventures

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Tyrone Martin

Community Relations Manager at Aventi Enterprises

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J. Averi Frost

Executive Director at Freedom Equity

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Tiffany Edwards

Founder of The State of Ohio Collective

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Dwayne Lee

SBA Underwriter at Telhio Credit Union

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Elio Harmon

Founder of 614Startups

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Dee Moultrie

Senior Consultant, Strategy & Planning at Aventi Enterprises

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Adam Troy

CEO at Troy Enterprises

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Perry Gregory

Senior Vice President for the National Center for Urban Solutions


8:00a - 9:00a | Registration & Breakfast

9:00a - 9:55a | Opening Session
Opening Remarks
The Economic Impact of Black-Owned Businesses in Ohio

10:00a - 10:45a | Breakout Sessions

Doing Business with the State of Ohio 

Transforming Your Business into a High-Growth Company

11:00a - 11:45a | Breakout Sessions

Doing Business with the State of Ohio 
Diving into Real Estate Development

12:00p - 1:15p | Lunch

Fireside Chat with Adelphi Bank
1:30p - 2:15p | Breakout Sessions
The Business Credit Conversation
Transforming Your Business into a High-Growth Company


2:30p - 3:30p | Closing Session
Black Business Initiatives Across the State of Ohio

3:30p - 5:00p | Cocktails & Networking Mixer

Event Sponsors

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Media Sponsor

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Community Partners

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