Black State

We are proud to present our 5th Annual Conscious Conversation: State of Black Entrepreneurship in the Midwest. EBB has gathered the foremost community leaders, subject matter experts and entrepreneurs to discuss the trends, forecast and the current state of black entrepreneurs in the midwest.



TUESDAY, MAY 10th, 2022 8AM – 2PMCST

  • Celebrity Emecee: Cedric O. Cobb, Entrepreneur, ABC SharkTank Winner, Season 10, St. Louis, MO
  • Guest Speaker: Philip Gaskin, VP of Entrepreneurship for Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO
  • Guest Speaker: Dr. Dell Gines, Lead Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank, Omaha, NE

Panelist and Presenters:

  • Tammy Buckner, WeCode
  • Crystal Everett, Kansas City Missouri Public Schools
  • Kim Randolph, Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce
  • India Wells-Carter, FreshFactoryKC
  • Christina Long, Create Campaign
  • Brandon Calloway, GIFT
  • Karis Harrington, GIFT
  • Jonathan Long, Tulsa Chamber of Commerce


  • 8:00AM – 8:30AM : Registration/Networking Breakfast
  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Guest Speaker: Philip Gaskins
  • Panel: ECOSYSTEM BUILDERS I: What’s Really Going On With Black Businesses
  • Guest Speaker: Dell Gines
  • Lunch
  • Panel: ECOSYSTEM BUILDERS II: What Really Needs To Happen With Black Businesses
  • 1:30PM – 2:00PM: Closing Remarks/Networking


  • This is an In Person event. Capacity is limited.
  • Registration is free and includes breakfast and lunch.
  • COVID 19 Vaccination Cards must be loaded into online platform 18 hours prior to event. No Exceptions at the door.
  • Click here to register online.