Dayton HRC


2018 Minority & Women

Entrepreneurs’ Conference


Please join The Greater Dayton Minority Business Assistance Center for a full day of business capacity building! At this conference you will gain information and actionable ideas to execute in your business immediately.

The conference focuses on building a good business foundation, relationship building, and finding opportunities in both private and government contracting. Financial institutions and technical assistance providers will be available to discuss your personal financial needs and business challenges, to include trends and opportunities for accessing capital.

Registration to this event includes breakfast, lunch, and access to all workshops and panels. If you cannot attend all sessions, review the workshop descriptions and choose those which best meet your interests and stage of business.

New this year, access to MWEC includes access to Techstars Startup Week Dayton, a five day celebration and new type of conference that builds momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship, led by entrepreneurs and hosted in entrepreneurial spaces. Information is available at

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 937-333-1002.


Conference workshops are based on two tracks, each designed to provide relevant information based on the stage of business.

Track 1: Emerging Track 2: Established
These workshops are designed for those considering the launch of a new business or existing businesses with less than a year in operation. Existing business looking for operational best practices, resources to expand, links to opportunities, and other actionable items to improve business success.
·        Business planning ·        Certification
·        Business Capital ·        Contracts
·        Business Assistance ·        Capability Statements


7:30am  |  Registration

On-site registration is allowed, but space is limited. We encourage you to register online today to secure your seat. On-site registration will be on a first come, first served basis. If we are at capacity, late registrants may be turned away.

Registration can be completed at the Steam Plant or the 444 Building.

8:00am – 8:50am  |  Insights Panel @ Startup Week

Location: Dayton Steam Plant 617 E. Third St, Dayton, Oh 45402

Insights for M/WBEs Panel sponsored in part by The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, Dayton SCORE, and the Dayton Metro Library (This panel is being held at the Techstars Startup Week Dayton)

Moderator: Dr. Karen Townsend – About My Sisters
Panelists: Regina Johnson – Ladybug Services
Kevin Clemons – Clem Corp
Dr. Shawon Gullette – Tricology Dayton’s Hair Loss Control Center
Albert Powell – CPM Enterprises
Jackie Gamblin – JYG Innovations

9:00am – 9:50am  |  Session 1
Location: The 444 Building, 444 E Second St, Dayton, Oh 45402
Track 1   Track 2
From Idea to Execution   Market Research that Won’t Break the Bank
Speakers: Kim Woodbury – Small Business Development Center (SBDC)   Speakers: Ann Riegle-Crichton – Dayton Metro Library

This workshop will introduce participants to the feasibility and business planning process to gain insight into the direction of the business and serve as a management tool to help develop and guide decision making, as well as to achieve success and sustainability.

Knowing as much as possible about the customers and market your business serves is critical to your small business success! You need to know what type of customers to target, where to find them, the size of the market for your product or service, and to identify your competition.

10:00am – 10:50am  |  Session 2
Location: The 444 Building, 444 E Second St, Dayton, Oh 45402
Track 1   Track 2
Legal & Tax Aspects of Operating a Small Business   DBE Certification and Doing Business with ODOT
Speakers: Josh Campbell – Bradstreet & Co, Inc.   Speakers: Lisa Washington– Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)
Learn the essential financial documents and records to maintain for accounting and tax preparation. Gain best practices for record retention, filing rules, and getting the most out of working with your accounting or tax professional. In this workshop, learn the basics of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise  (DBE) certification, ODOT supportive services, and how to find construction projects. This interactive discussion will also include an overview of SBE certification, SBE set-asides, and the advantages of being pre-qualified.

11:00am – 11:50am  |  Session 3
Location: Multiple Locations
Track 1

Location: The 444 Building, 444 E Second St, Dayton, Oh 45402

  Track 2

Location: Dayton Steam Plant 617 E. Third St, Dayton, Oh 45402

Quick & Affordable Website Development   Help! My Business Requires Me to do Math and other Bookkeeping Issues
Speakers: Lesley Baumann – Xandra Design, LLC.   Speakers: Emerald Sparks – Emerald Sparks Ltd
WordPress powers millions of blogs and websites. Learn how to create and publish posts and pages; customize your site with themes, widgets, and custom menus; and extend WordPress even further with plugins. Plus, learn how to get more readers with social media sharing and comments, and how to adjust the settings that keep your site safe and secure. Live your best life by learning how to set up systems to manage finances with minimum effort until you can outsource that non-money making task to someone more dedicated to the world of finances. Attendees will learn to identify common bookkeeping struggles, create systems to reduce bookkeeping struggles, and good bookkeeping strategies.

12:00pm-12:50pm  |  LUNCH
Location: Choose you adventure…
Co-Working @ 444   Food Trucks @ Startup Week
Co-work with your entrepreneurial peers, get answers from business counselors, or sign-up for upcoming, next level training programs offered by MBAC partners.

Location: The 444 Building, 444 E Second St, Dayton, Oh 45402

Network with Techstars Startup Week Dayton attendees and enjoy something new from local food trucks.

Location: Dayton Steam Plant 617 E. Third St, Dayton, Oh 45402

1:00pm – 1:50pm  |  Session 4
Location: The 444 Building, 444 E Second St, Dayton, Oh 45402
Track 1   Track 2
Accessing Capital for the Micro-enterprise   IAP- State of Ohio Business Opportunity
Speakers: Joel Bopp – Minster Bank   Speakers: Jenny Schneider – IAP Government Services Group, Inc.
Get straight talk on what it takes to get capital to start and operate your enterprise. Best practices in preparing for loan applications and building relationships with financial institutions. Uncover modern alternatives in capital. IAP, as the third party administrator for the State of Ohio, is seeking to recruit and pre-qualify firms for facility maintenance, repair, and minor construction projects. In this workshop, learn how to get notified of opportunities to work with the State through IAP, as well as the specific details related to their pre-qualification process.

2:00pm – 2:50pm  |  Session 5
Location: The 444 Building, 444 E Second St, Dayton, Oh 45402
Track 1   Track 2
Marketing Toolkit   InGenesis – State of Ohio Business Opportunity
Speakers: Frank “Buddy” Pitts – Beyond Superior Graphics   Speakers: Guy Patton – InGenesis, Inc.
Design your blueprint for success in crafting your message and delivering it to your ideal customer. Participants will learn best practices for developing a target market, developing a social media strategy, and promoting your brand on shoestring budget. InGenesis is responsible for overseeing the statewide delivery of all temporary non-IT staffing for state agencies. Representatives from InGenesis will be discuss opportunities, requirements and qualifications for providing professional services to the state of Ohio.

3:00pm -3:50pm  |  Session 6
Location: The 444 Building, 444 E Second St, Dayton, Oh 45402
Track 1   Track 2
Finding Your First Contract   Local Certification Opportunities & Training
Speakers: RoShawn Winburn – Dayton MBAC   Speakers: Chrisondra Goodwine – Dayton HRC
Gain insight into prospecting for new business with public and private buyers. Learn how to hunt for opportunities, create strategic relationships, and leverage local resources. Walk away with a few best practices for digging your well, before you’re thirsty! Want to do business with the City of Dayton? Already certified and want a better understanding of the bid process, policies that could affect your success, and common issues between primes and subs? This workshop will provide details to help you improve your bidding and achieve successful performance on local contracts.

4:00pm-4:50pm  |  Resource Fair @ Startup Week

Location: Dayton Steam Plant 617 E. Third St, Dayton, Oh 45402

The Techstars Startup Week Dayton Resource Fair is for anyone interested in connecting to an abundance of entrepreneurial resources for businesses at every level (I.e. startup, growth, mature, etc.). This event is for both aspiring or existing entrepreneurs, as well as individuals who consider themselves as entrepreneur enthusiasts (I.e. investors, professional services, etc.). You will be introduced to several Entrepreneur Support Organizations that provide programming, services, and events to help you start your business and/or move your existing business to the next level. Also, if you just want to be “In the Know” about what’s available, this event is perfect for you. Our goal is to:

  • Educate aspiring and existing entrepreneurs as they navigate the entrepreneurial journey
  • Grow entrepreneur capability and capacity within the city
  • Bridge the worlds of entrepreneurs seeking guidance and seasoned business professionals and support services
  • Increase access and awareness to entrepreneurial resources
  • Serve the community

Resource Providers who have confirmed:

  • ABLE (Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc.)
  • Dayton Tech Guide
  • Nucleus
  • The Entrepreneur Center
  • Business First
  • SBA
  • Startup Grind
  • Dayton Metro Library/Score
  • 937 Payroll
  • The Collaboratory
  • Downtown Dayton Partnership
  • UpDayton
  • The Victory Project

Location: Dayton Steam Plant at 617 E. Third St, Dayton, Oh 45402

5:30pm-8:00pm  |  Early Risers @ Startup Week

Location: Dayton Steam Plant 617 E. Third St, Dayton, Oh 45402

Early Risers showcases the best early-stage ideas in Dayton on a monthly basis! At Startup Week, we’re attaching a cash prize to the event.

Generate some buzz for your startup. Make some great business connections. And you may walk away with some more money to grow your business.

To apply, companies must be less than 4 years old, have less than $50,000 in revenue and investment, and have a connection to the Dayton region. Two startups, one innovation based and one traditional business will be awarded $6,000 in cash and prizes! Applications close on May 25th:

Be sure to attend this event as the audience will select one winner who will walk away with $1,000!

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