Lexington Bluegrass Area Minority Business Expo


The Lexington Bluegrass Area Minority Business Expo is Friday, August 4th at the Lexington Convention Center.  Below is the event schedule


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7:00 a.m. Registration Opens

7:00 – 8:30 a.m. Exhibitor Move In and Set Up

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:40 a.m. Welcome: Marilyn Clark, Chair

Remarks by Cabinet of Economic Development

8:45 – 9:15 a.m. General Session: Maximizing Opportunity:

Success Happened, So What’s Next?

Panelists: Ray Daniels, LexiDan Foods, LLC; Holly Wiedemann, AU Associates, Inc.; Danette Wilder, SLI Contracting, LLC; Moderator: Sherelle Roberts-Pierre

9:15 – 9:30 a.m. Ribbon Cutting for Exhibitors

9:30 – 4:00 p.m. Business Resource Center Open

9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Exhibitor Booths Opens

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Morning Keynote Speaker: “Live in Your P.O.W.E.R.”

Sheri Riley, The Peace Activator

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Book Signing with Sheri Riley, Author of Exponential Living

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Networking Break/Visit Exhibitors

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions

Session 1: How to Attract, Engage and Retain Employees in the Workplace,

Presenter: Brian Simmons, Sr. H. R. Advisor, CMI Human Resources Consulting

Since the inception of business, success within any organization has primarily been a result of attracting, engaging and retaining the right people that possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to achieve the mission. Modern day employers, though, are faced with many challenges that can make recruitment and retention efforts seem like arduous tasks. Regardless of the era, industry or business, though, there are some tried and true factors, strategies and tips that will help you to Attract, Engage and Retain the best employees for your workplace. This session will highlight the current employment challenges faced by businesses while offering several relevant recruitment strategies and employee engagement tips that can be implemented within the organization.

Session 2: Future Business Trends

Presenter: Chelsea Ellis, Owner of Fail to Success; Co-Presenters: Samuel Ellis, Serial Entrepreneur and Bill Huston, Owner of Our Crowd Rocks, LLC

This workshop will discuss future business trends that will help you maximize your success and income. You will be able to learn more about how essential video, social media and online marketing and learn the importance of becoming an expert in your niche. This topic will be a panelist discussion with Chelsea hosting and fellow experts giving you knowledge on future trends that will maximize business growth.

Session 3: Keeping the Vision Alive (Youth Session) Presenter: Dewayne Smithers, Youth Speaker and Spoken Poet, Poetik Media

The average teenager spends 8 hours a day on Social Media. That’s 1200 hours a month, 120,000 hours a year. What if you used that time and learned how to start and run a business using Social Media? This session will show youth how to use social media to their advantage to become an Entrepreneur.

11:45 a.m. – Noon Luncheon Seating

Noon – 1:30 p.m. Luncheon / Awards / Keynote Speaker: Dr. Randal Pinkett, Founder, Chairman & CEO of BCT Partners and a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Book Signing with Dr. Randal Pinkett

1:30 – 4:00 p.m. Visit Exhibitor Booths

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Business Opportunity Exchange

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Special Session: Under Construction, Fayette County Public Schools Economic Inclusion Plan

This special session is exclusively for companies interested in the construction industry. Fayette County Public Schools Manager of Economic Development, Marilyn Clark and Ed Holmes, owner of EHI Consultants will present the FCPS Economic Inclusion Plan and new minority and women goals based on a goal setting study done by EHI Consulting. Myron Thompson, Senior Director of Operations and Support, and Bill Wallace, Director of Facilities Design and Construction for Fayette County Public Schools will review the district facility plan that outlines construction projects and renovations for the district for the next 4 years. The last FCPS district facility plan included over $300M in construction projects.

4:00 – 4:30 p.m. AECOM Hunt Construction’s Inclusion Plan for Lexington Convention Center Project

4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Business Networking Reception/Visit Exhibitors

Live Music, Food, Fun! Open to the Public