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On the heels of the National Urban League Conference in STL and the third anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, we are reminded that the events in Ferguson on August 9, 2014 are not past tense, nor should they be. In the intervening years there have been a wide range of protests, activism, engagement and change movements – all trying to change the status quo. Ferguson 1000 is one way people have reacted locally to the need for economic equity for people of color in St. Louis. Likewise, the Blacks in Tech platform is a targeted effort to demystify, de-stygmatize and drive toward diversity, inclusion and equity in the St. Louis Tech scene.
Ricky M. Wilson, Director of Business Development for Ferguson 1000 and facilitator of Blacks in Tech joins us to talk about his move from inspirational thinking to inspirational doing. From a middle child of five and a serendipitous encounter with a self-made millionaire from his neighborhood to a successful military career and luxury car sales position, Ricky has traveled many roads. In the process his path crossed with Dr. Lance McCarthy and today he is helping to bring the Ferguson 1000 model to Baltimore and other cities. Together we reflect on how this effort is different from other economic empowerment initiatives and what it means to foster entrepreneurship in the Black community through role models, peers and shared lived experiences.
Startup Connection is the largest celebration of entrepreneurs in St. Louis, and the anchor event of Global Entrepreneurship Week. It’s the place to see what’s hot in the market and what companies we’ll be seeing in the news in the next year or two. Startup Connection gives St. Louis’ top startups the opportunity to present their companies to a packed house of entrepreneurs, investors, and other members of the innovation community. The event combines a startup showcase, resource fair, and is topped off with fast-paced pitch session.
NVSBE directly connects Veteran Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) with Procurement Decision Makers (PDMs) from the Department of Veterans Affairs, other federal agencies, state government, as well as large commercial firms with small business needs. NVBSE continues to prove as the most effective way to directly connect VOSBs with potential buyers in the federal and commercial marketplaces
Center for Emerging Technologies (CET) has received $50,000 in 2017 Small Business Incubator tax credits. Donations made by December 31, 2017 to support capital improvements to and maintenance of CET labs, equipment and facilities are eligible to receive tax credits in the amount of 50% of the contributions made to CET for these activities.
Any excess tax credits can be carried forward for up to 5 years and the taxpayer may sell credits for about $0.91 of their dollar value. The illustration below shows the estimated net cost of the donation after tax benefits are calculated. This can be a particularly beneficial program for those making gifts of appreciated stock. For more information please contact Rikki Henry at email@example.com.