The “I Am An Entrepreneur” Small Business Conference brought together different generations of entrepreneurs
By Mikkyo McDaniel
(BALTIMORE – September 25, 2018) – A group of high schoolers, a part of the non-profit This is Our Dream Foundation who partnered with Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh to compete in the Teen Biz Challenge, were awarded the Joe Manns Black Wall Street Award from Bmorenews on Saturday at Morgan State University’s Earl G. Graves School of Business. The event, “I Am An Entrepreneur” Small Business Conference, was a joint production between the Entrepreneurial Development and Assistance Center headed by Omar Muhammad and www.bmorenews.com. This is the second such event this year.
Some of the schools represented were Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Frederick Douglass, and Western. These students had business ideas from the smoothie industry to personal care. However, these kids didn’t allow lack of support, relationships, friendships to ruin the outcome of their success. Co-founder and Director of the This is Our Dream Foundation Johnny Graham said, “The kids…”This is just the start of their journey of success, just the start…”
Being with them over the course of five weeks he has seen tremendous growth personally, intellectual and professionally within them. That was not all the jewels dropped on this past Saturday. Konan, radio personality for 92Q, spoke about not listening to the negativity of others but pursuing one’s dreams through and against all odds.
The event also featured some dynamic business owners and professionals, including Armentha “Mike” Cruise, Attorney Sahmra Stevenson, Attorney China Wilson, media personality Marsha Jews, Dr. Barney Wilson, Paul Taylor (Director of Small and Minority Business for the City of Baltimore) and entrepreneur Pierre Stewart.
Maxine Wise, a young lady who now attends Morgan State University and mother to entrepreneur Stephen Wise, was also recognized with a Joe Manns Black Wall Street Award. Mrs. Wise shared some “sage” advice with young people: Be careful who you date! She said that not everyone will support your dreams.