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  • Writer's pictureCarol Prewitt

Dayton Chapter NBMBAA and University of Dayton Host Successful Building a Resilient Business Event

Someone once said, “Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal is to thrive.”

The partnership between the University of Dayton (UD) School of Business Administration and the Dayton Chapter of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) continues to grow and develop. They hosted Building a Sustainable Business in the 21st Century event at The Hub Powered by PNC Bank September 18, 2023. The primary focus was on building a resilient business and creating sustainable entrepreneurs in the 21st century.

Trevor Collier, Dean and Professor of Economics, School of Business Administration provided a hearty welcome and shared highlights about the NBMBAA and UD partnership after which he introduced the Master of Ceremonies. The Master of Ceremonies was the illustrious Sharon Howard White, Premier Health Partners Director of Site Communications.

Comments were provided by Carol Prewitt, Director, Dayon Chapter NBMBAA Leaders of Tomorrow Program, on behalf of Barbara Sewart Bostick, president of the Dayton Chapter regarding the mission and purpose of the NBMBAA and benefits of the UD partnership. Dr. Eric F. Spina, president of the University of Dayton extended a warm welcome and the impact of the NBMBAA and UD partnership.

Guest speakers were Whitney Barkley, M.S., Director, Greater West Dayton Incubator and Ty Corbitt, Associate Director, Greater West Dayton Incubator. Guest panelists included Renee Cash – Mrs. Renee’s Catering, Zach Logan, Empower to Elevate, and Kia and Star – BDM Sisters Group Home, LLC. Ms. Barkley and Mr. Corbitt provide essential information about how to build a resilient business while creating sustainable entrepreneurs in the 21st century.

The information included an outline of critical steps to entrepreneurship, tangible steps to become a sustainable entrepreneur, how to build a resilient business, discovering the secrets to creating a profitable venture and gaining insights into the world of entrepreneurship. The panel of entrepreneurs shared their experiences about starting, growing, and sustaining their business. There was a question-and-answer period where attendees gained additional insight and encouragement.

Attendees received words of encouragement from Ms. Barkley and Mr. Corbitt to never give up on a dream, plan and prepare for success, make a positive impact in the communities served, and be an inspiration to others through entrepreneurial sustainable success powered by preparation and focus.

Creating sustainable entrepreneurs is a complex process that requires a combination of skills, knowledge, and resources. This event provided valuable information for individuals contemplating entrepreneurship or growing a business, and how to truly thrive as a sustainable business. For additional information about the Greater West Dayton Incubator access For additional information about the Dayton Chapter NBMBAA access

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