Attending the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference was inspiring and heart warming. It was great learning from the entrepreneurs at the workshop. I had many questions in regards to copyright, how to start a business, and if I was good enough to be a business owner. All those questions were answered when I attended the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference.
As an unemployed recent graduate with no business, I was nervous about attending the BE Conference. I thought I had nothing to offer, and no one would want to network with me. However, it was heart warming to meet so many entrepreneurs who were interested in assisting me to accomplish my goals.
|Selina and BOSS Founder Cameka Smith|
Everyone I met was down to earth, and interested in helping me start a learning center that provide educational mentoring and tutoring. I am very much a shy person, but I told myself that if I wanted to get the most out of the BE Conference I would have to step out of my comfort zone. I also told myself that I might never get an opportunity to go to a conference like this again.
I was able to attend the BE Conference after winning the elevator pitch competition at the I Am Woman Conference at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The Boss Network and the UIC CHANCE Program awarded me with a ticket to the BE Conference.
The final day of the BE Conference, I started bursting into tears at the award ceremony. For the first time in my life, I was confident that my dreams were attainable. From Wednesday through Friday, I received blessing after blessing. All I could say was thank you Jesus! Had I declined the invitation, I would have missed out on so many opportunities. I was so inspired that I planned on saving for next year’s BE Conference. I look forward to attending next year.
Selina Spencer is one of our Project BOSS mentees from the Chance Program at University of Illinois at Chicago. She attended the Black Enterprise Entrepreneur Conference in Chicago Illinois.