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The next Revive Black Business Summit will be held Saturday, August 27th from 8:00 am to 10:30 am. It will be in-person and virtual.
We’ve had a great response with the first three summits with over 125 Black businesses, entrepreneurs and support organizations participating. Let’s keep building together!
The location for the in-person event will be the Revive Center. Breakfast and Networking will start at 8:00 am.
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Free Lead Testing in East Omaha
Lead is a naturally occurring metal that is often found in soil, paint produced before 1978, older pipes, toys and even food. When it enters the body, its effects can be toxic, causing neurological and developmental damage and effecting organs, such as the lungs and kidneys.
When it comes to lead, there is no safe level. Children are particularly susceptible to lead poisoning, as their bodies absorb higher concentrations of lead than adults. This can cause permanent damage to their cognitive and physical development.
- Due to historic lead air pollution deposits, the eastern part of Omaha is designated as an EPA Superfund site. Therefore, properties located in this site are eligible for free soil sampling and testing.
- If the concentration of lead in the soil exceeds the EPA’s threshold, the City will perform free remediation of the soil.
- Properties that meet these criteria are eligible for an assessment of the exterior for lead-based paint. If lead is found, a free paint stabilization will be done.
The City of Omaha has set up an easy-to-use website where Omaha residents can check to see if their property was tested for lead and remediated. Results from soil tests can also be found at the website: www.omahalead.org.
For more information about lead in Omaha and links to other programs available for residents to help keep their family safe from lead, go to www.gotlead.org or 402-731-3045.
Magic Johnson returning to Omaha Sept. 30th for 10th Annual African-American Leadership Conference
Published: Friday, September 2, 2022
Earvin “Magic” Johnson, five time NBA champion and one of the world’s leading business executives, entrepreneurs and philanthropists is returning to Omaha to keynote the Empowerment Network’s 10th Annual African-American Leadership Conference on Friday, September 30, 2022.
Tickets are now available at AALCOMAHA.com
“This is incredibly exciting for us,” said Willie Barney, CEO and founder of the Empowerment Network. “Magic’s visit in May was absolutely amazing. Many in attendance said it was one of the best speeches they’ve ever heard and I agree 100%,” said Barney.
“His message was extremely relevant and resonates will all ages…career advancement, leadership, teamwork, generational wealth, investing in our youth and community-building.”
“He has also proven that businesses can be highly successful in urban communities and he has demonstrated leadership in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion.”
Johnson has been a champion at every level. He is best known for his legendary performance on the basketball court. He and the Lakers transformed the NBA in the 80’s with a new style of basketball. The showtime Lakers dominated with one of the greatest lineups of all time.
Beyond the basketball court, Magic is still making headlines. As he puts it, Earvin is building a legacy through developing urban communities, business and sports team ownership and investments in advanced technology.
“After thinking and praying about who should be our speaker in September, ‘Run it Back’ was in my spirit. Bring Magic back to build on the themes from May and deliver a new message to help accelerate our progress over the next 10 years,” said Barney. “Our board president, Timothy Christian, reached out to Magic and his response was overwhelmingly positive as he loved his experience in Omaha.”
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Mr. Earvin “Magic” Johnson back in Omaha for the 10th Annual African-American Leadership Conference,” said Christian. “Mr. Johnson embodies everything we stand for at the Empowerment Network. He is a proven leader on and off the court and he cares deeply about helping African-Americans and the underserved across the country. We’re looking forward to the wisdom he will share during the conference.”
“In addition to the seasoned and emerging leaders from all sectors, we also want more of our high school and college students to hear the message and we will have specific sessions for them as well,” said Barney.
The African-American Leadership Conferences promises to be even bigger and better. In addition to Magic Johnson, the Network will feature four national keynote speakers, dozens of local leaders and experts.
National strategist and partners, Dr. Will Moreland – Using Your Gifts for Career Advancement and Creating Multiple Streams of Income; Suzan Hart – Rewriting Your Story to Live with Purpose; Dr. George Fraser – Building Strong Businesses to Create Jobs and Thriving Communities; and, Dr. Pamela Jolly – Using the Wealth Checklist to Build Legacy Wealth. They along with others will present from the main stage and host breakout sessions.
Local speakers will include: Veta Jeffrey, CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce; Jay Warren-Teamer, Director of Diversity and Inclusion – Blue Cross Blue Shield; Aaron Austin, Chief Human Resources Officer – CHI Health Center; Dr. Cheryl Logan, Superintendent of Omaha Public Schools; Raquel Henderson, Pathway Coordinator – Metropolitan Community College and dozens of others.
Plus, representatives from 10 regional and national cities looking to replicate the Empowerment Network collective approach will be in attendance.
The conference will also feature a full scale Revive Black Business Expo including dozens of Omaha’s Black business owners, innovators and entrepreneurs.
“As one of the original members of the Empowerment Network and a person committed to the success of our community, it has been amazing to see the progress we have made,” said John Ewing, Vice President of the Board. “I’m excited for the future of our great city and future collaborations with leaders like Earvin “Magic” Johnson that will help us continue this great transformation.”
Current major sponsors include:
American National Bank
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Get your tickets locked in today: www.aalcomaha.com
Black Business Summit highlights keys to raising funds and capital
Published: Tuesday, June 28, 2022
The June Revive Black Business Summit was very inspiring and informative.
60+ Black business owners, entrepreneurs and support organizations participated in the hybrid – in person and virtual event hosted by Willie and Yolanda Barney of Revive Omaha Magazine, Revive Black Business Network, Revive Center and Carver Legacy Center.
The monthly summits provide an opportunity to gain knowledge on important topics, meet specialists in each area, hear from business owners who excel in implementation, network with other entrepreneurs and get connected with resources and opportunities through the business exchange.
Building Multiple Businesses
Luper Akough, CEO of Clout Enterprises, provided insights on launching and scaling multiple businesses. His key points including building effective systems, understanding timing, investing in yourself, finding partners and hiring the right people were incredibly helpful.
Akough and his wife, Brittanie, are known as innovators and serial entrepreneurs with over 100 employees. Luper shared their goal of creating 450 new employees over the next five years.
Keys to Raising Capital
Timothy Christian, CEO of Night Fox Entertainment, shared his valuable experiences with raising capital for films and entertainment projects. Those in attendance appreciated the core elements that he outlined: Integrity, Intelligence, Passion, Partnerships, Idealism and Pragmatism, and Surrounding Yourself with the Right People including an Attorney and Accountant.
Christian has his corporate headquarters in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska and maintains an office in Los Angeles, California. His company’s sweet spot is raising capital for $10 million films.
Opportunities Created by the North Omaha Recovery Plan
State Senators Justin Wayne and Terrell McKinney provided an update on their work to gain approval of $330 million in state funds for North and South Omaha, Lincoln and other qualified census tracts in Nebraska to support entrepreneurship, business development and job creation.
They informed the group that most of the work for implementation will be conducted through the Department of Economic Development. They emphasized the need for businesses to be prepared for the opportunities and community engagement meetings are coming soon.
The Nebraska Department of Economic Development has created a page to stay updated on the opportunities with the North Omaha Recovery Plan. https://opportunity.nebraska.gov/programs/recovery/
Tax Increment Financing
Bridget Hadley, Economic Development Manager for City of Omaha, provided an overview of TIF and the process used to determine what projects might qualify. Participants have a greater understanding of how it works and ways that our businesses and real estate owners can get engaged and maximize this financial tool.
TIF can be used as leverage by developers to attracting additional funds and financing. Smaller and large development projects are eligible. Hadley is available to support large and small projects and encouraged the attendees to reach out to her.
Dr. Martin Williams, CEO of Martin Williams International and DreamBusiness, walked the group through the opportunities created by being open to equity investments. Entrepreneurs should consider what’s possible when teaming with others and allow investors to have a stake in our businesses. Williams also shared insights on having a buyout plan and selecting the right partners.
Williams and his wife, Lynnell, have helped dozens of businesses with scaling from self-employment to multi-million dollar enterprises. They hold real estate investments locally and internationally and partner with the Barney’s with the Carver Legacy Center.
Ernest White, 1st Vice President of American National Bank and Ambassador for Carver Legacy Center and Jim Reiff, Executive Director of Nebraska Enterprise Fund, shared practical and real examples of loans and resources available through the Carver Legacy Center and Nebraska Enterprise Fund.
The Carver in partnership with American National Bank has assisted 30+ businesses and another 25 are in the pipeline. Nebraska Enterprise Fund has made loans to hundreds of businesses in Omaha.
The most recent approval includes Roll-N-Sweetz, the new rolled ice cream shop which was opened by a 17 year old entrepreneur at 60th and Ames. Carver and Nebraska Enterprise Fund both supported the business financially.
The next Revive Black Business Summit will be held on Saturday, July 23rd and the topic will be Maximizing Technology to Grow Your Customer Base and Increase Profits. More information coming soon.
Black business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to become formal members of the Revive Black Business Network and experience the outstanding benefits associated with this group. Build your social, cultural and intellectual capital.
Willie and Yolanda encourage attendees to continue doing business with each other and supporting Black entrepreneurs. The Revive Black Business Guide features hundreds of Black-owned businesses in Omaha. Revive Black Business Guide
And, join the Carver Legacy Center movement. Go to Carver Legacy Center to open your account, apply for a loan, sign up to receive training or develop your plan for building wealth.