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March 26th: Revive Black Business Summit…Business Plans, Research, Insurance & Legal

We’re building capacity and momentum.  Let’s maximize resources and every opportunity available.

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The next Revive Black Business Summit will be held Saturday, March 26th from 8:00 am to 10:30 am. It will be in-person and virtual.

We’ve had a great response with the first two summits with over 100 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.  This month we will focus on Business Plans, Market Research, Insurance, Legal and Resources.  

We have four dynamic local speakers and we will be joined again by two of our national strategic partners, Tawanna Black and Dr. George Fraser.

Please use these links to learn more and register.

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Recap of the Revive Black Summit from February:


Here’s a recap of the first Summit.  Amazing!  Thank you to all presenters and attendees.

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Magic Johnson to keynote for Empowerment Network’s 15th Anniversary

Published:  Sunday, March 13, 2022

Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Hall of Fame basketball champion and one of the world’s leading business executives, entrepreneurs and philanthropists will keynote the Empowerment Network’s 15th Anniversary Rebuilding the Village Conference on Friday, May 20, 2022.

Tickets are now available at

“We couldn’t be more excited about the way it has worked out,” said Willie Barney, CEO and founder of the Empowerment Network.  “He was initially scheduled to speak in 2020, but to have him here as we celebrate 15 years and focus even more on community and economic development, entrepreneurship and wealth building, who better to have than Magic himself?”

Magic Johnson 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.

The historic rivalry between Magic and Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics elevated the game to new heights.  Television ratings skyrocketed and the NBA became a juggernaut.   Magic and Bird built the platform for basketball to become America’s top sport and paved the way for Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls to seal the deal.

Beyond the basketball court, Magic is still making headlines.  After retiring early because of an HIV diagnosis, Magic once again became Earvin.

As he puts it, Earvin is building a legacy through developing urban communities, business and sports team ownership and investments in advanced technology.

“We are thrilled to have Earvin “Magic” Johnson with us on May 20th for the Empowerment Network’s 15th Anniversary during the Rebuilding the Village Conference. Mr. Johnson has been at the forefront of urban development and has been instrumental in making urban communities better for the underserved throughout the country. His experience and insight will be invaluable to what we are building in Omaha and beyond.”

The Rebuilding the Village Conference promises to be the best ever.  In addition to Magic Johnson, the Network will feature two new keynote speakers and a host of national strategic partners.

Anna Barber is a national fund development consultant who has raised in excess of $100 million from donors for various projects including the African-American Museum in Washington, DC. Barber will share her wisdom and knowledge on raising funds to support your vision and mission.

Suzan Hart is an international leader in the areas of Health, Wealth and Entrepreneurship   She will help attendees to confirm their purpose, become their best selves physically and mentally and prepare for the next phase of their journey.

Dr. Pamela Jolly, Dr. George Fraser, Tawanna Black, Dr. Randal Pinkett, Sondra Samuels and other national strategic partners will also be in the house.

Plus, network with representatives from 10 regional and national cities looking to replicate the Empowerment Network collective approach.

The conference will also featured a full scale Revive Black Business Expo including dozens of Omaha’s Black business owners, innovators and entrepreneurs.  Collaborative partners organizations will also highlight their services as well.

Major sponsors include:

Weitz Family Foundation
CHI Health
ConAgra Brands

Union Pacific
American National Bank

Mutual of Omaha

Children’s Hospital
US Bank

Get your tickets locked in today.

Register for the Empowerment Network’s 15 Year Anniversary Rebuilding the Village Conference here.


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