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The Reverend Hon. Clementa C. Pinckney Business Opportunities and Access to Financial Resources

This track will focus on a spectrum of business opportunities that can help vulnerable communities stimulate local development and strengthen their economic base. Participants will learn about the incentive programs and resources for new and traditional business opportunities and how they can be deployed.


Through peer-to-peer learning, participants will learn how to navigate managing the risks that are common for new businesses; how to access starter capital; and how businesses grow. .

Tuesday, October 25

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10:30 am - 12:30 am

Small Business and Entrepreneurial Resources to Help Our Communities Thrive  ◙ Live Streaming

This panel session is focused on providing ideas and incentives for community development through business and entrepreneurial resources, which are meant to help build capacity for the local and small business community. Each presenter will provide an understanding of what programs and resources are available (on both a federal and local level) to start and/or maintain a small business, non-profit or other locally based project, especially those that are located in vulnerable communities. Attendees will benefit from this training by gaining a better understanding of how to build capacity for their community through small business development.


Moderators: Paula Hoag and David Allen (EPA/OSBP)
Speakers: Alverta Lopez (Service Core of Retired Executives), Marium Eamen (Small Business Administration), Samira Cook (National Community Reinvestment Coalition)



2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Stepping Outside the Box: Exploring Alternative Business Models and Technical Resources to Sustain Community-Based Profit/Non-Profit Entities

Increasingly, governmental funding sources are drying up and competition for foundation grants are getting more intense; thus, organizations need to look to alternative revenue streams and technical opportunities. Understanding that many front line communities address and solve environmental issues in the framework of nonprofit entities, this session will explore alternative business models to sustain operations while sustaining organizational missions.  In addition, this session will cover the importance of non-financial technical resources and how such resources can be utilized to support and grow businesses.


Topics will range from (but not limited to) hybrid business /social entrepreneurship models to technical resources such as business mentorship.  Come learn from the experts that make funding decisions and offer technical resources while engaging in peer to peer learning as community leaders share how they are sustaining operations and revitalizing communities.

Moderator: Dr. Erica L. Holloman (Southeast CARE Coalition/Ayika Solutions, Inc.)

Speakers: Part 1 – Alternative Business Models and Technical Resources 101: Marilyn Waite (Village Capital), Tracey Woods (AABE) I Part 2 – This is How We Do It: Testimonies from The Frontlines on How to Utilize Alternative Models and Technical Resources to Support and Expand Your Business Entity: Rev. Leo M. Woodberry (Kingdom Living Temple/ New Alpha CDC), Darry Perkins (Brocoli City Festival)


Wednesday, October 26

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9:30 am - 11:00 am

Your Business Needs the Internet and the Internet Needs You

People every day are starting their businesses on the internet. This interactive session is an introduction to taking your ideas, brand and/or business to the internet. It will also cover how to use various websites and social media platforms to generate income. Presenters will share their own experiences and how they use the internet and social media to advertise their businesses and increase their clientele. Participants will be given the opportunity to use a creative process to generate business ideas and/or strengthen their current ideas. The presenters will give recommendations and participants will work together to match their ideas with various internet platforms.


Moderators: Colber Prosper (Prosper & Partners, LLC) and Al Weaver (2Bridge Community Development Exchange)

Speakers:Earl Coleman (Pearlio), Jason Townes (The Townes Group, LLC)

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11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Federal Financial Resources: What Can Work for Communities, Why and How

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This session will provide an overview of what’s available now, from a range of federal agencies, and what may be most suited to package into a community based project consistent with an equitable development strategy.

Over the course of 90 minutes, attendees will be given an introduction to key federal programs in three categories:

  1. Traditional community development programs
  2. Business-focused economic development programs
  3. Tax incentives

Participants will be encouraged to ask specific questions about program application and usefulness. Also, participants will be called on to share their experiences with federal resources – what’s worked, what hasn’t, and why.

Moderator and Speaker: Charlie Bartsch (EPA/OLEM)



12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Engaging Grants and Other Resources for Communities

An overview of financial resources available to vulnerable communities and their partners.  Audience will learn about federal and technical resources, loan opportunities, contracts, foundational grants, and fellowships from the government, philanthropic, and the private sector.  An engaging question and answer dialogue with audience is anticipated.

Additional opportunities with speakers for one on one conversations will be available in the ECO Café, by appointment during the Summit, or through post-Summit webinars.
Moderator:: Jacob Burney, EPA, EJ Grant Programs Coordinator

Speakers:  Patricia Glass, HHS,  Beth Toner, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation , Hannah Kett -Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, Rae Tamblyn, Research and Communications Analyst







Rev. Honorable Clementa C. Pinckney 1973 – 2015

Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney served as Democratic state senator for South Carolina’s 45th district, and he was the Senior Pastor for Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Pinckney was the youngest African-American state legislator in South Carolina history. After being elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1996 at the age of 23, Pinckney made the jump to the state senate in 2001, where he served for 14 years.
As a State Senator, he served on numerous committees, including on finance, banking and insurance, transportation, medical affairs, and corrections and penology. Senator Pinckney was a champion for the revitalization of underserved communities in Spartanburg, as well as renewable energy, in the South Carolina Senate.
To learn more about Clementa’s personal story visit:http://www.emanuelamechurch.org/revpinckney.php

on with her only son Khalil Everett Grenier Alston-Cobb, and in the Alston/Bannerman Fellowship Program (www.AlstonBannerman.org)