2014 Eblast Flyer



August is National Black Business Month.  To celebrate National Black Business Month, The Mosaic Group, along with several business and community partners will host the 5th Annual South Florida State of the Black Business Forum & Networking Reception this Friday, August 22, 2014 at the Renaissance Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale (1230 South Pine Island Rd, Plantation, Florida).  The 2014 theme is “Partnering for Growth” and will feature 2 panels of experts sharing their insights and resources about the power of strategic partnerships and collaborations; mentor/protégé initiatives; growth industries including healthcare, technology, and tourism/hospitality; government contracting opportunities; and effective business growth strategies. The Forum will be followed by a Networking Reception & Expo. We are inviting the South Florida business community to attend and not miss out on valuable information, business opportunities, and networking with professionals from the Tri-County region.


The Mosaic Group will present Lia T. Gaines, Executive Director of Center for Enterprise Opportunity (CEO), Inc. with the prestigious Vanguard Award for her leadership, dedication, and advocacy for minority-owned businesses in South Florida. Ms. Gaines has supported the S. Florida State of the Black Business Forum since it began in 2010.


Entertainment will be provided throughout the day by Randy Corinthian of RC Music Group. The South Florida State of the Black Business Forum is made possible through the support of Edwards Wildman LLP, MCO Construction, South Florida Times, and Caribbean National Weekly.



Confirmed 2014 Panelists:

CEO Round-up – Strategies for Success

  • ​​Bruce Lewis, President, Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County
  • Salesia Smith-Gordon, Attorney, Law Offices of Salesia Smith-Gordon
  • Dave Miller Sr.,President & CEO, Miller3 Consulting Inc.
  • Annette Gray, CEO, Global Business Development Center
  • Brandon A. Okpalobi, CEO, Dibia Athletic Development​


Keep Your Eyes Open: Florida’s Top Growth Industries

  • The Honorable Priscilla Taylor, Mayor, Palm Beach County (Industries to watch in PBC)
  • Dicky Sykes, Director of Supplier Relations & Diversity, Broward College (Education)
  • Barron Channer, Real Estate Developer, BACH Real Estate (Real Estate)
  • Michael Hall, Co-Founder, Digital Grass Innovation & Technology Group (Technology)
  • Graylyn Swilley-Woods, Executive Director, Black Hospitality Initiative of Greater Miami (Hospitality)
  • Althea Pemsel, Purchasing Manager, City of Winter Park (Government)



EVENT AGENDA:             


2:00 PM – CEO Round-up – Strategies for Success

3:30 PM – Keep Your Eyes Open: Florida’s Top Growth Industries



Admission $20 in advance, $25 onsite & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 

For more information visit www.upscalebymosaic.com  or call 561.290.6739 or 561.531.4046



About National Black Business Month

National Black Business Month is an annual initiative to increase the number and scale of African/Caribbean‐American owned businesses in the United States and globally.  2014 marks the eleventh National Black Business Month, encouraging consumers and institutions to visit at least one black owned business on each of the 31 days of August.  There are 1.9 million African-American businesses, which encompasses seven percent of all U.S. companies.  NBBM was founded by Frederick E. Jordon and John William Templeton in 2004.

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