August is National Black Business Month.  In celebration, The Mosaic Group, in partnership with the Urban League of Broward County, will host the 7th Annual South Florida Black Economic Forum & Awards Reception, Friday, August 4, 2017 at the Urban League of Broward County located at 560 NW 27th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311. Networking and Lunch begins at 11:00 am, with panel discussions to begin at 2 pm and an awards reception beginning at 5:30 pm.

This year’s theme is “Cornerstones of Wealth” and will feature a Luncheon and screening of the film Generation One: The Search for Black Wealth, along with panel discussions covering the following topics:  Opportunities in South Florida’s Leading Growth Industries; Smart Investments: Creating Multi-Generational Wealth; and Reclaiming Our Communities Block by Block.  Five deserving community leaders and organizations will be recognized with the prestigious Vanguard Award for their leadership, dedication, and advocacy for black-owned businesses and black professionals in South Florida.

In addition, Mosaic Group will also launch – an online source for black owned businesses, events, and community resources. The online platform will promote businesses and events year-round and encourage the public to support the businesses.  As the website develops, additional features and information will be added including a blog.  “The Forum and were both created to empower and inform members of our community to take the necessary steps to grow and develop their enterprise, create wealth for their families and support black businesses throughout the region, says Ann Marie Sorrell, President & CEO, The Mosaic Group. We aim to foster growth and sustainability while reducing unemployment and bridging the wealth gap in South Florida”.

Attendees can register for The South Florida Black Economic Forum at  Registration for the full day (Lunch & Film Screening, Panel Discussions, and Awards Reception) is $50, Luncheon Only is $25, and the Panel Discussions and Reception is $25).  Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities are available.


  • Registration/Meet & Greet 11:00 am – 1130 am
  • Luncheon & Movie Screening- Generation One: In Search of Black Wealth 11:30 am –1:45 pm
  • Panel 1: Opportunities in South Florida’s Leading Growth Industries 2:00 pm –  3:00 pm
  • Panel 2: Smart Investments – Creating Generational Wealth 3:10 pm –   4:10 pm
  • Panel 3: Reclaiming Our Communities Block by Block 4:20 pm –  5:20 pm
  • Networking & Awards Reception


LUNCHEON & FILM SCREENING HOST/MODERATOR: Generation One, In Search of Black Wealth

Dr. Latasha Russell, Psychologist, Creator & Host of Drive-by Therapy

PANEL I: Opportunities in South Florida’s Growth Industries

Moderator:  Tony Lesesne, President & CEO, Lesesne Media Group & In-Focus Magazine

Thought Leaders:

  • Gordon Eric Knowles, President and CEO Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce
  • Ron Drew, Sr. Vice President Marketing and Communications, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance
  • Bruce Lewis, President, Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County

PANEL II: Smart Investments: Creating Multi-Generational Wealth

Moderator: Anthony Jackson, Partner, The Marome Agency

Thought Leaders:

  • Robert Owens, Investment Bank Officer, Wells Fargo
  • Chuck West, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley
  • Nia D. Johnson, Esq., Attorney/Estate Planner, Law Office of Nia D. Johnson
  • Frederick W. Mclendon, Owner, McLendon Investments Inc.
  • Karen Nichol Holloway, CLTC, Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual

PANEL III: Reclaiming Our Communities Block by Block

Moderator:         Ann Marie Sorrell, President & CEO, The Mosaic Group

Thought Leaders:

  • Clarence E. Woods, III, Executive Director, Southeast Overtown/Park West CRA
  • Annetta Jenkins, Director of Neighborhood Services, Rivera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency
  • Natasha Hampton, Assistant City Manager, City of Miramar
  • Kevin Morris, Real Estate Investor, Colliers International South Florida, LLC
  • Brian Boysaw, Attorney, Law Office of Bryan Boysaw & Associates, PA
  • Bryan Finnie, Vice President of Development, Housing Trust Group
  • Beethoven Francois, Owner, Kafe Hub


  • Felecia Hatcher, Black Tech Week
  • Jerome Hutchinson, ICABA
  • Beethoven Francois, Kafe Hub
  • Honorable Commissioner Keon Hardemon, City of Miami
  • Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (SEOPW CRA)

The South Florida Black Economic Forum is an annual initiative to connect, engage, and inform black business owners and professionals about opportunities, resources, and programs that will increase the number and scale of African/Caribbean-American owned businesses in South Florida. For further information about the South Florida Black Economic Forum, please contact The Mosaic Group at (561) 651‐9565 or via email, [email protected]

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