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NBMBAA Kentucky Chapter – Jun 2017 Newsletter

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Leaders of Tomorrow® Barbeque Fundraiser2017-03-08 07.23.18

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The Kentucky Leaders of Tomorrow® Barbeque Fundraiser event proceeds will support student travel to the Leaders of Tomorrow® Summit, which will include the Leaders of Tomorrow® National Case Competition and other educational opportunities for high school students. Additionally, funds will be used for two student scholarships.


Diversity Business Launch Fest!

The Breakthrough Business Accelerator Bootcamp for minority and women owned businesses has started. This bootcamp is equipping diverse companies to break through the networking, funding and strategic barriers to success. The culminating event for this bootcamp will be a Launch Fest for the businesses participating. Bootcamp participants will gain mass exposure for their newly strategized breakout-company, by launching it before potential customers, potential funders, key stakeholders and the broader Louisville community. The Launch Fest is open to the community and will be held on June 22, 2017 @ 6pm. To RSVP contact, Monique Kuykendoll (
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Members Only Virtual Career Fair

Thursday @ 4pm/ET

Members Only: #VirtualCareerFair this Thursday, June 8 from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM/ET. Register now! Visit:


Prospanica Executive Connection 
@Humana on June 27th (6pm-8pm)

PROSPANICA Louisville, the Association of Hispanic Professionals, cordially invites you to the 2017 EXECUTIVE CONNECTION EVENT.

Connections, Professional Development, Scholarships, Community Involvement, and more!

Panelists: Gregory J. Meiman- Vice President-Human Resources at LG&E and KU, Alejandro Vela – Product Manager Built-In Refrigeration GE Appliances a Haier Company and Betty Dunham – CEO of Rauch, Inc.



National Conference

Power of Performance: 
Leadership at the Next Level
Successful leaders are visionaries who motivate with charisma, exercise grit, ignite passion and take calculated risks to achieve results. Effective leadership requires continuous self-evaluation and professional development to remain a peak performer who can harvest creativity in ways that positively impact the bottom line. Do you have what it takes to be a great leader?
The 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition presented by NBMBAA® & Prospanica® will feature:
  • Career Exposition
  • Professional Development Sessions
  • Certification Training
  • Interactive Plenaries
  • Town Hall Luncheon
  • Case Competitions
  • Award Ceremony
  • Higher Ed Expo
  • Hospitality Receptions
  • Entertainment


Happy Hour Fundraiser
Networking with Purpose

Please join us for another happy hour with an added bonus of giving back to the Kentucky Leaders of Tomorrow®. All purchases at the happy hour will include a 10% to 20% contribution to the Kentucky Leaders of Tomorrow® program and scholarship fund.
Happy Hour Dates:
Finn’s Southern Kitchen
July 13th @6pm
Mellow Mushroom
August 24th @6pm
Personal Branding Workshop
August 10th @6pm

Be on the look out for more details.

Moving the Mission Forward

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KY Leaders of TomorrowKentucky Leaders of Tomorrow® Showcase Their Talents

Thank you to those who were able to attend/support the 2nd Annual Leaders of Tomorrow® Case Competition this past Tuesday evening. If you were unable to attend, you missed an awesome treat. We had a total of 6 students split into 2 groups and present their strategic recommendations for Fitbit’s growth and sustainability over the next 5 years. Additionally, local judges from organizations like Fastenal, LG&E KU, and Humana provided expert questions and feedback for improvements. The students will use this feedback to make enhancements to the presentation for the LOT® National Case Competition next month. Also as part of the program, 3 students were presented with Kentucky Leaders of Tomorrow® scholarships for their college education.

We are so proud of these students, and are happy to announce that enough money was raised on Tuesday evening to cover the cost of the 3rd Annual Local Case Competition in May 2018. Thank you to everyone who contributed, especially the event sponsor Metro United Way and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement.

If you did not get a chance to attend, but would still like to be engaged with the students please consider making a donation via or attending the Kentucky Leaders of Tomorrow® BBQ Fundraiser on June 17th. Tickets for the barbeque can be purchased at

Thank you to everyone who made this event happen, and for helping the Kentucky Chapter make progress on our mission to increase the intellectual and economic wealth of African Americans in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


About National Black MBA Association – Kentucky Chapter

Established in 1970, the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) is dedicated to developing partnerships that result in the creation of intellectual and economic wealth for the black community. The NBMBAA vision is to be the premier business organization serving black professionals. The mission is to provide innovative programs to stimulate intellectual and economic growth for African Americans by building partnerships with key stakeholders who facilitate this growth. The National Black MBA Association – Louisville Chapter (dba National Black MBA Association – Kentucky Chapter) is an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization that brings the national vision and mission to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The Breakthrough Business Bootcamp

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Bootcamp 2017PRESS RELEASE

Date: April 27, 2017

The Breakthrough Business Bootcamp is an immersive, 5-week entrepreneurship program, where women and/or minority-owned companies will focus on customer engagement and strategic growth. The Bootcamp will take place at LouieLab on 745 E Main Street in Louisville, KY on Saturdays from May 20th through June 17th, 2017.

Bootcamp participants will have access to business mentors, branding/marketing consultants, legal experts, and financial planners. Utilizing Lean Startup practices, participants will access a network of experts to assist them with advanced market research and customer discovery. The Bootcamp will conclude with The Breakthrough Business Launch Fest on June 22nd, 6pm – 9pm. At this platform event, participants will debut their newly strategized companies to potential customers, funders, partners and the region at large.

The featured trainers for the Bootcamp are accomplished experts in entrepreneurship. Toni Sears, MBA is a Management Consultant for the Kentucky Small Business Development Center (KSBDC). She is a twice recipient of the Million Dollar Loan Club, a distinction honoring consultants who have assisted with more than $1 million in funding for their clients. Sears will coach participants to develop a profitable financial plan; she adds, “This program focuses on direct interaction with entrepreneurs, which I’ve found is most effective in understanding their needs and providing practical solutions.” Other Bootcamp trainers include Dr. Angelique Johnson of MEMStim LLC, Raechele Gray, MBA of Greater Works Design Studio, Martin Lindsey of Phunky Pixel Media, and Pastor Timothy Findley, Jr. of Life Development Corporation.

Program registration is $250 per person, and additional members of the same company may register at $100 per person. The program is limited to 20 participants and companies must be at least 51% women and/or minority owned, managed, and controlled. Please refer to the website for online registration and details:

The Breakthrough Business Bootcamp is supported by organizations that are passionate about stimulating economic development. These partners include Life Development Corporation, the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, LouieLab, MEMStim LLC, Greater Works Design Studio, Phunky Pixel Media, Heine Brothers’ Coffee and many individual supporters. Dr. Angelique Johnson, CEO/Founder of MEMStim, notes, “We have assembled a village of experienced business experts, service providers and leaders to support these breakout-companies with executable solutions and tangible building blocks.”

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the Diversity Pitch Fest, please reach out to:

The Diversity Pitch Fest is a grassroots economic development initiative designed to significantly increase the social, creative and financial capital of women and/or minority-owned enterprises. Programs include The Breakthrough Business Bootcamp, a seed funding competition and The Diversity Pitch Fest, a celebration of diverse entrepreneurship. For more information, please visit or e-mail


The Breakthrough Business Bootcamp: To propel woman-owned and minority-owned ventures into the global marketplace


The Breakthrough Business Bootcamp:




The Breakthrough Business Bootcamp is a collaboration between:

  • Life Development Corporation
  • The Kentucky Small Business Development Center
  • LouieLab
  • MEMStim, LLC
  • Greater Works Design Studio
  • Phunky Pixel Media
  • Heine Brothers’ Coffee
  • Regional innovators, non-profit organizations & local entrepreneurs


If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of The Breakthrough Business Bootcamp, please e-mail program organizers at for more information. You may also contribute electronically at


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