8th Annual South Florida Black Economic Forum: The Road To Multi-Generational Wealth August 9, 2018 - Luncheon, Panels of Local Thought Leaders, and Awards Reception

Author  Tammy Martinez

Fort Lauderdale, – In celebration of the National Black Business Month, The Mosaic Group (www.mosaicgroup.co), in partnership with the Urban League of Broward County (www.ulbroward.org), will host the 8thAnnual South Florida Black Economic Forum (SFBEF) & Awards Reception on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at the Urban League of Broward County located at 560 NW 27th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale.

sflThe South Florida Black Economic Forum (SFBEF) is an annual initiative that connects, engages, and informs 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. The SFBEF’s goal is to empower community members to take the necessary steps to grow and develop their enterprise, create wealth for their families, support black businesses throughout the region, and foster growth and sustainability while reducing unemployment and bridging the wealth gap in South Florida.

The theme for this year’s forum is “The Road to Multi-Generational Wealth”. A diverse group of subject matter experts will discuss the topics of “Financial Literacy & Smart Investments”; “Opportunities in South Florida’s Leading Growth Industries;” “What’s Hot in Innovation & Technology”; and “Buy the Block: Real Estate Development & Investments”.  

“I am excited about the vast wealth of expertise that this year’s thought leaders will share with attendees that seek the creation of multigenerational wealth for themselves, their families and communities.  The road to wealth encompasses knowledge, ownership, opportunities, and strategic collaborations and the South Florida Black Economic Forums brings all of this together in one place, says Ann Marie Sorrell, president and CEO of The Mosaic Group. “Bridging the wealth gap and creating sustainable communities begins with individuals making smart financial decisions and investments and shared with others through empowerment events as this.”

This year’s Keynote address will be presented by Dr. E. Lance McCarthy – a nationally recognized faith-based economist and investment advisor. Dr. McCarthy is a leading expert in investments, finance, jobs, urban development, especially in the intersection of faith economic issues. Some of his extensive accomplishments include, co-founder of Ferguson 1000, which evolved to Global 1000 with a special emphasis on Black Tech; launching Reveal Global 1000 Consulting, an 8a Innovation Tech firm with emphasis on artificial intelligence (AI), drone development, cyber warfare and defense technology innovation; and delivering his ‘TED TALK’, “African Americans and Technology-Empowerment or Exclusion”, where he shared how leveraging the hidden talents of African Americans in the technology industry can help the economy. 


PANEL I: Financial Literacy & Smart Investments

Moderator:  Bryan Cunningham, Division Manager, ULBC Entrepreneurship Center

Thought Leaders:

  • Thais Sullivan, Regional CRA/Community Lending Officer, Valley National Bank
  • Ann McNeill, CEO, Constructively Speaking Inc./Better Investments

                        P   PANEL II: Opportunities in South Florida’s Growth Industries

Moderator:  Robert G. Beatty, Publisher, South Florida Times

Thought Leaders:

  • Eduardo Torres, Director, South Florida US Export Assistance Center
  • Beatrice Loussaint, President & CEO, Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Scheril Murray Powell, Cannapreneur/President, Canna Headhunters 

PANEL III: What’s Hot in Innovation & Technology
Moderator: Dexter Bridgeman, CEO & Founder, MIA Media Group, LLC
Thought Leaders:

  • Felecia Hatcher, Founder, Black Tech Week
  • Alan Bottorff, CEO, Teledactyl
  • LaToya Stirrup, Co-Founder, Digital Grass Innovation & Technology
  • LaTasha Stirrup, Co-Founder, Kazmaleje

PANEL IV: Buy the Block: Real Estate Developments & Investing
Moderator: Bobby R. Henry, Sr., Publisher, Westside Gazette
Thought Leaders:

  • Miguel Pilgram, Partner, The Pilgram Group
  • Frederick McLendon, Owner, McLendon Investments Inc
  • Bill Diggs, President, The Mourning Family Foundation
  • Don Patterson, President, Reva Development Corporation
  • Barron Channer, CEO, BACH Real Estate

Each year, the SFBEF recognizes a variety of deserving community leaders and organizations with the prestigious Vanguard Award for their leadership, dedication, and advocacy for black-owned businesses and black professionals in South Florida. This year’s honorees are:

  • Dexter Bridgeman, CEO & Founder, MIA Media Group, LLC
  • The Honorable Mack Bernard, Commissioner, Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners
  • Tina Teague, Tina Teague Insurance Agency, Inc. (State Farm Agent)
  • Jim Drake, President, McKinley Insurance Services
  • The Honorable Jeri Muoio, Mayor, City of West Palm Beach
  • Dr. Adam Ramsey, Owner & Optometrist, Iconic Eye Care


  • Registration/Networking                                                                                      9:00 am – 9:45 am
  • Forum Kick-off: Financial Literacy & Smart Investments                                     10:00 am – 11:15 am
  • Luncheon                                                                                                             11:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Forum Panel 1: Opportunities in South Florida’s Leading Growth Industries     12:45 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Forum Panel 2: What’s Hot in Innovation & Technology                                      2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Forum Panel 3: Buy the Block: Real Estate Developments & Investing              3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Networking & Awards Reception                                                                         5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Attendees can register at www.blackbusinessloop.com.  Full day registration is $50 (Luncheon, Panel Discussions, and Awards Reception); Luncheon Only is $25; and the Panel Discussions and Reception is $25.  Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are still available.

For more information about the South Florida Black Economic Forum, please contact The Mosaic Group at (561) 651‐9565 or via email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..