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The 6th Annual Triad Minority & Women's Business Expo returns August 23-24, 2019!!!

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J. Carlvena Foster


Carlvena is the Executive Director of the Carl Chavis YMCA in High Point, NC.   She is also a former member of the Guilford County Board of Education. Once a recipient of social services, Foster later worked for the county’s Department of Social Services and then served on the department’s board.  She has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Shaw University; a master’s in public administration from High Point University; and a certificate in child care administration from Guilford Technical Community College.

Art Gibel


Throughout his tenure as CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, Inc., Art Gibel has had a tremendous impact on the success of an organization that has been transforming donated items into employment and training programs for 90 years. His focus toward organizational excellence has helped his company of 1,100 employees almost double its revenue from $36.4 million in 2007 to $66.6 million in 2015.

Gibel joined Goodwill in 1996, where he served on the Board of Directors for eight years. He became president in 2005 and one year later was named CEO.  Since the recession of 2009, Gibel has led a restructuring of the organization’s mission services portfolio. He has has focused the organization’s mission on two key areas: assisting those disrupted by the economy to obtain training that enables them to compete for available jobs, and preparing youth with the education and life skills needed to effectively enter the modern workforce.

Yvonne Johnson


 Yvonne Johnson was the mayor of Greensboro, NC from 2007 until 2009.  She was previously a member of the Greensboro City Council for 14 years, beginning in 1993 and Mayor Pro-Tem for 6 years.  Johnson was the first African-American to serve as Greensboro's mayor.   She is the Executive Director of One Step Further, a non-profit United Way Agency in Greensboro that provides mediation and court alternative programs to Greensboro's Youth. 

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Dr. L’Tanya Joy Bailey



Dr. Bailey is in private practice in High Point, NC, having relocated to the Triad after serving as a fulltime Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 1985. She remains as adjunct faculty member at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is proud alum of The Winston-Salem State University and her DDS is from Meharry Medical College, School of Dentistry in Nashville, Tennessee. She also completed a MS degree in orthodontics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Mark Owens


 Mark is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Winston Salem Chamber of Commerce. Mark is best known for his vibrancy, his creativity, and his rich history of growing and developing home-grown businesses into national brands. 

Sharon Hightower



Sharon holds degrees from East Carolina University. She has served the Greensboro community as a advocate for education and healthcare equity. She is a member of the NAACP, Citizens for Economic and Environmental Justice, and National Forum for Black Administrators, She serves on the Gateway Advisory Board, President of College Forrest Neighborhood Association, Renaissance Community Co-Op Owner and East Market Merchant Association. Councilwoman Hightower has a passion for the growth and expansion of minority businesses. 

Dr. Robert “Bob” J. Brown



Dr. Brown is credited with starting and developing the US Minority Enterprise Program and initiating the US Government Black College Program through Executive Order by President Richard Nixon.  He is one of the most influential North Carolinians you’ve never heard of. He had a pretty humble start in High Point, where he was born and raised. He was among the city’s first African-American police officers in the 1950s. But he moved on quickly, first as a federal drug enforcement officer, and then as an adviser to some of the worlds most powerful people: Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Nixon, Nelson Mandela and John F. Kennedy, and that’s only part of the list. He is now the founder and CEO of B&C International, one of the oldest and most respected minority-owned business management consulting firms in the country. 


Kidz Biz Training Program

General Information


The Kidz Biz Training Program is a 6-week program that cultivates the entrepreneurial mindset in our future leaders and helps students launch their own businesses.

Through the program, students in grades 6-12 learn the skills and receive mentoring to help them turn their skills and interests into a profitable business idea!

Students will have the opportunity to….

● Generate business ideas using their passions and skills
● Learn the basics of business finances (costs, price, revenue, profit, budgeting, taxes)
● Learn how to effectively market and sell products and services
● Connect with and learn from successful entrepreneurs across the Triad area
● Write a basic business plan
● Create a video for submission to be considered as a finalist in The Next Kidz Biz Competition
● Register the business with the state of North Carolina
● Participate in the Triad Minority and Women’s Business Expo and sell their products and/or services to the public! 

For additional information please call our office at 336 448-4177

(25 students minimum) 


Community Business of the Month Application


Apply for the chance to be selected as the Community Business of the Month!!

 Each month, the  Winston-Salem Black Chamber of Commerce, the Chronicle, Small Business Center at Forsyth Tech, Triad Minority Business Expo, Winston-Salem Chapter of the NAACP and the Winston-Salem Urban League present the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County business of the month.  

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