Atlanta’s Mayor Kasim Reed and the White House, offer support to local entrepreneurs

On Friday,July 29th Tyler Perry will serve as a keynote speaker for the Atlanta Urban Entrepreneurship Forum, a day-long event sponsored by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the White House to create jobs and offer financial support to local entrepreneurs.

Perry, founder of Tyler Perry Studios, and Ofelia de la Valette, founder and owner of Dance 101, will serve as the keynote speakers. In addition to their speeches, according to organizers, the forum includes two panels and five roundtable sessions on topics such as “Better Together: Public, Private, and Not-for-Profit Partnerships for Entrepreneurs and Startups,” “Access To Capital: Investing in Urban Entrepreneurs,” “Cracking the Glass Ceiling: Women Entrepreneurs” and “Entrepreneurs in Entertainment.”

The event, which will be held at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, will include a live pitch competition hosted by 100 Urban Entrepreneurs, and the winner will receive $10,000 in startup financing and eight weeks of business mentoring.

In weeks ahead, according to administration officials, the White House Business Council and the White House Office of Public Engagement and the Domestic Policy Council are partnering with mayors to strengthen urban entrepreneurship.

Tomorrow’s event marks the third Urban Entrepreneurship Forum hosted by the White House and local leaders.Additional forums are planned for New York City (Aug. 1), Orlando (Aug. 3), Philadelphia (Aug.8) and Oakland (Aug. 11).

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