2022 Empowerment Business Conference

The AACCCF’s Empowerment Luncheon was designed to engage, enlighten, and empower attendees through a series of inspirational keynote speakers. Past speakers have included luminaries from professional sports, the arts, business, and government. This year we are hosting the AACCCF 3rd Annual Empowerment Business Conference presented by Wells Fargo. The conference builds upon the success of our previous annual business conferences.

The event will occur on Friday, August 19, 2022, at Full Sail University – Full Sail Live. Conference attendees will learn from respected community leaders and business professionals from various industries. The Empowerment Business Conference’s agenda is crafted to help big and small businesses take advantage of growth and development opportunities in Central Florida. Additionally, we will host panel discussions, workshop sessions, the Empowerment Luncheon, an in-person networking mixer, and a pitch competition with cash prizes. In addition, it is an excellent opportunity for attendees to mix and mingle with business leaders, corporate partners, and entrepreneurs.

Funds raised will be used to assist the Chamber’s mission of being the principal advocate in fostering economic success to African American owned businesses in the Central Florida community. Furthermore, proceeds will assist with workshops, seminars, and programs that are focused around our four pillars: Advocacy, Access to Capital, Contracts, and Entrepreneur Training and Development for its Chamber members.


Opening Remarks


State of Economy – Dr. Sean Snaith

Director, University of Central Florida’s Institute for Economic Forecasting

Moderated by Paul Z. Shelton, Jr., MSF

 Founder & Chief Investment Officer, Warwick Shore Advisors

Introduce AACCCF’s Accelerate Central Florida Program


Pitch Competition Sponsored by IKEA US Community Foundation


Empowerment Luncheon / Lunch 

 Monica May – Star 94.5 On-Air Personality

Dr. Laine Powell – Founder and Executive Director, Tech Sassy Girlz

Courtney Powell – President and Owner, ACEApplications, LLC


Entrepreneurship & Whole Person Leadership – Simon T. Bailey

Keynote speaker, Success coach, Author, Television host and Philanthropist

Workshop Session 

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Presenting Sponsor