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2018 Engagement and Inclusion Summit

For the second year, The Greensboro Community Development Fund, and presenting Sponsor Wells Fargo, are partnering to deliver this outstanding opportunity to the Piedmont Triad community.

The Engagement and Inclusion Summit (EIS 2018), is an opportunity for under-connected businesses to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation, key points of capital access, and how to engage their local community to maximize business potential.

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2:00 PM14:00

Minority and Women in Business Engagement and Inclusion Summit


Greensboro, NC – The Greensboro Community Development Fund is hosting the inaugural Minority and Women Business Engagement and Inclusion Summit with presenting sponsor Wells Fargo Bank, on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at the Gateway Research Park, located at 2907 E. Gate City Blvd., Greensboro, NC 27401.

The Minority and Women Business Engagement and Inclusion Summit is designed to create awareness and communication about the partner MWBE companies in our economic ecosystem. “Wealth building for small business is not just about awareness, but transactional relationships and that’s what we want to see in our community” said Wilson Lester, GCDF Executive Director. The Greensboro Community Development Fund has a mission to shift the paradigm for small and under-connected businesses. The Engagement and Inclusion Summit is a vehicle for all professionals that touch these businesses from finance to manufacturing, to grow and develop together.

“Wells Fargo’s support for the Engagement and Inclusions Summit connects directly with our vision and values in that we want to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially,” said Pete Callahan, Commercial relationship manager and market president for Wells Fargo. “We value and learn from the diversity of our team members, customers and communities. It offers us a competitive advantage and is part of what makes our company special. It’s about building lifelong relationships, one customer at a time.”

During National Minority Economic Development Week, we will gather experts on Finance, Policy, and Federal Contracts, for a panel that will open the afternoon, leading directly into a keynote presentation. The day will conclude with a second panel of mavens in DiversityEntrepreneurship, and Innovation,followed by a reception on site.


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GCDF Access Networking Fall Kick-Off
6:00 PM18:00

GCDF Access Networking Fall Kick-Off


We have moved our talents to Downtown Greensboro and will be at the one and only

Cheesecakes by Alex for our September Edition of GCDF ACCESS NETWORKING.

Meet us from 6-8 pm at 315 S. Elm Street, Greensboro NC 27401 as we celebrate the success of the Greensboro Community Development Fund over the first half of 2017 and we bring in some great exhibitors. Plus we are hosting Business Card Bingo and you can win Free Microsoft 365, plus a host of other gifts. And if that is not enough, get there early for the Complimentary Sweet Treats that will give you a taste of Cheesecakes by Alex!

And this high energy event is hosted by NC's #1 Small Business Facilitator Lady Bizness! We will be taking photos, doing testimonials and having a great time getting to know our neighbors, nonprofits, small businesses, students, and community leaders! Make sure you join us. Register now www.GCDFSEPT.eventbrite.com.


An evening information exchange with an educational component, coupled with curated communal networking for the movers and shakers in the Triad.

Access is defined as the freedom or ability to obtain or make use of something. The Access Networking Series is here to provide tangible learning, connections, and economic development to new and existing businesses in the Piedmont Triad area. Our goal is to coalesce resource partners, consultants, for profit and nonprofit organizations in the Triad.

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