Executive Economic Summit Series

May 7, 2018
Detroit, Michigan

The Executive Economic Summit Series is part of the CBCF’s Center for Policy Analysis and Research initiative designed to advance policies and investments to improve access to lending funds, grow jobs and nurture innovative minority business development.

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Executive Economic Summit VI

The CBCF's sixth Executive Economic Summit (EES VI) "Detroit, A Tale of Two Cities: Overcoming the Challenges of the Past, Present and Future for Black Businesses," travels to Detroit, Michigan in May 2018. The sixth in a series of summits promoting minority access to capital - in the aftermath of Detroit’s 2013 bankruptcy - this summit aims to raise awareness, inform policy, and provide examples of economic recovery and business solutions for black businesses and black communities.

The Executive Economic Summit VI
Monday, May 7, 2018 | 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

The EES VI Detroit represents a unique opportunity to address employment and black business growth despite post-recession recovery efforts and Detroit's subsequent 2013 bankruptcy filing. The summit will address federal and local policies and initiatives aimed at encouraging investment and revitalization in Detroit, and the specific challenges preventing black businesses and communities from access to capital, home ownership and neighborhood reinvestment. The summit will discuss a range of socioeconomic issues including the Flint Water crisis, poverty and crime, and the importance of ensuring necessary measures are taken that promote a healthy and vibrant Detroit open for business in which its Black residents can benefit.

Discussion topics will include:

  • Understanding the Decline of Detroit and How to Be at the Frontline of Recovery.
  • The Role of Philanthropy in Detroit
  • Navigating the "Two Detroits": How Black Businesses Operate in the Wake of Gentrification
  • Finding the Pathway for Successful Homeownership and Access to Capital for African Americans

Individuals interested in learning more about the CBCF Executive Economic Summit series should submit an application online. Each application will be considered within the context of the overall balance of Summit attendees with respect to the industry/source market and participant type, such as investor and/or economic empowerment organization. As space is limited, we may not be able to accommodate all requests.

Please note: Invitations to the Summit are non-transferable. CBCF maintains this ideal event size to foster engaging discussions and networking focused around this unique interactive segment.


There are numerous ways to support the CBCF and our Executive Economic Summit Series. For more information on becoming a sponsor, please contact RD@cbcfinc.org and a member of the Resource Development team will be in touch with you in two to three business days.

Check back soon for our sponsorship guide.

Building a legacy of economic empowerment success

This high profile invitation-only Summit provides unprecedented access to some of the nation’s most compelling business and marketplace thought leaders, CEOs, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, investment groups, financial professionals and policy makers. It will be attended by those with a desire to learn better strategies for capital expansion, including how to seek large-scale investments in minority-owned businesses.

Previous summits

After Hurricane Harvey: Economic Lessons Learned and the Role of Business in National Disaster Relief Efforts

Dec. 2017 - Houston

CBC members, business and civic leaders, and service organization relief providers discussed challenges faced during and after natural disasters.


Chicago Ready: Strategies for Black Business Growth and Development

May 2017 - Chicago

This event examined best practices of black-owned businesses while also recognizing the realities of black business flight and socioeconomic hardships facing Chicago's black community.


Black Women Business Leaders and Access to Capital

Nov. 2016 - Atlanta

This summit focused on black women business leaders as the fastest growing demographic of business owners in the United States.


Capital Wealth Creation in Business and Technology

May 2016 - Silicon Valley

Experts across the finance, technology and public-policy spheres discussed national strategies aimed at assisting minority-owned businesses gain access to capital, contracts and markets.


Mapping Minority Access to Capital

Nov. 2015 - New York City

This summit brought together experts to discuss the challenges and pitfalls preventing minority owned business from achieving economic parity.


Note to All Summit Attendees

CBCF Photo/Video Release
By attending the Executive Economic Summit, you authorize the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., (CBCF) to use the following personal information:
(1) Your picture – including photographic, motion picture, and electronic (video) images.
(2) Your voice – including sound and video recordings.