Jim Stallings to Keynote at African-American Business Forum



Jim Stallings 

Thursday, March 29
3:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
225 E Coastline Dr
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Join the Jacksonville Business Journal for an exclusive event featuring discussions with local business experts who'll share their insights and resources about access to capital, overcoming barriers, public and private sector procurement and the importance of joint ventures and strategic collaborations.

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Representation Matters: How One Woman Is Empowering Black Children & Defying Stereotypes Through Backpacks

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Here’s a little-known fact: Less than 2% of the backpacks in the marketplace reflect children of color. After hearing this statistic, entrepreneur and Jacksonville, Florida-resident Casey R. Kelley set out to defy stereotypes and give Black children the representation they deserve with her apparel and backpack line, Blended Designs. Casey grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana and attended both Purdue University and the University of Cincinnati before working in Customer Insights and Analytics. Since 2014, her company has been dedicated to representation with products featuring positive affirmations and images for Black children. We recently caught up with Casey to discuss the major impact she has had on our youth since launching, how she was able to work with Common and Big Sean’s foundations, and so many gems on Black consumer insights.

To read the full interview click here. 

Female Founders Forum Published in Jacksonville Business Journal

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Dozens of women entrepreneurs gathered at the University of North Florida Thursday for PS27's third annual Female Founders Forum, sponsored by Fidelity National Information Services Inc. (NYSE: FIS).

The event, held on International Women's Day, was themed "She Thinks Big" and aimed to inspire, connect and educate women with early-stage companies. Alexa Carlin, a national speaker, serial entrepreneur and CEO and founder of Women Empower Expo, headlined the event.

To read the full article click here. 

A huge thank you to reporter Will Robinson for the wonderful article! 

5 Best Practices for Launching an Online Business

PS27 founders attended a special PS27 briefing by Scott Sanfilippo, Co-Founder of Solid Cactus and Director of Agency Services at Web.com.  Scott is one of the early architects of the internet e-commerce infrastructure, is well connected to Silicon Valley and has an amazing background and history.  Scott discussed the top 5 best practices for launching an online business and answered founder questions.  Scott's knowledge and impact was so good, Web.com bought his entire business.

You can read more about Scott here:



Female Founders Forum X First Coast Connect

Tuesday, February 20th, PS27's Christine McFaul sat down with Melissa Ross to discuss the upcoming PS27 Female Founders Forum. You can listen to the interview at wjct.org.

 Melissa Ross and Christine McFaul on WJCT First Coast Connect 

Melissa Ross and Christine McFaul on WJCT First Coast Connect 

The PS27 Female Founders Forum is held each year on March 8th, International Women's Day. This event is for startups, entrepreneurs and small business founders. The day includes workshops with subject matter experts on Raising Capital, Emotional Intelligence, Managing Finances, Goal Setting, Work/Life Balance, and Mentorship!

Applications for the forum close Wednesday March 28th, you can apply at ps27ventures.com/fff

She thinks big.

PS27’s annual Female Founders Forum is fast approaching! The event is held on International Women’s Day, March 8th, and is an exclusive event that brings together female entrepreneurs and ignites passion within them.

Here’s a look into the day’s agenda:

Turning BIG obstacles into BIG opportunities by Alexa Carlin

Girls Just want to have Funds by Susan Cuthbertson

How to Put your Emotional Intelligence to Work by Kelly Mannel

Panel Discussion: How to  breakthrough: Pioneers, Survivors and Game Changers with Lindsey Tropf, Kelli Murray, Sarah Marie Johnston and Jim Stallings as Moderator.                    

Saving your Sanity: A Guide to Work/Life Balance by Kamaria Scott

Mentors Matter: Finding the Right Mentor for You by Frances Fisher

The day includes workshops with subject matter experts, networking and fun. If you are a female founder who is thinking about attending One Spark in April you should definitely attend the Female Founders Forum first. APPLY NOW: ps27ventures.com/fff

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