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Entrepreneur Joel to speak at black business event

PROUD: Joel Blake collects his OBE

AN AWARD-winning entrepreneur will be among the leading lights at a business conference to put the spotlight on commonly unaddressed issues that can blight men in business.

The Men of Colour Business Conference will feature the talents of Joel Blake, whose 15 years’ success in entrepreneurship netted an OBE for his services to business support and enterprise last year.

It will take place on October 30 at the Royal Bank of Scotland at Brindley Place, Birmingham, and is tasked with addressing the financial, physical, mental and spiritual influences that affect men of colour in business.

Billed as part of the Black History Month celebrations in the city, the conference will include an opportunity to network, as well as workshops and interactive training sessions. Workshops include exploring money management, starting, growing and scaling your business, plus health and nutrition and increasing social impact.

It will also feature the rollout of the new Trinity Business Programme – an intensive business coaching programme designed specifically for entrepreneurs from minority backgrounds.

A conference spokesperson said: “For too long, men of colour have struggled with the idea of being successful. Many struggle with their own sense of identity, masculinity and business success. But a new generation of diverse entrepreneurs are emerging, and this empowering conference will launch a positive shift on what it means to be a man of colour in business.”

Other speakers at the event include managing director of the Gorilla Group, founder of the Urban Wealth Academy and co-founder of young entrepreneur charity 20/20 Change, Carl Hart, and Malikha McDonald, award- winning entrepreneur, public speaker and founder of Men Who – an interactive and innovative platform allowing men to network with other like-minded men.

For more information on the Men of Colour Conference and to keep up to date with any developments, search #BAMEBIZ17 on Twitter.

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