MY POWER SERIES

ENTREPRENEUR EMPOWERMENT
Monthly 5-Part Business Network Events

This NO COST monthly 5-part series is designed for established east side business owners. The MY POWER SERIES pulls the veil back on entrepreneurial success and connects you with other business leaders…over FREE FOOD & COCKTAILS! Join us the last Wednesday of every month May through September from 6-7pm at the beautifully renovated Varsity Theatre. 

SEPTEMBER SESSION

SHOW UP & SHOW OUT

This session outlines an easy to follow guide to packaging and presenting your business to prospective clients, investors, and lenders. You will receive insight on how to shape a compelling presentation, honor and elevate your personal band, and get to the “YES”.   

WEDS   |   SEPT 27   |   6-7PM   |   VARSITY THEATRE   |   3165 BAILEY AVENUE

EVENT MODERATOR

KEIAH SHAUKU

Keiah works closely with the Open4 program management team which operates the Open4 program on behalf of its funders. She serves as the primary day-to-day contact for funders, partners, program management team members, Open4-supported national consultants, and all other stakeholders. 

Her responsibilities include managing relationships with current and potential Open4 grantees; regularly engaging with grantees to monitor progress against milestones; convening funders, grantees, and other stakeholders to facilitate collaboration and report on progress; and managing multiple external consultants. 

Keiah brings with her a decade of experience in community outreach, diverse community engagement, partnership cultivation, program development and organizational leadership. She most recently served as Director of Outreach and Community Relations at Urban Avenues, a not-for-profit collective located in Birmingham, Alabama and prior to that as an Educational Program Developer in Jefferson County, Alabama. 

Keiah earned a B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Communications and Computer Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and served as a Korean Crypto Linguist in the U.S. Army. She is fluent in Korean and proficient in Spanish. Her awards include the Army Good Conduct Medal, 2017 Vulcan Servant Leader Award, 2018 TechBirmingham Game Changer Award and she was a City of Birmingham 2019 StrongHer Honoree. Keiah now resides in her hometown of Buffalo, NY.

EXECUTIVE COACH SPEAKER

ROBERT LOWERY

I am a Life and Leadership Coach certified by the Coach Training Alliance. The founder and CEO of RL Experience, I am a graduate of Buffalo State College with 20 years of professional experience in leadership, mentorship, training, and coaching. My mission is to empower people to develop confidence to create the life and career they desire and deserve. On my YouTube Channel, I share motivational and spiritual content, as well as free resources on goal setting, leadership skills, personal finance, overcoming workplace conflict and more. I host a video podcast, Empower716. A podcast show for Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, Side-Hustlers + Career Shifters committed to growing their business and life.

Since the launch of RL Experience in 2014, I have helped more than 40 nonprofit organizations and 500+ individuals across the country. I was named to the Business First ‘40 under 40’ list and a recipient of Buffalo Black Achievers Award in 2014. In 2018, I began consulting full time with a focus on nonprofit and faith-based organizations. I re launched RL Experience in 2021 as a professional life and leadership coaching company. In 2021, I released my first book titled Effective Mentoring a comprehensive guide to being a better mentor.

In 2017, I was honored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America as the national organization’s Professional of the Year. I served with the Boys & Girls Club of Buffalo for more than 15 years, including overseeing programs and services for 11 community facilities and leading 120 staff and 50 volunteer team members. My Hands on experience mentoring and working with diverse groups throughout Western New York helps me tap into your full potential and purpose.

GUEST SPEAKER – MARKETING EXPERT

DARREN MCDUFFIE

Having served my country as a two-time combat veteran, a lieutenant in the police department, and most importantly a husband and a father, having Honor & Integrity is extremely important to me. I will be the first to tell you that it is extremely difficult in the world of business and entrepreneurship. I have tried and failed many times in business. In short, before owning my own marketing agency, I was one of the unfortunate victims of these terrible web design companies & marketing agencies. A vast majority of these companies lie, steal & lock their clients into binding contracts making it difficult for them to leave. Everything from compromising a business’ Facebook page to charging fees to sell the domain back to the actual owner. I’ve seen it all. A fair percentage of my clients are people I’ve helped to escape from these terrible companies and people posing as if they have a company when in reality they are freelancers. Owners are literally entrusting us with their livelihood. We build brands based on honesty and integrity. We also LISTEN to what potential clients need and develop a genuine image that is compelling and relatable.

 

MODERATOR – PURSUIT LENDER

CRYSTAL MORGAN

Crystal Morgan is Assistant Vice President at Pursuit. In her role, Crystal works to connect businesses to capital and advisory services in Western New York with concentration on the cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Business advisory services that Pursuit provides come in different forms including group trainings and post-loan one-on-one consulting engagements on topics ranging from financial management and marketing to web development, to name a few. Crystal’s outreach and collaboration efforts with resource partners works to connect business owners at any stage and size with the opportunity to start and grow their operations. Prior to joining the Pursuit team, Crystal was Community Office Manager at BankOnBuffalo and Branch Manager at M&T Bank prior to that.

 

FEATURING PURSUIT LENDER

CRYSTAL MORGAN

Crystal Morgan is Assistant Vice President at Pursuit. In her role, Crystal works to connect businesses to capital and advisory services in Western New York with concentration on the cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Business advisory services that Pursuit provides come in different forms including group trainings and post-loan one-on-one consulting engagements on topics ranging from financial management and marketing to web development, to name a few. Crystal’s outreach and collaboration efforts with resource partners works to connect business owners at any stage and size with the opportunity to start and grow their operations. Prior to joining the Pursuit team, Crystal was Community Office Manager at BankOnBuffalo and Branch Manager at M&T Bank prior to that.

 

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At Pursuit, our mission is simple: to provide businesses with affordable loans and resources so that they can reach higher, transform and grow. Pursuit is a community-focused lender where businesses can access more than 15 loan programs that provide financing from $10,000 to $5.5 million with affordable rates and terms. Pursuit is a nationally recognized organization that focuses on serving businesses and lending partners throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.

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