Missouri Western’s Center for Entrepreneurship, together with the Black Student Union, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Black Archives Museum, the Craig School of Business and the Bartlett Center, hosted a Black Business Summit on January 27. The program featured St. Joseph black business owners throughout history and highlighted current black business owners. A resource panel was also available for current business owners and budding entrepreneurs. Brandon Wilson, entrepreneur, and LaTonya Williams, director of the Bartlett Center, were the keynote speakers at the event.

“The Black Business Summit has been a long time coming and was well worth the wait. Oftentimes, the entrepreneurial efforts of the Black community are wasted because we simply don’t know where to start or how to sustain. I’m so grateful to now have resources, plus a network of friends to join,” said LaTonya Williams, executive director of the Bartlett Center.