Whether you’re a dreamer, thinking of starting a business; a doer, nurturing a young business; or a definer, ready to take your business to the next level, you’ll find something of interest and much needed resources at the annual Create Campaign Forum for small businesses on Sat., June 11. 

This is the second year for this program developed to help grow African-American businesses by connecting them with the resources, information and tools to help them get their idea off the ground or to help grow their businesses. 

Recognizing that businesses in the community are at different levels in their development and growth process, the Campaign offers programming based on tracks, with information and resources designed to assist business owners at their level. During the forum, participants will be able to participate in two separate breakout sessions. New this year: workshops for high school students. 

An opening keynote address will be given by Dell Gines, Senior Community Development Advisor with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. 

The forum will be held in Wichita State University’s Rhatigan Student Center, 1845 Fairmount from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participation is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested online at www.createcampaignks.com. Lunch will be provided. 

Information resource vendors, who provide services to entrepreneurs, are encouraged to register. The vendor fee is $50.

Christina M. Long, Owner/Principal Consultant of CML Collective, LLC is the Coordinator of the Create Campaign in partnership with Network Kansas, the Entrepreneurship Task Force, Fidelity Bank, the Center for Entrepreneurship at Wichita State University, Wichita Urban Professionals, the Kansas Small Business Development Resource Center, the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce and Moore Strategy Group, among others. The campaign also includes participation from S.C.O.R.E. and the US Small Business Administration, among others. 

For more information about the campaign, contact Long at 316-371-8145 or cmlcollective@gmail.com. Visit www.createcampaignks.com for complete event information. 

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