Daymond John enlists celeb friends for global ‘Black Entrepreneurs Day’

Presented by Chase for Business, 'Game Changer Conversations' will feature the mega entrepreneur in one-on-one talks with Black leaders and cultural icons.

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Legendary entrepreneur and Shark Tank host Daymond John is teaming up with tons of celebrities, civic leaders and Chase for Business to present a global Black Entrepreneurs Day. 

The free, worldwide live stream will air on Saturday, Oct. 24, beginning at 7 p.m., on John’s Facebook page and a host of other social media and web channels, including LiveXLive, YouTube, Twitch, TikTok and Twitter.

“Game Changer Conversations” on Black Entrepreneurs Day will feature Daymond John in one-on-one conversations with numerous Black business leaders and cultural icons. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images)

Black Entrepreneurs Day will be highlighted by “Game Changer Conversations,” which will feature John in one-on-one conversations with numerous Black business leaders and cultural icons, a roster that lists Shaquille O’Neal, Gabrielle Union, Jamie Foxx, Robert Johnson and LL Cool J among its names. 

Chance The Rapper and Questlove will also take the stage and perform live, and there’s also an official afterparty featuring DJ Diesel, O’Neal’s musical moniker, presented by Pepsi.

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The event’s goals are to provide guidance and inspiration to the next generation of rising entrepreneurs, as well as $175,000 in bottom-line financial support, through the NAACP Powershift Entrepreneur Grant.

Said John: “2020 has been a challenging year for many but has also created tremendous opportunities for people throughout the country to rise up to be heard. I asked myself, ‘How can I make a difference?’ and ‘How can I call upon my network to help make that difference?'”

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Small business owners across the country can apply now for the NAACP Powershift grant via www.BlackEntrepreneursDay.com. Applications are open through Monday, Oct. 12. 

“Investing in Black-owned businesses is critical to driving job growth and economic opportunity across the country,” said Christopher Hollins, managing director of Chase Business Banking. “Through programs like Advancing Black Entrepreneurs, we’re giving owners the tools and advice necessary to prepare their business for long-term success, something that’s especially important today.”

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To further connect with entrepreneurs and those seeking to start their own businesses, viewers from around the world can submit questions exclusively via the audio and video commenting tool Yappa. John will answer a selection of them live. 

Black Entrepreneurs Day has also partnered with Intuit Quickbooks to present “Bridging the Digital Gap,” a panel showcasing technology resources for entrepreneurs in the modern era.

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Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, says that the organization is thrilled to be partnering with John to deliver the Powershift Entrepreneur Grant.

“Our hope,” he says, “is that this frees future business leaders to imagine the possibilities in business through ingenuity, innovation and passion.”

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