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In celebration of Pride Month, the Association for Enterprise Opportunity invites you to a critical conversation focused on economic equity and opportunity within the LGBTQ+ community. Part of AEO’s Equity and Opportunity for All series, this virtual event provides a unique platform to gain valuable insights into the experiences of LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs, highlighting their economic contributions, social impact, and the challenges they face.


Equity and Opportunity for All

The Pride Economy: Promoting Economic Equity and Equality for LGBTQ+ Entrepreneurs

June 27, 2024
3:00 p.m.  – 4:30 p.m. EST
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Discover key findings from our latest research, which showcases the economic contributions of LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs and delves into the social impact and specific challenges they encounter. Engage with a diverse panel of LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs, experts, and practitioners as they share their personal experiences and insights. Learn about effective strategies for supporting the LGBTQ+ business community and fostering inclusive economic growth. 

Join the discussion with the following industry experts and thought leaders

  • Representative Sharice Davids, Kansas, District 3 – 116th-118th Congress
  • Dr. Nii-Quartelai Quartey (Moderator), Host of “A More Perfect Union” and Chief Political Analyst, KBLA Talk 1580
  • Tarik Perkins, Director of Programs, StartOut
  • Waverly Deutsch, Advisor, WyseHeart Advisory
  • Lori Smith Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, Association for Enterprise Opportunity
  • Natalie Madeira Cofield, President and CEO, Association for Enterprise Opportunity

*This event will also mark the release of the LGBTQ+ Small Business Fact Sheet produced by AEO. 

Event Highlights:

Research Presentation: Discover key findings from our latest research, which showcases the economic contributions of LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs and delves into the social impact and specific challenges they encounter.

Panel Discussion: Engage with a diverse panel of LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs, experts, and practitioners as they share their personal experiences and insights. Learn about effective strategies for supporting the LGBTQ+ business community and fostering inclusive economic growth.

Why Attend?

This event is designed to educate and equip service providers with the knowledge and tools necessary to better support LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs. By presenting current research, sharing success stories, and discussing best practices, we aim to foster learning and collaboration. Ultimately, we seek to enhance the capacity of Business Support Organizations (BSOs) to serve LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs more effectively.

Who Should Attend?

Business support organizations

Economic development professionals

Entrepreneurs and business owners

Researchers and academics

Anyone interested in promoting economic equity and opportunity for the LGBTQ+ community

Don’t miss this opportunity to join a dynamic conversation that will empower you to make a positive impact within the LGBTQ+ business community.

Together, let’s advance economic equity and create more inclusive opportunities for LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs.