EVENTS & CONVENINGS

AEO sponsors or co-sponsors several events each year. Some are roundtables with a small group focused on a particular topic, and some are large national multi-day conferences with several hundred attendees from across the country. All have a singular goal: to help underserved entrepreneurs to expand their businesses and make a positive impact on their families, communities, and the national economy.

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

June 27, 2024

Zoom

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.

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

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Equity and Opportunity for All: Exploring Economic Opportunities for the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Community

May 23, 2024

Zoom

The Association for Enterprise Opportunity is pleased to present its ‘Equity and Opportunity for All’ Series focused on economic equity and opportunity within the AANHPI (Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islandercommunity. This virtual event will bring together experts and stakeholders to explore challenges, share success stories, and discuss innovative strategies to enhance financial inclusion and economic opportunities. Engage in meaningful dialogue aimed at creating actionable solutions to drive progress in achieving economic equity for the AAPHI community.

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

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Past AEO Events

AEO President & CEO Welcome Reception

AEO President & CEO Welcome Reception

AEO’s board of directors, team members, and industry and ecosystem leaders came together for a reception welcoming AEO’s new president and CEO, Natalie Madeira Cofield.AEO is proud to have Natalie at the helm of AEO, bringing with her a wealth of experience and a compelling vision that promises to propel AEO to a bright future. We are honored to welcome her into the AEO family and are eager to embark on this exciting new journey together.This reception provided an opportunity for the small business ecosystem to extend a warm welcome to Natalie Madeira Cofield, to get acquainted, and share in the enthusiasm for the future of AEO. A chance to celebrate not just a new chapter, but a promising era of innovation, ideation, and inspiration.Thank you to all who Joined us for an evening of networking, camaraderie, and anticipation as we marked this significant moment in AEO’s 32-year history. Let’s raise our glasses to AEO’s bright future under the inspiring leadership of our new president and CEO, Natalie Madeira Cofield.

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Leveraging Regionalism to Empower Small Businesses Summit

Leveraging Regionalism to Empower Small Businesses Summit

The Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) launched our summit focusing on regional economic development’s role in bolstering small businesses. The summit explored strategies for fostering small business growth within diverse regional contexts. Experts discussed leveraging local resources, enhancing infrastructure, and fostering collaboration between stakeholders with emphasis placed on equitable access to opportunities, innovative financing models, and leveraging technology. The summit sought to formulate actionable solutions to empower small businesses as engines of economic development. AEO also announced our forthcoming regional council launch and tour in October 2024. This event was followed by a Welcome Reception for our new President & CEO, Natalie Madeira Cofield, from 5-7 PM at the JW Marriott.

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AEO’s Quarterly Legislative Update: Navigating the Policy Landscape for Small Businesses

AEO’s Quarterly Legislative Update: Navigating the Policy Landscape for Small Businesses

AEO proudly hosted its inaugural quarterly legislative update webinar, marking a pivotal moment for small businesses nationwide. Designed to provide strategic insights into the intricate web of policy and regulatory frameworks, our quarterly updates offer a competitive edge in today’s dynamic business environment. Led by AEO’s seasoned legislative team, our latest briefing offered a comprehensive overview of federal government offices and programs directly impacting small businesses. From funding initiatives to regulatory shifts, we dissected the nuances of policy with precision, equipping entrepreneurs with the knowledge needed to thrive.

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