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.

AEO Conference 2020

May 4-7, 2020

Houston, TX

AEO’s 27th National Conference will be held at the Marriott Marquis Houston. This is a must-attend event for anyone working with microbusiness or microfinance.


A Conversation on Black Women's Entrepreneurship

October 29, 2019

Washington, DC

Hosted in partnership with Square and facilitated by Dell Gines, Senior Community Development Advisor of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.


Innovation Hub Conference

February 2019

Washington, DC

This convening kicked off AEO’s Innovation Hub model and introduced our partnership with GoDaddy to create the Digital Presence for All cohort.

AEO National Conference

May 2018

Detroit, MI

This event, with over 500 attendees, introduced several transformational initiatives, including myWay to Credit and the Tapestry Project.

Future Youth Startup Summit (FYSS)

September 2017

Washington, DC

Part of AEO’s SmallTalk series, this roundtable focused on helping entrepreneurs and community activists inspire business ownership in young people in order to transform their lives.