Black Entrepreneurial Excellence Seminar teaches entrepreneurs how to build a successful business

TOPEKA (KSNT) – The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library hosted a Black Entrepreneur Seminar Tuesday night at Marvin Auditorium.

“Black Entrepreneurial Excellence” was moderated by Meredith Snepp, Business and Career Librarian at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. The panel included entrepreneurs Topeka, SJ Hazim, Lazone Grays Jr. and Imagene Harris.

SJ Hazim, Lazone Grays Jr., and Imagene Harris shared their wisdom, resources, and experiences related to black entrepreneurship to virtual and in-person audiences. SJ Hazim is co-owner of Clad Satra, one-stop-shop for Kalos print promotion and apparel at Kalos Print Services, co-founder/managing partner at Creative Pathways and Means and co-founder at Top Teer.

“You really just have to dive in and dive in with a plan. There are all kinds of supports for black businesses,” Hazim said.

Lazone Grays Jr. is president and CEO of IBSA Inc., studied political science at Washburn University, and studied pre-law at Kansas State University.

“I have always wanted to be of service to people. I stand up for businesses, especially black businesses,” Grays Jr. said.

Imagene Harris, oversees NetWork Kansas’ two statewide loan portfolios, StartUp Kansas and Kansas Capital Multiplier Loan Fund and the Kansas Capital Multiplier Venture Fund with Network Kansas. She gave advice on how to apply for start-up loans for small businesses.

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