In recent years, Atlanta has become a hub for entrepreneurs and small business owners. So it only made sense that the booming city would be the backdrop for Egami Consulting Group’s Dream Project Symposium, the first in a series of signature forums designed to support and inspire entrepreneurs, free-thinkers, and those who dare to dream big. The recent event was full of interactive workshops, break-out sessions, and keynote speakers.
This year’s headliners were Radio One’s CEO & Chairman Cathy Hughes, entertainment mogul Russell Simmons (Def Jam Records, Rush Communications), and film producer Will Packer (Think Like a Man, Takers). Each shared valuable insights and strategies with the 300 registrants eager for advice to start and/or grow their businesses.
Preparing to film the much anticipated sequel to Think Like a Man this summer, Will focused on the importance of dreaming. “You have to dream or die point blank. You have to dream in color, HD, live, vibrant dreams. That’s the only way you’ll survive,” he insisted. Russell is an advocate of following dreams also. He’s currently pursuing his latest goal of developing online programming. With All Def Digital (ADD), Russell said, “I’m at work every day building content. A lot will become film and some will become television outside of that media.”
Russell continued to inspire the ballroom full of professionals by addressing the biggest misconception most have when crossing the bridge over to self-employment. He explained that it should never be about whether you make it or not. Instead, “Work is prayer. And if you’re a true entrepreneur, you give what you like to receive.” He also answered the most commonly asked question throughout the day. “How do I get capital?” In the simplest of terms, Russell explained, “If you do a good job and have a proper business plan, and if it shows growth and has great potential, you will be able to get funding.”
As the event came to a close, men and women were approaching each other in all directions with new ideas, partnership proposals, and inspiring stories from throughout the day. According to the event’s founder Teneshia J. Warner, next year will be even bigger and better.
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