Entrepreneur and future astronaut keynote speaker at 2023 Broward & Beyond Business Conference


Florida Construction News staff writer

The Broward County office of economic and small business development (OESBD) will feature serial entrepreneur and future Blue Origin astronaut Aisha Bowe as keynote speaker at the Broward & Beyond Business Conference (BBBC2023). The free, one-day conference will welcome local, regional and national businesses, non-profits and government agencies for a unique opportunity to learn from industry experts and peers.

Bowe is the founder and CEO of STEMBoard, an engineering powerhouse recognized by the Inc. 5000 as one of America’s fastest-growing companies, and LINGO, a self-paced coding kit for learning technical concepts at home. She will be the keynote speaker for the fireside chat with Neki Mohan, vice president of multicultural business & community for Visit Lauderdale.

“This year, our theme is Innovate, Collaborate and Celebrate, and our focus is how to do business with local, state and federal governments, but just as important, to demonstrate and celebrate the WINS that small businesses are making,” said OESBD Director Sandy-Michael E. McDonald. “BBBC2023 is an ideal atmosphere to stoke the engagement of small businesses and promote the economic prosperity of Broward County.

“Business owners and others will also hear from Bowe and realize she is where she is today, because of steps she took and her willingness to get up after falling and continue making more strides. Her launching multi-million-dollar businesses from the ground floors of concept to profitability is her story of resilience that offers real world wisdom to help others in their business pursuits.”

The event will also feature informative workshops, panels, an exhibition hall and networking mixer and will take place June 2 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Signature Grand in Davie. Annually, 700-800 people have participated in the comprehensive small business conference.

“You can make money with a laptop, with technical skills and a dream, and people need to understand that,” said the aerospace engineer formerly of NASA. “As a small business owner, or just as a person in life, you’re going to encounter NO, often.

“I want to encourage you to reframe, how you think and how you feel when you hear NO,” said Bowe, adding, “I want to encourage you to take a NO as a yes in progress.”

2023 conference sponsors include:

  • Signature – Mobility Advancement Program (MAP Broward)
  • Luncheon – Jakarto and Florida Power & Light
  • Breakfast and Break – Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation and the City of Fort Lauderdale.
  • Business Workshop – Integrity Consult Solutions, LLC

The annual Broward & Beyond Business Conference supports the goals of the Broward County Commission to advance the reach of the County’s numerous business operations within and beyond the region via relevant and useful content delivered in multiple educational formats. Broward County’s economy is strengthened by the quantity and diversity of its business community – large and small.

For more information, call 954-357-6400 or visit Broward.org/BizBeyond.


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