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Friday, May 17 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
How Serving Neighborhood Businesses can Build Inclusive Alliances

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This session will explore how entrepreneurship can be a tool for tackling poverty and revitalizing under-served neighborhoods. This deep dive will showcase several programs across the country that are using entrepreneurship to provide stability and growth not only to individuals but to communities at large.

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Betty Cruz

Director, All for All
Betty Cruz has developed citywide initiatives for Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, managed major accounts for a national nonprofit dedicated to building playgrounds across the U.S., and supported public relations for global brands representing a wide range of industries. She has extensive... Read More →
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Mihailo Temali

Founder and President, Neighborhood Development Center
Mihailo Temali is Founder and President of the Neighborhood Development Center headquartered in Minneapolis/St. Paul.  In partnership with many community groups, NDC has trained 4,500 low-income entrepreneurs since 1993, in a 20-week course. Some 500 graduates of that training program... Read More →
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Leigh Solomon Pugliano

Founder/Executive Director, Barrels to Beethoven, Director of Opportunity, New Sun Rising
Leigh Solomon Pugliano is originally from Guyana, South America. In 1984, her family migrated to the United States and settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she grew up. After attending the University of Pittsburgh, studying Communications and Urban Studies, Leigh began her professional... Read More →
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Zelalem Gemmeda

Owner, Abyssinian Ethiopian Cuisine in the West Side Bazaar
Zelalem was born and raised in Ethiopia but left because of political issues in her native country. She immigrated to Yemen, alone, when she was in her 20s, and lived in a refugee camp there, where she met her husband, a political refugee. She learned the language, and started to... Read More →

Friday May 17, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Omni William Penn - Frick Room - Conference Level