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Economic-Empowerment Nonprofit Launches Campaign to Raise Funds for Minority Women in Business

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Millionaire Mastermind Academy (MMA) has launched its Giving Tuesday Campaign to raise $150,000 through November 30, 2022, to support programming that uplifts minority women entrepreneurs through access to professional development, networking opportunities, and access to financial resources, Thinkzilla Consulting Group announced today. Millionaire Mastermind Academy's founding was grounded in the mission to fight against poverty and end systemic barriers against minority women in business.

Since its inception five years ago, under the leadership of Dr. Velma Trayham, the organization has mentored over 8,000 individuals through vibrant, forward thinking frameworks. A Houston native who experienced poverty and many of the same struggles as the women she supports through MMA, Dr. Trayham has faced much adversity through her path to entrepreneurship and while she faced some failures along the way, she has turned them into lessons to help women across the U.S. Award-Winning entrepreneur, Author, and business-leader, Dr. Trayham has built a powerhouse group of women to help her lead the Millionaire Mastermind Academy as a premier partner of corporations that seek to show their social responsibility by fostering opportunities for minority women to become business owners.

Millionaire Mastermind Academy has put its own spin on the day of international giving, naming their Giving Tuesday campaign "GivingChooseDay," a hashtag that will be used throughout the month of November to highlight philanthropy and individual giving that makes the choice to support minority women on the rise. The organization has earned a prominent and influential reputation as a source of opportunity for minority women. Some of MMA's current partners include American Landmark, Truist Bank, and Blaylock Van to name a few.

Over the next few weeks, MMA alumni and corporate partners from across the country will share via social media their experiences with the world to showcase the importance and impact of the powerhouse and its initiatives using hashtags #GivingChooseDay and #ChooseToGive.

Dollars raised this November are needed now more than ever. The Millionaire Mastermind Academy is growing rapidly to ensure they are able to expand and provide it's programs efficiently. These initiatives need more dollars to guarantee high-quality services and operations running at its most robust capacity to meet the needs of major cities in the U.S. MMA is one of the only organizations in the U.S. that is woman-led and provides services and mentorship at the grassroots level from business leaders across the country who have net-worths in the millions or hold c-suite level appointments at million-dollar companies.

"Women's empowerment is not only equal consideration; it is necessary for sustainable economic and social development, said Millionaire Mastermind Academy founder Dr. Velma Trayham. Economic Empowerment is a powerful tool against Poverty, which is why Millionaire Mastermind Academy was created to end Poverty through empowered entrepreneurship.

To make a donation to The Millionaire Mastermind Academy in honor of Giving Tuesday, please visit our site at https://givebutter.com/mmagivingchooseday.

The Millionaire Mastermind Academy services underserved Arizona, Georgia, Florida, and Texas business communities. The organization houses several impactful programs, including statewide Entrepreneur and Real Estate Accelerator Programs to help more minority women gain access to tools, resources and opportunities to succeed in business.

About Millionaire Mastermind Academy:

The Millionaire Mastermind Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate and support the growth of women-owned business enterprises, thereby strengthening the economic impact in their community. Additionally, we address the barriers to economic mobility for women who have been systemically and historically underserved and excluded.

For more information, visit https://millionairemastermindacademy.org/.

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Economic Empowerment Event Teaches Minority Women Business Owners How to Scale using social media

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Helping minority women entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level, powerhouses Dr. Velma Trayham, founder of the Millionaire Mastermind Academy, a leading nonprofit organization that has mentored more than 8,000 women, and Santia Deck, the founder of TRONUS, the first sneaker company owned by a woman athlete, are coming together for a particular online event on using social media for good. The free event, Building a Brand through Social Media, takes place online on November 21 at 2 p.m. EST, Thinkzilla Consulting Group announced today.

Geared towards underserved and underrepresented aspiring and established women entrepreneurs, "Building a Brand through Social Media" will share the essential steps entrepreneurs need to take to establish and expand their brands through various platforms while employing self-love. Truist Bank sponsors this program to inspire and build better lives and communities through economic empowerment.

Santia Deck of TRONUS is a history-making professional female football player and social media influencer. She recently made history by being offered the highest-paid contract in women's football history. In addition, Deck is a published author, fitness model, TV personality and host, social media consultant, and public speaker.

"Black women have notoriously been underrepresented in many ways, but things are finally changing and I'm excited to see us rise up and show the world our value and why we are the creators and trendsetters of almost EVERYTHING," Deck said.

Dr. Velma Trayham is a 2022 recipient of President Biden's Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Trayham is a dynamic personality and business leader in professional circles for Fortune 500 companies, small business owners, startup entrepreneurs, and community leaders from all walks of life. Her mission is to end poverty through entrepreneurship. To date, Dr. Trayham has mentored thousands of business owners across the country and has built community engagement programs supporting supplier diversity professionals seeking to engage diverse business owners.

"Women's empowerment is not only equal consideration; it is necessary for sustainable economic and social development," said Millionaire Mastermind Academy founder Dr. Velma Trayham. "Economic Empowerment is a powerful tool against Poverty, which is why Millionaire Mastermind Academy was created to end Poverty through empowered entrepreneurship.

Registration is now open at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-a-brand-through-social-media-tickets-407552489467

The Millionaire Mastermind Academy services underserved Arizona, Georgia, Florida, and Texas business communities. The organization houses several impactful programs, including statewide Entrepreneur and Real Estate Accelerator Programs to help more minority women succeed in business.

About Millionaire Mastermind Academy:

The Millionaire Mastermind Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate and support the growth of women-owned business enterprises, thereby strengthening the economic impact in their community. Additionally, we address the barriers to economic mobility for women who have been systemically and historically underserved and excluded.

For more information, visit https://millionairemastermindacademy.org/.

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Business and Empowerment Leader Dr. Velma Trayham Named Keynote Speaker for Black Changemaker Series Presented by ASU and the State of Black Arizona

TEMPE, Ariz. -- With a focus on building generational wealth, award-winning B2B/diversity consultant and leader Dr. Velma Trayham will serve as keynote speaker for the Black Changemaker Series on Nov. 9. The Black Changemaker Series: Building Generational Wealth, Empowering the Black Entrepreneur will share conversations and tools around growing wealth and using education as a springboard, connecting the local community to higher education leaders and entrepreneurs.

Dr. Trayham is the CEO of Thinkzilla Consulting, a Black- and woman-owned brand engagement and program development agency that opened its third office in Scottsdale, Arizona last year, and founder of the Millionaire Mastermind Academy, a nationwide nonprofit that provides entrepreneurial training and mentorship programming to help minority women rise above poverty through empowered entrepreneurship and spiritual development. Dr. Trayham is also an award-winning entrepreneur, author, speaker and mentor.

The special event takes place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Junior Achievement, 636 W. Southern Ave. in Tempe. Registration is free.

The overall effort is a multifaceted approach to a multifaceted issue that can have a significant effect on not only individuals' livelihoods but on Arizona's economy overall, said Teniqua Broughton, executive director of the State of Black Arizona.

"Investing in Black Arizonans is critical to the future of Arizona's economy. The Grand Canyon state cannot reach its full growth and development potential without understanding and acting upon the merits of inclusive prosperity," Broughton said.

Panelists include:

Joseph Early, an Arizona State University senior and business owner of Mane Strategies; Jay Hutchins, who recently launched his second business, Allied Help; and Adylia Gutierrez, a wellness coach for Yhor Life. The Black Changemaker Series is presented by Arizona State University, Arizona Public Service, The State of Black Arizona, Black Philanthropy Initiative Social Justice Impact Fund and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

"The Black Changemaker Series is already making waves and sparking change for young entrepreneurs across Arizona, and I am honored to share my insights on the ability to build wealth through entrepreneurship," said Dr. Trayham. "When we share our wisdom and pool our strengths, we build stronger individuals, businesses and communities."

Nationally recognized for creating programs for Fortune 500 companies and government entities that engage underrepresented communities and minority women, Trayham's previous national speaking and Influencer campaigns include Vistaprint, Cheddar News, Atlanta Black Chamber, Truist bank among others. Her previous speaking engagements include the American Heart Association, Georgia Power, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Greater Phoenix Urban League, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Texas Black Expo and many more.

She is the recipient of President Biden's Lifetime Achievement Award and was named Top 100 Women of Influence in Atlanta 2020, 2021 and 2022 as well as Women of the Year Finalist by the Atlanta Business League. To date, her programs have helped more than 8,000 women create small businesses and achieve economic empowerment.

About Dr. Velma Trayham:

Dr. Velma Trayham is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, speaker and economic empowerment specialist who believes in the power of inclusive, equitable businesses to create community and spark change. The CEO of Thinkzilla Consulting Group, which brings greater awareness to initiatives that support underserved communities. For more information, please visit https://velmatrayham.com/.

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Investors Academy’s Youth Training Program Imparting Life Skills and Job Training for Local Youth in Atlanta

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Expanding The Investors Academy services to support more teens and young adults, the nonprofit's Youth Training Program shares life skills, on-the-job training and financial literary skills for youth ages 15 to 24. In its second summer, the program has been funded by the Fulton County Government, with partners including the City of Atlanta, Thinkzilla Consulting Group announced today.

Designed to give teens and young adults meaningful employment and real-world experience, The Investors Academy Youth Training Program combines the rigor of higher learning and adulthood in a skills-based summer apprenticeship. Every participant has the opportunity to expand job skills while also learning how to save and invest their earnings.

"Our mission is to support underserved individuals on their pathway to self-sufficiency through meaningful hands-on job training through this program that provides education, employment, and the critical financial resources and life skills that are needed for success in their next stage," said Montra McKenzie, CEO of The Investors Academy. "We are thrilled to expand opportunities this year and reach even more community members interested in learning new skills and realizing new goals."

In particular, the summer apprenticeship provided hands-on warehousing skills, pallet jack training, safety training, OSHA training and certification.

About The Investors Academy:

Established in 2015 as a resource to support investors and parolees, The Investors Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that offers a safe space for the community. The Youth Training program was developed to offer teens and young adults' meaningful employment, financial literacy and life skills.

For more information visit https://theinvestorsacademy.org/.

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United Diversity Business Summit Provides Full Day of Discussion on Key Issues Relating to Diversity, Inclusion

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The second-annual United Diversity Business Summit last week brought together hundreds of local business and community leaders for insightful and important discussion of issues related to diversity and inclusion, Thinkzilla Consulting Group announced today.

More than two dozen speakers provided their thoughts on key issues in both panel discussions and individual presentations that included "Overcoming Barriers to Entry & Promoting Statewide Economic Growth," "Moving from Transactional to Transformational," "Increasing Visibility in Underrepresented Demographics" and "Diversity in Progress: Strides Made to Date and Work Moving Forward," to name just a few.

Keynote sessions were complemented by breakout sessions on two tracks, one for corporate and one for entrepreneurs, providing even more information for the attendees.

"We are so pleased with the important dialogue that was created as part of this year's United Diversity Business Summit," said Dr. Velma Trayham, CEO of ThinkZilla Consulting Group, which produced the summit in partnership with the City of Scottsdale. "We are grateful to everyone who attended the event, the many great speakers and panelists we had and all of the sponsors and community partners that made the event happen."

The 2022 United Diversity Business Summit was held on September 14 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Center with the theme of "Enhancing the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem through Diversity, Community and Innovation." It was free for attendees.

Taniqua Broughton, Executive Director of the State of Black Arizona, said the conference was an important event for discussion of diversity particularly considering the findings of the organization's 2022 study.

Broughton said it's not about helping one group at the expense of others, "But we must continue our fight to make intentional, target[ed] investments of political, social and business capital to aid in our priorities of building a better ecosystem for Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. It is a matter of good business, which creates a greater opportunity for all Arizonans."

A link to view the entire programming can be found on the City of Scottsdale, YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkuaheoOhjU

The event's sponsors included Fry's Food Stores, Salt River Project, Blaylock Van, Country Financial, Arizona Commerce Authority, and the Arizona State University Office of Economic Development. Community Partners included the Black Chamber of Arizona, Base Arizona, Maricopa Community Colleges, Greater Phoenix Urban League Young Professionals, and Associated Minority Contractors of Arizona.

The United Diversity Business Summit offers corporations and governmental entities the opportunity to reach hundreds of business owners during the event and through pre-and post-event marketing. Planning for the 2023 conference is now underway, with details to be shared at www.UnitedDiversityBusinessSummit.com.

About Thinkzilla Consulting Group:

ThinkZILLA is one of the country's fastest-growing DE&I Consulting, digital engagement, and program management firms. Making brands more relevant, ThinkZILLA builds meaningful connections between brands and consumers. For more information on ThinkZILLA or to schedule a consultation, please visit https://thinkzillaconsulting.com/.

About the City of Scottsdale:

Scottsdale is one of the state's leading job centers, with a diverse economy built on medical research, high-tech innovation, tourism, and corporate headquarters. Scottsdale is home to nearly 18,000 businesses supplying over 150,000 jobs. The high-tech innovation center SkySong, located just a few miles from Downtown, is designed to help companies grow through a unique partnership with nearby Arizona State University. For more information, visit https://www.choosescottsdale.com/.

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Momentum Builds for United Diversity Business Summit on September 14

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Response from the business community has been strong as the 2nd Annual installment of Arizona's top conference on diversity and inclusion grows closer, with several major sponsors on board and a list of expert speakers committing to the event, Thinkzilla Consulting Group announced today.

The 2022 United Diversity Business Summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Center with a theme of "Enhancing the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem through Diversity, Community and Innovation." It is free for attendees.

The event's organizers have announced four new major sponsors that are helping to make this important conference a reality: Salt River Project, Blaylock Van, Country Financial and the Arizona State University Office of Economic Development.

And, the lineup of quality speakers continues to grow. Speakers for the 2022 summit include:

* David Ortega, Mayor of Scottsdale

* Dr. Velma Trayham, CEO of Thinkzilla

* Jackie Johnson, Diversity Director for the City of Scottsdale

* Rob Millar, Economic Development Director for the City of Scottsdale

* Art Hamilton, founder of the Art Hamilton Group

* Danny Seiden, President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry

* Cloves Campbell, co-publisher of the Arizona Informant

* Eric Standifer, President and CEO of Blaylock Van

* Ashlee Atkins, President of Greater Phoenix Urban League Young Professionals (YP)

* Mark Stanton, President & CEO of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce

* Keasha Beach, Executive Director of BASE Arizona

Registration for the event has been brisk and has increased in the past couple of weeks, so potential attendees are encouraged to register now to ensure their attendance.

"We are very excited about how the event is coming together and the compelling speakers and content we will be bringing together on September 14," Dr. Trayham said. "We are grateful to our sponsors - particularly Salt River Project, Blaylock Van, Country Financial and the ASU Office of Economic Development - for making this event possible. We are looking forward to advancing the discussion of diversity in business and creating invaluable connections for corporations and entrepreneurs in our community."

The summit recently announced its distinguished co-chairs: Cameron Robb, Senior Development Consultant at APS; Jackie Johnson, City of Scottsdale Diversity Director; and former Arizona State Representative Art Hamilton. Presented by Thinkzilla Consulting Group and the City of Scottsdale, the Sept. 14 summit will convene diverse business leaders and entrepreneurs from across Arizona to share ideas and innovations.

The United Diversity Business Summit will spearhead break-out sessions and training workshops covering various topics and industries with the aim of moving 100 or more companies forward and expanding fast-growing diverse small businesses across the Valley.

The United Diversity Business Summit offers corporations and governmental entities the opportunity to reach more than 500 business owners during the event and through pre- and post-event marketing. Each year as a part of Thinkzilla Consulting Group's "Diversity Business Awareness" aimed at increasing patronage of Inclusive Organizations, the "Diversity Business Summit " Co-Chair committee salutes and highlights the accomplishments of five diverse businesses in Scottsdale.

Attendees will learn from more than 25 speakers on innovative approaches and best practices to improve economic diversity outcomes for organizations and entrepreneurs. This year's summit will host two tracks: Track 1 is designed for public and private companies seeking to increase diversity outcomes and Track 2 incorporates business development programs to attract and grow the minority small business community. Workshop topics will include using disruption to advance business strategy, entrepreneurship 101, supplier diversity, inclusive decision-making, recognizing and overcoming financial challenges, and more.

Registration is now available at https://uniteddiversitybusinesssummit.com/

About Thinkzilla Consulting Group:

ThinkZILLA is one of the country's fastest-growing DE&I Consulting, digital engagement, and program management firms. Making brands more relevant, ThinkZILLA builds meaningful connections between brands and consumers. For more information on ThinkZILLA or to schedule a consultation, please visit https://thinkzillaconsulting.com/.

About the City of Scottsdale:

Scottsdale is one of the state's leading job centers, with a diverse economy built on medical research, high-tech innovation, tourism, and corporate headquarters. Scottsdale is home to nearly 18,000 businesses supplying over 150,000 jobs. The high-tech innovation center SkySong, located just a few miles from Downtown, is designed to help companies grow through a unique partnership with nearby Arizona State University. For more information, visit https://www.choosescottsdale.com/.

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Co-Chairs Announced for 2nd Annual United Diversity Business Summit, Cameron Robb, Jackie Johnson and Art Hamilton

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Building on the impact and success of 2021 "United Diversity Business Summit," bringing together a trifecta of leadership and insight, the 2nd annual Summit has announced its distinguished co-chairs: Cameron Robb, Senior Development Consultant at APS; Jackie Johnson, City of Scottsdale Diversity Director; and former Arizona State Representative Art Hamilton. Presented by Thinkzilla Consulting Group and the City of Scottsdale, the Sept. 14 summit will convene diverse business leaders and entrepreneurs from across Arizona to share ideas and innovations.

With this expanded leadership team, the United Diversity Business Summit will spearhead break-out sessions and training workshops covering various topics and industries. With the aim of moving 100 or more companies forward and expanding fast-growing diverse small businesses across the valley.

Cameron Robb's role at APS, helps bring clean, reliable and affordable energy to more than 2.7 million Arizonans. Further diversity throughout the City of Scottsdale, Jackie Johnson sets the strategic direction for DEI initiatives, integrating diversity with the city's core mission and values. A 26-year-public servant, Art Hamilton became a state legislator at age 21 and served as minority leader of the Arizona House of Representatives for nearly two decades; he was also the first Black and only Arizonan to be elected to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The 2022 United Diversity Business Summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Center with a theme of "Enhancing the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem through Diversity, Community and Innovation." It is free for attendees.

"Creating a sustainable future for everyone in Arizona means that we must offer a path to reliable and affordable energy for everyone," Robb said. "We believe in leading the way with innovation and supporting everyone in the diverse communities we serve. I am honored to serve as co-chair for the United Diversity Business Summit and help to bring more voices and perspectives to the leader's table."

Attendees will learn from more than 25 speakers on innovative approaches and best practices to improve economic diversity outcomes for organizations and entrepreneurs. This year's summit will host two tracks: Track 1 is designed for public and private companies seeking to increase diversity outcomes and Track 2 incorporates business development programs to attract and grow the minority small business community. Workshop topics will include using disruption to advance business strategy, entrepreneurship 101, supplier diversity, inclusive decision-making, recognizing and overcoming financial challenges, and more.

"As a steady voice for the underrepresented, I appreciate the opportunity to engage greater diversity, equity and inclusion throughout Scottsdale with this summit and all of the incredible initiatives it sparks," Johnson added. "This year's event has an extraordinary wealth of talent, insight, and diverse perspectives and expertise."

Speakers for the 2022 summit include: David Ortega, Mayor of Scottsdale; Dr. Velma Trayham, CEO of Thinkzilla; Jackie Johnson, Diversity Director for the City of Scottsdale; Rob Millar, Economic Development Director for the City of Scottsdale; Art Hamilton, founder of the Art Hamilton Group; Danny Seiden, President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Cloves Campbell, co-publisher of the Arizona Informant; Eric Standifer, President and CEO of Blaylock Van and more to be announced.

Registration is now available at https://uniteddiversitybusinesssummit.com/

About Thinkzilla Consulting Group:

ThinkZILLA is one of the country's fastest-growing DE&I Consulting, digital engagement, and program management firms. Making brands more relevant, ThinkZILLA builds meaningful connections between brands and consumers. For more information on ThinkZILLA or to schedule a consultation, please visit https://thinkzillaconsulting.com/.

About the City of Scottsdale:

Scottsdale is one of the state's leading job centers, with a diverse economy built on medical research, high-tech innovation, tourism, and corporate headquarters. Scottsdale is home to nearly 18,000 businesses supplying over 150,000 jobs. The high-tech innovation center SkySong, located just a few miles from Downtown, is designed to help companies grow through a unique partnership with nearby Arizona State University. For more information, visit https://www.choosescottsdale.com/.

Related link: https://thinkzillaconsulting.com/

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2nd Annual United Diversity Business Summit Announced Sept. 14 to Improve Economic Diversity Outcomes

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Building on the success of 2021 "United Diversity Business Summit Day," which included a special proclamation from Scottsdale Mayor David D. Ortega, the second annual United Diversity Business Summit will be held on Sept. 14, 2022. Presented by Thinkzilla Consulting Group and the City of Scottsdale, the summit will engage business and community leaders in efforts to create more diverse and inclusive outcomes.

The Summit will feature keynote speakers, substantive breakout sessions, business opportunity exchange, networking opportunities, and insightful resources for the business community. Presentations are targeted toward businesses with well-developed Diversity and Inclusion programs and those without current efforts but who want to engage.

In addition, leading professionals will spearhead break-out sessions and training workshops covering various topics and industries. With the aim of moving 100 or more companies forward and expanding fast-growing diverse small businesses, the 2022 United Diversity Business Summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Center with a theme of "Enhancing the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem through Diversity, Community and Innovation."

"This summit brings us closer to our aim of a diverse business community where everyone's ideas can flourish," said the CEO of Thinkzilla Consulting, Dr. Velma Trayham. "My hope is that this summit empowers attendees to share valuable resources and best practices in DEI and leadership with their organizations, coworkers, managers, and senior leaders."

Attendees will hear from more than 25 Speakers to improve economic diversity outcomes for both organizations and entrepreneurs. This year's summit will host two tracks: Track 1 is designed for public and private companies seeking to increase diversity outcomes, and Track 2 incorporates business development programs to attract and grow the small business community. Workshop topics will include using disruption to advance business strategy, strengthening supplier diversity, inclusive decision-making, funding opportunities, women empowerment, and more.

Early-bird registration now available at https://uniteddiversitybusinesssummit.com/

Speakers for the 2022 summit include David Ortega, Mayor of Scottsdale; Dr. Jackie Johnson, Diversity Director for the City of Scottsdale; Rob Millar, Economic Development Director for the City of Scottsdale; Art Hamilton, founder of the Art Hamilton Group; Danny Seiden, President, and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Cloves Campbell, co-publisher of the Arizona Informant; Eric Standifer, President, and CEO of Blaylock Van and more to be announced.

Limited Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting: Thinkzilla Consulting Group - 480.572.1838.

About the City of Scottsdale:

Scottsdale is one of the state's leading job centers, with a diverse economy built on medical research, high-tech innovation, tourism, and corporate headquarters. Scottsdale is home to nearly 18,000 businesses supplying over 150,000 jobs. The high-tech innovation center SkySong, located just a few miles from Downtown, is designed to help companies grow through a unique partnership with nearby Arizona State University. For more information, visit https://www.choosescottsdale.com/.

About Thinkzilla Consulting Group:

ThinkZILLA specializes in DE&I Consulting, digital engagement, and program development. Making brands more relevant, ThinkZILLA builds meaningful connections between brands and consumers. For more information on ThinkZILLA or to schedule a consultation, please visit https://thinkzillaconsulting.com/.

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Millionaire Mastermind Academy Now Accepting Applications for Fall Real Estate Accelerator Program for Minority Women

TAMPA, Fla. -- Further expanding access to careers in the real estate industry, the Millionaire Mastermind Real Estate Accelerator Program is now accepting applications for its upcoming fall 2022 program, Thinkzilla Consulting Group announced today. Welcoming up to 50 diverse women applicants, the 12-week hybrid program consists of virtual classes plus two in-person days of intensives at the Tampa multifamily owner-operator American Landmark Apartments, one of the top apartment owners in the country and lead sponsor of the program. Additional sponsors include M&T Bank, Truist Bank, Country Financial and Prospect Real Estate Group.

Only 4 percent of real estate companies are owned by women or minorities, and women represent just over one-third of the commercial real estate industry, according to the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network, highlighting the need for customized accelerator programs in real estate.

The 12-week course, which begins on September 19th, will cover a wide range of topics applicable to the field of residential and commercial real estate, from developing a professional mindset to Fair Housing Laws to marketing to property management and leasing. Upon completion of the course, students may be eligible for an apprenticeship at American Landmark, or to receive a scholarships to cover the cost of completing a Florida real estate licensing class.

Eligible applicants must be a minority female over the age of 18; based in or near the Tampa, Florida market or willing to travel for the two days of in-person classes in Tampa on September 26 and October 24; looking to pursue a successful career in either residential or commercial real estate; and willing and able to commit 3 to 5 hours per week.

Complete the application by the deadline of August 15, 2022: https://form.jotform.com/221715504251143.

The fall 2021 program graduated a dozen women who received college-level business training, access to real estate licensing, training in property management and Fair Housing laws, access to mentors and business networks, and more,

"As the housing market continues to explode from coast to coast, there is incredible opportunity for more diverse voices, entrepreneurs and interests in the real estate industry, and we are incredibly proud to contribute to this growth," said program founder Dr. Velma Trayham. "Our graduates are changing this industry from the inside out, one transaction at a time."

"American Landmark is honored to continue our partnership with the Millionaire Mastermind Academy to open doors for more minority women in the real estate industry, and promote the values of diversity, leadership and entrepreneurialism that our company is founded on," said Joe Lubeck, CEO of American Landmark.

The Millionaire Mastermind Real Estate Accelerator Program is accepting public and private partnership to push diversity and minority business development forward. Scholarships are also available at: https://millionairemastermindacademy.org/programs/real-estate-accelerator-program/.

The program is an arm of the Millionaire Mastermind Academy, which helps women business owners strengthen their businesses and impact on the economy while addressing barriers to economic mobility for those who have been systemically and historically underserved. The academy has helped more than 8,000 women nationwide gain the education and training they need to succeed in business.

About Millionaire Mastermind Academy:

The Millionaire Mastermind Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to educate and support the growth of women-owned business enterprises, thereby strengthening the economic impact in their community. We have mentored more than 8,000 women through our programs. For more information visit https://millionairemastermindacademy.org/.

About American Landmark:

American Landmark Apartments is one of the fastest-growing multifamily owner-operators in the United States and ranks No. 33 on the National Multifamily Housing Council list of the top apartment owners in the country with approximately 34,000 apartment units in its portfolio. Based in Tampa, Florida, American Landmark specializes in the acquisition and management of value-added multifamily properties located in high-growth markets throughout the Sunbelt, including Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. American Landmark is committed to delivering great service and outstanding living environments to residents and delivering consistent, attractive risk-adjusted returns to investors and partners. For more information, please visit https://www.alapts.com/.

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Business, Free News Articles, Regional Events, Taxes and Accounting

Business and Economic Empowerment Leader Dr. Velma Trayham Announced as Keynote Speaker for Takeaway Tax Business Conference in Houston, TX

HOUSTON, Texas -- Highlighting the power of entrepreneurship to change the world and end poverty, award-winning B2B/diversity consultant and leader Dr. Velma Trayham (CEO of Thinkzilla Consulting Group) has been announced as the keynote speaker for TakeAway Tax's upcoming Tax Business Conference in Houston on Aug. 4.

Dr. Trayham is the CEO of Thinkzilla Consulting, a Black- and woman-owned Marketing Strategy and Diversity Consulting agency that opened its fourth office in Scottsdale last year, and founder of the Millionaire Mastermind Academy, a nationwide nonprofit that provides entrepreneurial training and mentorship programming to help minority women rise above poverty through empowered entrepreneurship and spiritual development. Dr. Trayham was recently honored by President Joe Biden, with a Lifetime Achievement Award for mentoring more than 8000 black business owners.

With concierge tax services for businesses, TakeAway Tax is a rapidly growing franchise that trains others interested in owning their own franchise in addition to providing tax preparation for organizations of all sizes.

"TakeAway Tax really understands the combined power of entrepreneurship, communication and business development and it will be an honor to share insights on small business growth with their attendees," said Dr. Trayham. "When we come together to pool our wisdom, experience and vision, our businesses all benefit from this collective knowledge and awareness."

The Tax Business Conference, to be held at The Ballroom at Bayou Place in Houston's Theater District, will convene tax professionals and firms to share ideas and insights to bolster business and inspire entrepreneurship throughout the industry.

Trayham's previous national speaking and marketing campaigns include VistaCreate, Cheddar News and Country Financial, among others. Her previous speaking engagements include the American Heart Association, Georgia Power, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Greater Phoenix Urban League, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Texas Black Expo and many more.

About Dr. Velma Trayham:

Dr. Velma Trayham is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, speaker and economic empowerment specialist who believes in the power of inclusive, equitable businesses to create community and spark change. The CEO of Thinkzilla Consulting Group, which brings greater awareness to initiatives that support underserved communities, Dr. Trayham also founded the Millionaire Mastermind Academy, which has mentored more than 8,000 minority women business owners in its first three years. For more information, please visit https://thinkzillaconsulting.com/

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