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ABOUT US 

February 21, 2019

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 

Robbins Community Center 13800 Trumbull Ave. 

Robbins, IL 60472, USA

The 2020 MEISS EXPO (MINORITY ENTREPRENEUR INTERACTIVE SOLUTION SYMPOSIUM) , hosted by Mayor Tyrone Ward brings together public and private sector influencers to help provide resources to minority entrepreneurs in the South Suburban Chicagoland area.

  • KEYNOTE PANEL (NEXT LEVEL MOVERS & SHAKERS)

  • PRESENTATIONS & WORKSHOPS

  • PUBLIC & PRIVATE SECTOR PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

  • START-UP AND SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES

  • RESEARCH VIRTUAL OFFICES & INCUBATORS

  • FINANCIAL TOOLS, GRANTS & PROGRAMS

 

2020 MEET THE HOSTS

 
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Mayor Tyrone Ward serves as creator and host of the 2019 MEISS Expo. His goal is to bring together partners from both the public and private sector to facilitate minority entrepreneurial engagement in the South Suburban Chicagoland area. His mission to transform Robbins to a regional hub for industry, technology and workforce development was crucial in fostering partnerships with MWRD, CMAP, OAI and other private companies  excited to take part in such groundbreaking community projects. 

Along with serving his second term as Mayor of the historic Village of Robbins, Illinois, Tyrone Ward also serves in a leadership role as the Vice President of SSMMA (South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association) as well as Vice President for Southland Regional Mayors Black Caucus. He is also a member of the Blue Island/Robbins Neighborhood Network and the NAACP. Mayor Wards previous public sector experience includes President of the Robbins Park District and Trustee of the Village of Robbins. 

Mayor Ward is a proud member of his community. Born and raised in Robbins, he is a member of Union Missionary Baptist Church, the Greater Robbins Elks Lodge #1642, a member of Masonic Lodge #121 and has served as a teacher as well as in several other capacities in the local school districts. His most treasured accomplishment is the founding of the Lillian Bryant Spearmon-Ward Foundation after his mother.

Mayor Tyrone Ward holds an Associates Degree in Psychology, a Bachelors Degree in Human Resources, a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Masters Degree in Education Administration. 

His motto is: I will strive to be a positive, public vessel & conduit for all...

Host & Keynote Panel Moderator

MAYOR TYRONE WARD

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Born and raised in Robbins, Illinois, Yvonne Moore is an entrepreneur, creative director and tv host.  Her experience also includes more than thirteen years in social services. Here she helped clients hone their job search and interview skills. Yvonne is also known for her passion for the creative arts. Her creativity has enabled her to take on an additional skill in involving set design. She has designed sets and backdrops for a number of mediums, including: reality television, dance, stage plays, and museums.   A “home grown” arts advocate, Yvonne is proud to use her creative voice in the black community. 

Co-host & Entrepreneur

YVONNE MOORE

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AC Green is the youngest of six siblings born and raised in Chicago. His parents are well known in Chicago’s faith community as his late father was a Baptist Pastor and his mother an evangelist, choir director and youth leader. The Green household was one that provided a strong spiritual foundation and the appreciation of music was encouraged.

At an early age, AC began to express himself through music by writing and learning to play various keyboard instruments. His passion and gift for music helped him to develop into a very talented keyboard player and musical composer.

Having outstanding skills as a gospel musician along with his mother’s belief that his leadership would produce phenomenal results encouraged her to transfer her position as choir director to him, thus creating the start of his exceptional musical career.

AC studied music under the mentorship of famed saxophonist Bunky Green at Chicago State University as well as music legend Eddie Thomas. AC’s Musical Resume includes many of his songs being played on radio stations across the country. His true gospel roots lead him to produce live shows for such artist as Fred Hammond, Hezekiah Walker, Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams and various others.

 

As a young entrepreneur and artist at heart, AC used the highly political town of Chicago as his backdrop and began composing and creating musical jingles and commercial campaigns for Chicago’s former Mayor Richard Daley and other elected officials. His experience in producing innovative jingles led him to a priceless highlight in his career when he created the famed slogan “Yes We Can” for none other than President Barack Obama.

AC is known for being “The man that makes things happen.” He is a strong advocate for giving back to the community and has great empathy for others and personally speaks with and provides help to thousands of listeners who reach out to him.

AC is the author of the book “Back2Zero: Winning Against All Odds”. His book details how he was able to overcome his challenges and how others can fight to reach their highest potential.

Radio Personality and Entreprenuer

AC GREEN

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Tenacious, driven, high-spirited, empathic, benevolence are a few words that describes Carol’s path to success. A true goal getter, Carol E. Bell has functioned in dual roles, Executive Officer of Business Development for East Lake Management & Development Corporation, one of Chicago’s premier property management and development firms. Also, Carol sat as Vice President of B. Coleman Aviation, LLC, a state-of-the-art general aviation operator for privately owned and operated aircraft. B. Coleman is a wholly-owned entity of East Lake.

At East Lake, Carol identifies business opportunities and acquisitions to diversify the company’s capital assets portfolio. Carol’s highly skilled business acumen helped and led the execution of B. Coleman Aviation administrative operations; named in honor of Bessie Coleman, (the first African-American female pilot). B. Coleman owns and charters top brand aircraft for private air travel, manages privately owned aircraft, maintains and repairs most aircraft brands and brokers aircraft acquisitions.

Prior to joining East Lake/B. Coleman in 2015, Carol was a member of Honorable Pat Quinn’s cabinet, former Illinois Governor, as the Director of Women's Business Development for Illinois. She advocated for the economic development and sustainability of women enterprises and entrepreneurs. Carol created and implemented the State of Illinois' first women's business owners’ symposium (WBOS). Prior to working for the State of IL for many years, Carol was the Chief Financial Officer & Executive Director of Corporate Finance for Real Times Media Group, owner of six newspapers, including the legendary Chicago Defender newspaper.

Carol is the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for century –old Ada S. McKinley Social Services, a $40M agency, University Trustee and Chancellor Advisor for East West University, and senior consultant for Chicago Reader newspaper. Other affiliations: National Newspapers & Publishers Association and What If...Carolyn L. Adams Breast Cancer Foundation, founding member. Carol has been recognized with several awards professionally and for her charitable services. She has also orated as commencement speaker for numerous graduation ceremonies from collegiate to grade school.

A Chicago native and proud product of the Chicago public school system, she earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Masters certification at Northwestern University's Kellogg Finance Program.

Executive Officer, Business Development, East Lake Management & Development Corp.

CAROL E. BELL

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Carolyn is the CEO and Founder of “Carolyn’s Kids Foundation” that meets the financial and supplemental needs of elementary aged students in disadvantaged communities to enhance their academic, social, and emotional growth.  Carolyn’s Kids Foundation has awarded scholarships to 8th grade students since 2014 to assist in paying for high school fees. In June 2019, the CKF Foundation awarded 100 8th grade students over $10,000.    In addition…CKF also has opened and supplied “Cool Stores” in elementary schools across the city to use as incentives to promote positive behavior, attendance and excellence in the classrooms. In addition to financial support the foundation supplies coats, shoes and hygiene products to elementary schools and students in needs.

Currently, Mrs. Palmer is a columnist for the Chicago Defender Newspaper where she covers events, activities and the Who’s Who in the Chicagoland area weekly in “CP Around Town”.   She also serves as Vice-President of the School Board for the Matteson School District 159. 

Among her awards are:  “2011 Woman of Excellence”, Chicago Defender; Kizzy Award, Black Women’s Hall of Fame, Mayor Harold Washington and Mayor Richard Daley Outstanding Educator and Role Model Awards and Outstanding Administrator Award from U.S. Congressman Danny Davis, Best dressed African American Women Award, Society of Mannequins;  Lifetime Achievement Award from Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and the recipient of the National Women of Achievement Profiles of Prominence Award; Chicago Pan Hellenic Council “Legacy Award”.  She was also selected as the “Top 10 Community Leaders to Watch” by the Chicago Citizen Newspapers. Chicago Pan Hellenic Council “Lifetime Achievement Award”; 2010 Jackson State University, Chicago Chapter Alumni of the Year; Top Ladies of Distinction “Orchid Award”, South Suburban Chapter; 2018 Far South Community Humanitarian Award; 2011 Chicago Defender’s “Women of Excellence”; Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated Upsilon Sigma Chapter, Inc.; South Suburban Chapter of the Top Ladies of Distinction and TLOD, Inc. Lincoln Park Chapter Crown Jewel Award, “Illuminating Treasure”.  2018 JUG’S, Achievement Award; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Zeta Tau Zeta Chapter, “2019 Community Leader Award”; “Heart of Gold Award “, Epsilon Nu Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated;  2018 True Star Award, Carolyn Kid’s Foundation; 2017 Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.  “Outstanding Achievement Award”; 2019 Legacy Award,  GGG Ministries; 2019 Jackson State University Outstanding National Award for Achievement.

Humanitarian, Founder and CEO of Carolyn's Kids Foundation

CAROLYN GRIFFIN PALMER

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Since taking office, Davis' top legislative priorities include education funding, increased health care availability, supplier diversity, and economic development. He understands that small businesses are the backbone of our community and has been a vocal advocate for bringing new jobs to our area as well as advocating for workplace equity. 

In 2005, Rep. Davis helped make Illinois the first state in the nation to guarantee access to quality and affordable health care for all children. Working continuously to improve health care, he has supported legislation to address cardiovascular disease, prostate cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer. 

In 2017 Illinois took bold steps in the way it funded education. Davis was the chief House sponsor of SB1947, the Evidence-Based Funding model for school funding reform. Illinois adopted an evidenced-based model as a pathway to redefine how it distributes money to school districts. Since its passage, Illinois allocated millions of new dollars to that effort.

 

Davis is an Assistant Majority Leader in the 101st General Assembly and serves on several committees in the House of Representatives. Davis serves as the Leadership representative on the Appropriations-Elementary & Secondary Education Committee. Davis also serves on the following committees: Appropriations-Capital, Appropriations Public Safety, Energy and Trade & Commerce, and is Chairman of the Minority/Disadvantage Analysis Subcommittee of the Labor & Commerce Committee. He additionally, serves as a Commissioner on the Budgeting for Results Commission as well as the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission. 

Davis has been recognized with "Legislator of the Year" awards from the Illinois Association of Code Enforcement, Illinois Primary Healthcare Association, Illinois School Counselor Association, and Illinois Association of Park Districts. Davis is a former Joint Chairman of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. 

Davis' 30th District includes all or portions of Blue Island, Dixmoor, Dolton, East Hazel Crest, Flossmoor, Harvey, Hazel Crest, Homewood, Markham, Midlothian, Oak Forest, Phoenix, Posen, Riverdale, and Robbins.

Illinois State Representative 30th District

WILLIAM Q. DAVIS

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As seen on CNBC’s “The Job Interview,” Chrishon Lampley is a négociant, wine enthusiast, and founder of LCS Entertainment, LLC that features Love Cork Screw wines. Love Cork Screw is a lifestyle brand that launched six varietals in the fourth quarter of 2013. Since its inception, the LCS brand  has acquired over 50 locations including Mariano’s, Whole Foods, Target, and other Chicagoland area stores, restaurants, and bars. This rapid expansion is attributed to Lampley’s 14 years of experience in the industry, which has given her leverage to develop a keen awareness of what people enjoy and what the market is missing.

 

Lampley leverages her platform to mentor young women and budding entrepreneurs who can benefit from her lessons and her success. She gives her time and resources greatly to nonprofit organizations through sponsorship and speaking as a holistic brand, three wine-scented candles were added to the portfolio in 2014. These candles are currently available at Target locations, including three bonus scented candles.

 

In December 2018, Love Cork Screw introduced an online exclusive varietal of Rosé--We Go High.

Lampley has mentored youth through Urban Broadcast Media, Chicago Sky, and Polished Pebbles to encourage Chicago’s youth. She is a member and supporter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

 

LCS Entertainment, LLC is a licensed wholesaler and importer, a certified Minority Business Enterprise and a Women Business Enterprise.

Founder of LCS Entertainment, LLC

CHRISHON LAMPLEY

 
 
 
 
 
 

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3327 W 137th Street
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Email: aadams@robbins-il.com
Executive Assistant to Mayor Ward: Vanessa Marshall
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