Featured Presenter

Keynote Speaker



Michelle Mapp

serves as the CEO of the South Carolina Community Loan Fund, a nonprofit, mission based lender that has facilitated the development of more than $246 million in community development projects throughout South Carolina.  A certified Housing Development Finance Professional, Michelle has been with SCCLF for 11 years and has served in her current capacity for the past 6 years.

She currently serves on the board of directors for Business Development Corp., Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Charlotte Branch, Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation, SC Community Capital Alliance, TogetherSC, and on the SC Rural Action Plan Taskforce.  She is a Liberty Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.  A 2012 executive finalist for the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s Influential Women in Business, Michelle was recently named one of Charleston Magazine’s 50 Most Influential.


Gullah Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission

The Corridor is a federal National Heritage Area.  A  National Heritage Area is a site that represents a significant story of local, regional, national, and even global importance.  The designation of the Corridor as a federal National Heritage Area recognizes the Gullah Geechee people for maintaining their cultural traditions and for being an outstanding reflection of American values of ingenuity, pride, and perseverance. The intent of the designation is to help us to preserve and interpret the traditional cultural practices, sites, and resources associated with Gullah Geechee people.


SC African- American Heritage Commission

The movement toward recognizing the importance of preserving this cultural richness led to the passage of a joint resolution of the General Assembly in 1993 that established the South Carolina African American Heritage Council and to its establishment as a commission in 2001 by executive order. The mission of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission is to identify and promote the preservation of historic sites, structures, buildings, and culture of the African American experience in South Carolina and to assist and enhance the efforts of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. The 15-member commission includes representatives from all regions of the state.


Georgia African American Historic Preservation Network

GAAHPN provides assistance to anyone interested in preserving Georgia’s African American historic resources through presentations, site visits and Reflections. Reflections is a periodical featuring African American resources and stories from across Georgia. GAAHPN received a Leadership in History Award from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) for Reflections.GAAHPN continues to celebrate African American heritage in Georgia, with the hope that all Georgia communities will embrace diversity as a unique opportunity to enhance heritage tourism and historic preservation.


NC African- American Heritage Commission

The North Carolina General Assembly created the African American Heritage Commission (AAHC) in 2008 to “assist the Secretary of Cultural Resources in the preservation, interpretation, and promotion of African American history, arts, and culture.” With this legislation the AAHC has identified African American heritage practitioners, such as curators, docents, and museum directors, as priority service populations. The AAHC was recognized as a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources in 2016, after being housed in the the Office of Archives and History and the North Carolina Arts Council. The commission works across the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to achieve the mission of preserving, protecting, and promoting North Carolina’s African American history, art, and culture, for all people.


Michael Moore,

Michael Boulware Moore was named the president and CEO of the International African American Museum in February 2016 after serving as an IAAM board member for several years. He brings with him over two decades of experience in brand strategy, marketing, and entrepreneurship. After earning a political science degree from Syracuse University, he received his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He went on to Coca-Cola, where he managed the Coca-Cola brand in the US. After several years there, Moore pursued a number of senior roles in consumer packaged goods companies before leading a boutique strategy consulting firm in Atlanta, Georgia.


Katherine Saunders, 



Bobby Donaldson,

A native of Augusta, Georgia, Professor Donaldson received his undergraduate degree in History and African-American Studies from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and his Ph.D. in American History from Emory University. Previously, he held the Thurgood Marshall Fellowship at Dartmouth College and the Susan Biddle Ford Fellowship at the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.  Additionally, he has served as a consultant for museum exhibitions, archival collections, oral history initiatives, documentary films, and historic preservation projects, including the renovation of the Booker T. Washington High School in downtown Columbia. In 2008, the Historic Columbia Foundation awarded Dr. Donaldson and his students the Helen Kohn Hennig Prize for their documentary project on the Ward One community in downtown Columbia. Professor Donaldson received a Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award (2010); the John N. Gardner Inspirational Faculty Award (2015); and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Social Justice Award (2016).



The LDC is able to provide a variety of loan programs that can assist with most needs a small business could have. The LDC and its programs are structured to address the needs of underserved segments of the community. The LDC participates in many entrepreneurship activities with community resources, such as SCORE, the Small Business Development Center, and the Women’s Business Center.



SCORE provides Business Counseling for existing and new businesses, Mentoring & Business Training, Business Workshops & Webinars, Resources, Tools, Templates, Business Consultants, and Business Help Starting a Business.

Small Business Development Center

The Charleston Area SBDC provides one–on–one consultation to prospective and existing business owners. Assisting them to analyze business opportunities, develop business plans and strategies, and create small business loan packages, PTAC, manufacturing and industrial. These services are offered at no charge to the consumer and are available by appointment only. All services rendered by the Small Business Development Center are completely confidential.


MBE Office City of Charleston

The MWBE office assists potential entrepreneurs and existing small business owners through: Assisting potential entrepreneurs to identify and evaluate resources related to the start-up of his or her business, aiding existing business owners in the capacity of business growth and expansion, providing access to potential economic and financial opportunities through the use of business databases,



Economic Development Loans providing small business loans up to $25,000 to encourage economic development activities and promote opportunities for employment.


SC Community Loan Fund

We provide capital for the financing of community business by providing loans up to $1,000,000 to finance acquisition, predevelopment, infrastructure, construction, renovation, leasehold improvements, machinery and equipment, working capital, and permanent financing business costs, we support local economies.


Mayor Billy Keyserling,



Deloris Pringle, 



Joyce Wright, 




Brent Morris,



Dr. Lawrence ED