National Entrepreneurs Association and Mike Ilitch School of Business present...

Power Up
Your Business!

October 11, 2019 in Detroit 

@ Wayne State University 

Mike Ilitch School of Business

Technology has revolutionized the world creating tools and resources that make accessing information easier and faster than ever! Regardless of your niche, entrepreneurs must keep pace with the times. This one-day event is designed to train entrepreneurs to grow and sustain successful businesses using today's technology. Join hundreds of entrepreneurs and learn new ways to accelerate your growth with the help of our sponsors at "Grow with Google"

What to Expect

Educational Sessions


Sessions will focus on simple ways you can use technology to maximize your efforts in every area of your business. Topics include: increasing your online presence, digital tools, podcasting, financial literacy, funding & professional networking online.

Business Resources


You'll learn about the many online resources that can save you time and money and change the way you do business. Professionals will be on hand to discuss a variety of tools entrepreneurs have used to make money using a laptop and a phone. 

Power Networking


Business is about relationships and at this event you'll have endless opportunities to connect with industry giants and experts from organizations like Google, Goldman Sachs, Better Business Bureau, NEA and Mike Ilitch School of Business. 

Morning Keynote Speaker


Tommey Walker became his own boss at the age of 25. In 2012 the Detroit native became the owner and creator of Detroit VS Everybody which was introduced as an apparel line but has since been adopted as the cities motto. In five short years, Detroit VS Everybody has grown from an online retail store to a global brand with six storefront locations. The impact of the brand has reached well into the world of sports, news and entertainment and caught the attention of many celebrities including Big Sean, Drake and Nas. The mantra has also been licensed to Eminem and Shady Records for an ongoing "Shady Vs. Everybody".  Learn how a local entrepreneur, who started online, became a global brand in just a few years.

Afternoon Keynote Speaker



Since 1989 Paul Glantz has focused his efforts on building entrepreneurial businesses. Mr. Glantz has been the driving force behind the development and operation of Metro Detroit’s Emagine Theatres. Serving as the CEO of Emagine Novi, Emagine Canton, Emagine Rochester Hills, Emagine Royal Oak, and Emagine Macomb, he raised over $55 million in capital to initiate those ventures, and in doing so, brought his concept of an exemplary entertainment experience to reality. Emagine’s theatres were recognized by the readers of The Detroit News as the “Best Theatres in Michigan” for three years. WDIV Detroit viewers also voted Emagine as Detroit’s best theatres for two years in a row. In addition to Emagine, Glantz grew an insurance company into a 50 million dollar business. Mr. Glantz will deliver the closing keynote and receive the NEA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Google Training with Angelina Darrisaw


Angelina is a speaker for the Grow with Google partner program. She helps Google bridge the digital divide by offering free coaching and resources to over 2,500 N.Y.-based diverse small businesses. She’s helped these businesses strategically revamp their digital outreach strategies through over 60 in-person programs.

As the founder of C-Suite Coach, a career-coaching platform that provides accessible professional development resources to diverse working professionals, Angelina collaborates with employers to create business solutions that empower and educate teams, as well as retain and engage diverse employees.  C-Suite Coach has been featured in Business Insider, Fast Company, Forbes, Thrive Global, Essence, and career sites such as, and Angelina holds an M.A. in Management from Wake Forest University, a Certificate of Coaching from New York University and a B.A. in Political Science from Davidson College. She is a Former Miss NY USA finalist and former Pantene brand ambassador.

Angelina will lead two Google training sessions, "Reach Customers Online with Google" and "Google Digital Skills for Everyday Tasks"

Social Media Training with Jessie Metzler

Jessie Metzler is a one-of-a-kind social media strategist whose special skills lie in helping business owners be right on top of things with their social media presence – whether that is via training, direct management of their various social platforms – or both. 

Jessie dove in head first into the disruptive world of social media marketing in 2012 where she took over the reins of a marketing and public relations firms’ efforts with their book of clients. There she discovered the true power of social media and why businesses must stand out on digital platforms where the world now shares, shop and sell. Today she manages a diverse book of clients ranging from technology, health, green products to ---you name it!  

Jessie earned a Bachelors in Communications from Michigan State University and a Masters in Business from Walsh College. She will lead a session on professional networking online.


Breakout Session Speakers Include:

Monica Wheat


Tech Entrepreneur and Co Founder

of Detroit Start Up Week

Lydia Michael


Founder and CEO of Blended Collective: Multicultural Marketing

Robin Kinnie


 President of Motor City Woman and 

Audio Engineers of Detroit



8:30am - 9am



Event Details

8:30am - 9am


Registration and badge pick up.


8:30am - 9am

Breakfast / Meet & Greet


Event Details

8:30am - 9am

Breakfast / Meet & Greet

Join us for breakfast and networking to get things started.

Catered by Aramark


9am - 9:45am

Welcome and Morning Keynote

Lear Auditorium

Event Details

9am - 9:45am

Welcome and Morning Keynote

ZaLonya Allen, PhD, President of National Entrepreneurs Association

Dr. Jeffrey Stoltman, Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programs, WSU Mike Ilitch School of Business 

Morning Keynote, Tommey Walker, Creator of Detroit VS Everybody

"The Walker Rules to Success: The Story of Detroit VS Everybody"

Lear Auditorium

9:45am - 10am

Exhibitor Networking Break


Event Details

9:45am - 10am

Exhibitor Networking Break

We invite you to connect with our exhibitors and attendees.


10am - 10:45am

Breakout Sessions - Round One


Event Details

10am - 10:45am

Breakout Sessions - Round One

Millennials Talk Tech Panel: NEW Strategies to Grow Your Business! 

Instant Credibility: How to Launch a Podcast In Your Niche

Money & Matrix: Developing Interactive Dashboards to Measure Your Company's Success - Goldman Sachs Panel Discussion


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About Us


National Entrepreneurs Association

 The National Entrepreneurs Association is a 501c3 non profit organization created to help entrepreneurs grow and sustain successful businesses. We focus on creating quality networking experiences so that entrepreneurs can build relationships and get the information and training needed to be successful. NEA hosts monthly networking events that are well attended by serious entrepreneurs and business resource providers who have a genuine interest in collaborating. Upon completion of our unique training program, members become NEA certified entrepreneurs. 



Event Organizer: ZaLonya Allen, PhD

  In her role as President of the National Entrepreneurs Association ZaLonya organizes educational events for entrepreneurs. She has an extensive background in the meetings industry having worked on both sides of the industry, in front of national audiences as a subject matter expert and behind the scenes as an event organizer. She has been planning small & large scale events for 8 years. She is a graduate of University of Michigan, Wayne State University and North Central University. She earned a BA and PhD in Psychology, a BA in Sociology and a MA in Industrial Relations and uses her training to coach entrepreneurs on "mindset." Dr. Allen is a member of the National Speakers Association and the American Psychological Association.



Conference Registration

Before Oct 1st: $97.00

After Oct 1st: $125.00

*Includes all sessions plus breakfast & lunch.

*Call for info on group rates.

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