RISE Sessions

African American Entrepreneurship: Learning from the Past, Building for the Future


1800 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701

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Topics: General Entrepreneurship, Inspirational/Aspirational


About This Session

This session provides both a historic look at the development of Black-owned businesses, and the contemporary programs and resources that can help grow Black businesses today and in the future.

Dr. Walker will be co-presenting this sessions with Hopeton Hay.

Hopeton Hay is Manager of The University of Texas System HUB Technical Assistance Program. He is responsible for coordinating technical assistance, training, and market development for minority and women-owned construction and construction related firms interested in pursuing contracting opportunities on The University of Texas System construction projects. He has over 20 years experience managing programs that promote the growth and development of small, minority, and women-owned businesses. The programs he has managed has helped minoriity and women entrepreneurs obtain millions of dollars in loans, surety bonds, and contracts. He is also the host and producer of Economic Perspectives, a weekly radio talk show on KAZI 88.7 FM in Austin that covers small business, finance, and economic development issues. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Xavier University of Louisiana and has completed graduate work at the University of New Orleans and Tulane University School of Business.