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Good Soil Forum Hosts Major Seed Capital Competition to Boost U.S. Small Business Ownership

Good Soil Forum Hosts Major Seed Capital Competition to Boost U.S. Small Business Ownership

T.D. Jakes Enterprises, a social impact company led by Chairman T.D. Jakes and the brainchild behind the Good Soil Movement, is looking to make North Texas home to a confluence of ideas, events and business-related social hot-spots ahead of Juneteenth and Black Music Month by bringing the annual Good Soil Forum to the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas on June 13-15, 2024.

The long-time entrepreneur and faith leader is utilizing the Good Soil Forum as a moment to highlight the nation’s and particularly Dallas’ thriving entrepreneurial, business and cultural scene in turn bringing thousands of people and millions of dollars to the area. Dallas consistently ranks near the top of annual economic studies, across the U.S. that cite the North Texas’ region as being good for small business growth, small business employment and hourly earnings growth. Media credentialing is now open, and applications may be submitted online.

“Our mission within the Good Soil movement is to increase generational wealth and empowerment by nurturing the entrepreneurs that are often under-resourced,” said Michael Phillips, chief operating officer of T.D. Jakes Enterprises. “The Good Soil Forum breaks the cycle of under-resourced entrepreneurs leaving events inspired but unequipped. Thriving despite limited resources, entrepreneurs inspire us. This June we’ll celebrate past and present leaders who built a path for future generations. It’s the first step in a multi-year plan to cultivate a thriving cultural hub for music, entrepreneurship, and innovation in Texas – a space where inspiration meets practical tools to empower business growth and lasting success.”

With the theme of “The Rhythm of Entrepreneurship,” this year will include inspiring keynote sessions in which entrepreneurs can hear from visionary leaders and industry trailblazers for insights empowering attendees to navigate the entrepreneurial landscape with confidence and creativity. This year’s featured participants, panelists in fireside chats and breakout sessions include:

  • Tabitha Brown, Emmy Award Winning Actress and NYT Bestselling Author & Entrepreneur
  • Pinky Cole, Founder & Owner of Slutty Vegan
  • Arian Simone, Co-founder & CEO of the Fearless Fund
  • Richelieu Dennis, Founder & CEO of Sundial Brands
  • Charles King, Founder & CEO of MACRO

Also serving as an effort to create a convergence of minds and missions, Good Soil Forum will feature educational fireside chats, breakout sessions and hands-on workshops in which business leaders can learn and participate in key conversations on a variety of topics from business planning and marketing strategies to financial management and leadership development, equipping them with practical skills and knowledge to elevate their business. The Good Soil Forum will also feature a vibrant marketplace with a diverse array of vendors, from tech startups to artisanal craftspeople, a unique opportunity to network, discover new products and services, and gain inspiration for attendees’ entrepreneurial ventures.

“Stand Together Foundation is proud to partner with T.D. Jakes Enterprises to help more people realize their American Dream through entrepreneurship,” said Evan Feinberg, senior vice president of Stand Together and chairman of Stand Together Foundation. “If successful, this effort will not only help many people realize their full potential but will demonstrate what’s possible in this country when we change our mindset away from what people lack and toward what they can accomplish.”  

T.D. Jakes Enterprises and the Stand Together community are also partnering on an ambitious national initiative to inspire new and growing entrepreneurs in under- resourced communities. The effort is centered around a peer-to-peer platform of entrepreneurs and connecting those on the platform to the coaching, technical support, services, and networks they need to grow their companies.


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