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Millennial Entrepreneurs Take Center Stage in NYC During National Small Business Week

Obama Cabinet Member and SBA MBK Millennial Entrepreneur Champion NYC Unplugged: A Conversation with Millennials in Business
Release Date: 
Monday, April 27, 2015
Release Number: 
Carol Wilkerson (205) 205-8520

WASHINGTON, D.C. –During the fourth day of  National Small Business Week, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and SBA’s My Brother’s Keeper Millennial Entrepreneur Champion Mike Muse will bring together Millennials in NYC on May 7 for a town hall conversation focused around entrepreneurship. Muse, a successful music executive and radio personality who has been able to sustain his success throughout his career will host the event highlighting the individual journeys of a diverse set of entrepreneurs. NYC Unplugged will place emphasis on the importance of inclusive entrepreneurship—acknowledging entrepreneurs whose stories show exactly why America needs to foster more opportunities across all communities, especially in minority communities, to help us compete in the global market. The conversation will provide an opportunity for attendees to hear from successful Millennial entrepreneurs within various industries across NYC, ranging from fashion, culinary, manufacturing, to venture capital.

Featured panelists include Aliya Lee Kong, Culinary entrepreneur; Idyl & Ayaan Mohallim, of Mataano, Matthew Burnett, of Maker’s Row, Navin Thukkaram, serial entrepreneur and investor, and Miguel McKelvey of WeWork.

According to recent data from the Kauffman Foundation, 54% of Millennials want to start a business or already have started one. SBA continues to foster the growth of Millennial startups through many outreach efforts including a Millennial Road Show that is a part of SBA’s “My Brother’s Keeper Initiative,” a Presidential priority to ensure that all young people have opportunities to improve their life outcomes and overcome barriers to success. SBA’s initiative will focus on outreach and education to help America’s Millennial generation improve their entrepreneurial skills and pave the way to encourage the next wave of entrepreneurs.

Each year since 1963, the president of the United States has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. This year National Small Business Week will be recognized from May 4-8 with national events planned in Miami/Boca Raton, Los Angeles, San Antonio, New York and Washington, D.C.

The public is invited to the NYC Unplugged: A Conversations with Millennials in Business at LinkedIn, in the Empire State Building. To attend the free event register at:


LinkedIn - New York
Empire State Building
New York, NY
Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 6:00-9:30 p.m. (EDT)

6:00 p.m. - Pre-reception
6:30 p.m. - JP Morgan Chase Welcome & Introduction of Host, Mike Muse
6:35 p.m. - Mike Muse Welcome & Interview SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet
6:50 p.m. - Panel #1: Millennial Entrepreneur Conversation
7:40 p.m. - Panel #2: Social Media Conversation
8:15 p.m. - Closing & Reception
9:30 p.m. - Event concludes

*Agenda is subject to change

Events throughout the week will be live-streamed on SBA’s website at Make sure to check in during the event for live social media engagement, using the hashtag #DreamSmallBiz. For more information on the national events please visit:


About Mike Muse
Mike Muse is CEO of record label, Muse Recordings, and has established himself as a strategic outreach & engagement expert. Mike Muse is leading the conversations around the country on the business of music, pop culture and its intersection with politics. For more on Mike Muse view his official biography.




Small Business Week 2015 sponsors include: Chase, Microsoft, Colonial Life, Office Depot, yp, ADP, Visa, PayPal, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Facebook, National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders, CT Corporation, Sam’s Club, Como, Indeed, Manta, Marriott, Raytheon.

Cosponsorship Authorization # SBW 2015. SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any Cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA/SCORE programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact: SCORE is partially funded by SBA Cooperative Agreement No. SBAHQ-14-S-0001.