Ezell’s Famous Chicken Co-Founders Launch Inaugural Rudd’s R.U.B.B Initiative Black Business Leadership Conference

Attendees will be connected to sustainable education, tangible resources, and networking opportunities with full scholarships available for the first 50 registrants that need assistance

In 2021, Ezell’s Famous Chicken Co-Founders Lewis and Darnell Rudd, along with their sister Faye Stephens, in partnership with DoorDash and other partners in prosperity, introduced the Rudd’s R.U.B.B. (Raising Up Black Businesses) Initiative, a precedent-setting initiative designed to financially empower Black-owned businesses with no-strings attached business grants to 20 Black-owned businesses and organizations in the Pacific Northwest. As they started the process, it became apparent that in addition to financial support, access to information, education, and networking opportunities would also be incredibly important for a lot of black owned businesses in the community.

“As I reviewed applications and met with many of these businesses, I began to look back on the journey of where Ezell’s came from to now having access to an advisory team/board, legal structures, and accounting structures.” says Lewis Rudd of Ezell’s Fried Chicken. “Reflecting on that as well as the conferences that I’ve gone to over the years where, in many cases, I would be one of 3-5 black business owners in the room, I began to understand the importance and need for Black business owners to be able to come into a space where they can gain access to information and resources that they may not even know are there.”

This August, in honor of #NationalBlackBusinessMonth, Rudd’s R.U.B.B. Initiative is thrilled to launch the Inaugural Black Business Leadership Conference on August 20 to further educate and elevate black business owners in the state of Washington – and Ezell’s Famous Chicken is offering full scholarships for the first fifty (50) registrants that need assistance.  

Black business owners face challenges on many fronts, and these challenges were made worse by the pandemic. There is a growing understanding that barriers to advancement have been systemic and layered, but when Black business owners have access to the resources, information, and tools they need; they can succeed. Rudd’s R.U.B.B. Initiative is committed to being a part of the solution. 

The conference will offer networking opportunities, educational content, connection sessions, and beautiful views of the bay from their rooftop. 

Tickets are $65/person.

There is a virtual only option for $25/person to make the conference as accessible as possible. 

Space is limited – reserve your spot as soon as possible online through eventbrite

Conference Program

Keynote Speakers:

  • Expand Your Business through TikTok with Keisha Credit, Your Business Bestie
  • Learn the Art of Storytelling with KD Hall, KD Hall Communications
  • Consider Partnership Agreements and other Legal Documents with Dwight Wheaton, Cairn Cross & Hempelmann Attorneys at Law

Additional Conference Program Sessions:

  • Brand, Sales and Marketing
  • Professional Development
  • Legal and Operations
  • Financial Management
  • Brand Like a Large Corporation
  • Upgrade Your Bio
  • Maximize Your Trademarks
  • Join the 800 Credit Score Elite
  • Deliver World-Class Experiences
  • Become a Franchisor or Franchisee
  • Finesse Your Business Credit
  • Appeal to International Demographic
  • Automate Your Systems and Enhance
  • User Experience
  • Consider Partnership Agreements and
  • other Legal Documents
  • Access to Alternative Capital (Panel)
  • Develop an App for your business
  • Manage Your Emotional Intelligence
  • Manage Risk and Continuity Planning
  • Increase My Cash Flow
  • Convert more through Your Sales
  • Funnel
  • Deep Dive into Government Contracting
  • Save Money on Taxes + Other
  • Bookkeeping Tips

Conference Date & Time
Sat, August 20, 2022
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM PDT

Conference Location
Miller Nash LLP
Pier 70
2801 Alaskan way #300
Seattle, WA 98121

Scholarships
Scholarship requests can be emailed to RUBB@ezellsfamouschicken.com.

Covid Protocol
All participants who are in-person are required to adhere to the standards of Miller Nash LLP being that visitors must be vaccinated or have a negative PCR test. All participants will be asked to complete a visitor check in form attesting to their health and vaccination status.

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