"All of it was really exceptional, the people were friendly, speakers were knowledgeable and engaging, and the conference was interactive with follow up steps on your own. It is a great starting point for beginning entrepreneurs."

“I loved the overall energy and encouragement the event provided.”

"St. Louis needs more events like this! It was wonderful to be in a room with so many other women and people of color with ambitions and dreams and VISION! The energy was great from the start and continued to the last second!"

“Thank you for this empowering conference and connecting us!”

Entrepreneur Stories


Meet the entrepreneurs behind some successful St. Louis startups - where they came from, how they got started, what challenges they're solving for, and advice for others.

VISION is the region's largest and ONLY inclusion innovation conference celebrating, educating, and supporting women, people of color, and foreign-born emerging entrepreneurs and existing business owners. No matter the stage of your business and no matter the size of your dream, we want you to join us for this one-of-a-kind conference.

 

In 2021, we’re back in person! Connecting and collaborating is a key element for Vision and we are so excited to be in person this year. Outdoor networking sessions will be available and social distancing will be a key factor for event design. Join us in one of the region’s leading innovation spaces, Innovation Hall, to collaborate with local experts and peers. Participate in group discussions targeted to your business needs, be inspired by entrepreneurs who have succeeded during challenging times, and build your network to help you with personal and professional goals.

 

This is an event for entrepreneurs, through and through!

NEW IN 2021 – ACCESS TO BUSINESS RESOURCES: free headshots, consultation with digital marketing experts, and on the spot ordering of business cards.

 

Interested in being a speaker? Learn more and apply here. Deadline to apply is July 22, 2021.

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VISION 2020

Thank you for speaking at Vision and sharing your journey and inspiration.

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MORNING SPEAKER:
KRISTY JACKSON
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KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
WINNIE ELIZABETH CALDWELL
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ATTEND VISION TO:

  • Learn how to start or grow your business, in any industry, with input from the region’s top innovators and entrepreneurs
     

  • Meet people from all backgrounds who have become financially successful through their small businesses
     

  • Access business resources to build your brand
     

  • Practice tangible tools to:

    • professionalize your offerings, growing from a “side hustle” to an established business

    • test whether your product fits your target market

    • build strategic relationships to strengthen your network and get more business

    • implement smart technology strategies to grow your business

    • find a healthy balance that includes both professional advancement and personal fulfillment

    • plus learn about financial operations (pro formas, basic financial documents, personal financial preparedness)  + financing (sources of capital, bootstrapping, organic growth)