Black Entrepreneurs Share Experience, Advice at Jack London Square Summit

(Left to right) Marketing Kings owner, Tyranny Allen, Deanna Roberts, owner DR Roberts Events Management; Justin Pitts, owner Justin Pitts Training and Consulting; Jacques Pryor, KBLX; Dwayne V. Davis, owner Life’s Unlimited Possibilities.

Goal-setting has always been a part of Dwayne V. Davis’ life.

The businessman and youth mentor is launching a new company that he says will help people reach their highest potential. Using the theme “See it. Believe it. Achieve it,”  Life’s Unlimited Possibilities pledges to show people how to live a limitless life.

“By identifying where you are and where you want to go, my company can assist any individual with a dream,” said Davis. “With the right coaching and guidance, anything is possible. Businesses can thrive in this economy. There is so much territory to be claimed.”

Davis recently hosted a panel discussion at Scott’s Restaurant in Oakland’s Jack London Square featuring expertise, resources and insights with four panelists representing event planning, branding, marketing and coaching.

Deanna Roberts of DR Roberts Events Management shared how her first projects were weddings and eventually expanded to First Fridays networking and social gatherings.

After working for the Warriors and Raiders, she now has multiple Fortune 500 commercial clients and international projects. “When you have a reputation for taking great care of your clients, your business can expand even through word of mouth,” said Roberts. “Also, stay in tune with your industry trends and changes.”

Marketing Kings owner Tyranny Allen spoke of touring with Digital Underground for two years. The writer-producer said he made $60,000 at the time but came home with $2,000. “That was a real game-changer and I began to build my own businesses,” said Allen. With a branding agency, four barbershops, a boutique and several ventures on the horizon, Allen is now an Oakland-based serial entrepreneur.

“You have to be willing to brand yourself, be committed, open doors for the next generation, and leave your legacy,” he said.

For Jacques Pryor of KBLX, working hard has always been his focus. From the days of KBLX Brunch to owning the Kimball’s East night club, Pryor was known as booking more artists in Bay Area venues than anyone else at the time. Many never knew that Pryor was the very first African American to promote concerts at the Oakland Coliseum. Pryor is currently using his business savvy to invest in technology.

“You have to always work hard, stay focused and always know your ROI (return on investment).”

Guest speaker Justin Pitts became a millionaire at 23 making $6.5 million and lost it three months later. The business coach and author of  “The Summit,” says his success now at 32 gives him an edge in life.

“You learn and grow from your mistakes, but don’t let that stop you,” he said. Through Justin Pitts Training and Consulting, Pitts now has 5,000 consulting clients and 67 trainers. “It’s not how you begin, but how you finish,” said Pitts.


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