Black Business Month Luncheon


Join us on August 12, 2022 at the Beloit Historical Society (845 Hackett St, Beloit, WI 53511) for our Black Business Month Luncheon and Awards ceremony.

August is National Black Business Month. Join Rock County Jumpstart to celebrate and honor several small business owners and one amazing mentor. Congratulations to:

  • Clippers & Curls – Legacy Award
  • RonMar Tasty Popcorn – Business of the Year
  • Montalvo and Son Services – Lotus Award
  • Paquita Reddish-Purnell of (Blessed Divine Creations) – Peer Mentor of the Year
  • Anne Hlavacka (UW-La Crosse Small Business Development Center) – Mentor of the Year

Jason Fields, President and CEO of Madison Region Economic Partnership, will join us as a guest speaker. Prior to joining MadREP, he served as a Wisconsin State Legislator. He is founder of The Financial Promise Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization that teaches personal financial & business literacy. He is also the Founder and Managing Director of Dark Knight Capital Ventures, a venture fund that seeks to invest in underrepresented founders across America.

Opening remarks by Regina Dunkin, President of the Beloit City Council

Other confirmed speakers:

Celestino Ruffini, CEO, Visit Beloit

The luncheon is free and open to the public, but registration is required because seating is limited. Lunch will be catered by award-winning Backyard Barbecue.


Black Business Month Luncheon - Beloit, Janesville, Rock County

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Rock County Jumpstart

Our Partners

Blackhawk Technical College Madison Black Chamber of Commerce Madison College Center for Enrtrepreneurship

Alliant EnergyAssociated BankSBDC University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse

Rock County Jumpstart is a fiscally sponsored project of
Center for Community Stewardship (C4CS), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Rock County Jumpstart
2080 Sutler Ave.
Beloit, WI 53511

Rock County Jumpstart is a business resource for Black and Latino business owners in Rock County, WI.