The #BYOB Retreat, which focuses on entrepreneurial development, was organized by Andrew Nguyen and held this past Saturday and Sunday at the Omi Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The #BYOB Retreat attracted a large community of black entrepreneurs, business owners as well hopeful entrepreneurs. There were over 30 workshops with discussions ranging from social media marketing and mental health awareness, to real estate and “how to save your first $10,000.” Each panel was approximately one hour long with a few minutes reserved at the end of each session for questions.
Ticket prices began at $95 for general admission and went up to almost $500 for VIP packages. While general admission offered an excellent package VIP offered some very attractive additional options. One of those options is VIP seating, while the event offered plenty of seating VIP attendees were given front row priority. Unless you have a near perfect memory or quick note taking capabilities one of the other really awesome VIP services includes copies of all workshop sessions. I have not yet received the footage but I am very excited to go back over some of the great discussions that were had. There were so many valuable and tangible takeaways that can be applied to people at many stages of their entrepreneurial path.
As most of you may already know I am a “DMV” native so as soon as I realized it would be at the Omni Hotel in in Washington, DC I immediately took it as a sign and purchased my tickets. DC is known to be home of many legends and vast number of living legends. There is so much talent in the city it excites tourist who promise to return to visit more of what DC has to offer. There were lunch breaks each day that allowed you a couple of hours to venture up Connecticut avenue and grab a bite to eat, or take even more pictures because what else do you do but take picture when they have a photo booth station and a Verizon photo and boomerang booth. The Verizon photo booth even sent instant copies of your pics and videos to your email. Verizon also sponsored the event and gave out free Casemate phone cases which were a huge hit.
For the price of the ticket you received a ton of very important information. While those who were unable to come in person were able to livestream the event for only $40 the overall ability to network with likeminded individuals who have similar goals and can be potential partners is invaluable. One of the most important things to do when starting any business is to network; your net worth depends on your network, you need to seize any opportunity you can to meet new people, potential partners or even investors. I would most certainly buy the tickets again next year but I plan to be on the panel and very much living my best life with all the tools I have been given after this weekend. If you haven’t gotten your tickets for next year’s event yet you just may want to today, pre-orders have started for the 2019 #BYOB Retreat Memorial Weekend in Atlanta, GA and the price is only $75 for general admission.
Check out some of my #BYOB Retreat pics below.
Make sure check back soon for more footage from the #BYOB retreat.