2017 Black Business Banquet: Statistic Information Shared

For those who attended the 2017 Black Business Banquet held in Topeka KS on June 15th, we have attached the statistical data & information shared by our Keynote Speaker, Dell Gines, Sr Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank – Kansas City.

Since information is only as good as the speed in which it is acted on, how one use information is key to any potential success or to make substantive progress. At IBSA we collect, compile and disseminate data, facts and researched information in order for others to make sound decisions and to take decisive action.

We thank all in attendance; especially out of town guests, our Mayor & city staff, Christal Watson, Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce Regional President/CEO, the Banquet Catering & Setup Services provided by Ms Erma Forbes with E.A. Services, EMCEE Yasmari Rodriguez and of course, the exquisite table center-pieces by Janel Bills.

This years banquet would not have been a success without the generous support of our 2017 Banquet Sponsors:

Go Topeka


State of Kansas
Office of Minority & Women Business Development

Thank you…

Lazone Grays, Jr

IBSA, Inc.
629 SE Quincy
Topeka, KS 66603

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In The News…

The Topeka Capital-Journal

African-Americans face such challenges as a disproportionate unemployment rate and disproportionate amount of city procurement contracts going to non-black businesses, said Lazone Grays, president and CEO of IBSA.


The Community Voice:


Over the next decade, IBSA will be working with other organizations and enterprising youth & young adults to add over 2M Black-Owned businesses registered in the United States to our Ujamaa Club Online Business Directory.

"Black owned businesses in the United States increased 34.5% between 2007 and 2012 totaling 2.6 million Black firms. More than 95% of these businesses are mostly sole proprietorship or partnerships which have no paid employees.

Having such a large base to work with, it is our objective to reduce youth unemployment through ‘techpreneurship‘ while providing them valuable tech skills, enterprise development activities and an opportunity to be part of the their community through digital stewardship.


6.15.17 A New Juneteenth – Topeka (Data Only).pptx