Published on September 12th, 2023 | by H.E. Shanta Lana Hereford


F.U.N.D ATL Event Unites Underfunded Entrepreneurs With Atlanta’s Financial Community

Atlanta witnessed an unforgettable evening of unity, financial empowerment, and inspiration at the very first F.U.N.D. ATL (Financial Unity for New Developments) event. Held at 310 Studios ATL, this event brought together a diverse crowd of visionaries, entrepreneurs, investors, and influencers, leaving attendees blown away with the enriching experience. Organized by The Center for Truth and Healing (CFTH) and A World Entertainment, this event not only met but exceeded all expectations, leaving attendees inspired and eager for more. It was a convergence of great minds, invaluable information, and a shared commitment to economic growth and development.

The event kicked off with a complimentary cocktail bar powered by IslandJon Vodka, professional headshots by Robert Mitchel-Owenby Photography, a Pop-Up Shop, and an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet courtesy of Zu Pop LLC. Attendees from diverse backgrounds, ranging from seasoned investors to aspiring entrepreneurs, gathered to soak in the wealth of information, contacts, and resources that F.U.N.D. ATL had to offer.

A highlight of the event was undoubtedly the panel discussion. Esteemed experts Melvin Coleman (Atlanta Black Chambers), Dar’Shun Kendricks (Dar’Shun Speaks), Tawana Rivers (The 10K Project), Dr. Vincent White (Cutting Edge Techno Solutions Technologies), and Joy Gardner (Ameris Bank) took the stage to dissect the various types of traditional and non-traditional sources of finance for entrepreneurs seeking funding. The discussions were insightful, engaging, and filled with actionable advice on how to avoid denials and delays in accessing capital. The panelists left the audience not only better informed but also motivated to apply the knowledge they learned.

One of the most memorable moments of the evening was the heartfelt tribute to Her Excellency Shanta Lana Hereford. Amy Jacobs, her event co-organizer, along with members from each of their teams, celebrated Hereford’s remarkable success and contributions to various fields.

Hereford’s impressive achievements include her appointment as the new Chief Operating Officer of The HYPE Magazine, a prestigious role that highlights her dedication and leadership within the media industry. Furthermore, she has taken on the role of Director of Finance and Investment for a groundbreaking agriculture project spanning six African countries. Her commitment to global development is further exemplified by her appointment as the Royal Ambassador-At-Large of The Ateker Kingdom Alliance, cementing her status as a global change-maker.

As the applause filled the venue, it was clear that the Global Goodwill Ambassador’s achievements resonated deeply with the audience. Her journey from a visionary entrepreneur to a global business leader serves as a testament to what can be achieved with passion, dedication, and a relentless pursuit of education and excellence.

The success of the first F.U.N.D. ATL event has set the stage for even greater things to come. Organizers are already hard at work planning the next event for January 23rd of next year, promising another evening of unity, empowerment, and inspiration. Stay tuned for announcements regarding the upcoming F.U.N.D. ATL event, as it promises to be an unmissable opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, learn from experts, and celebrate success.

In conclusion, the first F.U.N.D. ATL event was nothing short of a resounding success thanks to all who participated including the sponsors; The Brantley Foundation, Maverick Global Distribution, East Memorial Drive Revitalization Foundation, Filmmaker Cvonzell Dondrico, MX Network, and others. It brought together a diverse and enthusiastic community eager to learn, connect, and access capital. As we eagerly await the next F.U.N.D. ATL event, it’s clear that this initiative is not just an event, it’s a developing movement!

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Her Excellency Shanta Lana Hereford is a visionary leader known for her dedication to community development and economic empowerment. She is the COO of The HYPE Magazine and loves to write about her many interests including Black Empowerment, Education, Entrepreneurship, Entertainment, Arts, Health & Wellness, Travel, and more.

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