Xccelerate Entrepreneurs Moving Forward



Xccelerate “Entrepreneurs Moving Forward”: The Entrepreneurial Experience

Join us for our entrepreneurial experience via business workshops, creative discussions, power networking, and cultural connections!

Xccelerate is an event for entrepreneurs, business owners, want-to-become business owners, innovators, creators, and those who are curious about how to open and run a business! At Xccelerate, you’ll learn how to create a business you love, develop a strong online presence for success, reduce your debt, finance your business, and so much more!



Tickets go on sale in June 2019

To be put on our VIP waitlist, please email


Xccelerate is part of DCBX!

Do, Connect Be & eXperience.  That’s DCBX !

DCBX is a visionary entertainment and lifestyle brand bringing culturally diverse and widely inclusive live events to any world-class city to serve consumers of Latin culture, Dance, Music, Film,  Entrepreneurship, and Fashion.

With over two decades of experience hosting an array of live events year round—we have successfully transformed an excess of 1/2 a million fans and consumers who celebrate Latin culture and the Arts in 800+ cities across the globe.

The annual flagship event, DCBX|11 takes place this summer at the Renaissance Marriott Hotel in downtown DC. DCBX|11 (the 11th year) is an exciting transformative multicultural music and entertainment festival bringing thousands of fans, celebrities, and thought leaders to a whirlwind celebration of culture—

With that in mind, DCBX|11 is an experience like no other! Throughout the day we host a Diversity Conference and in the evening we host parties and unforgettable concerts. ••



Sunday, August 26, 2018 | 10:00AM-8:00PM

Renaissance Hotel | 999 9th Street, NW – Washington, DC


  • 9:00-10:00AM Registration & Check-In
  • 10:00AM-10:15AM Getting Started In Business
  • 10:15AM-11:15AM How To Navigate Within The Simulation We Call Reality
  • 11:15AM-12:00PM Write Your Book and Get It Published
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM Marketing Strategy: Creating a Strong Online Presence For Success
  • 1:00PM-2:30PM Lunch Break
  • 2:30PM-3:30PM Your Financial Score: What It Is and How It Affects Your Business
  • 3:30-4:30PM Blogging, Vlogging, & Podcasting: The How-To’s & What If’s
  • 4:30-5:30PM Financing Your Business and Getting Out of Debt
  • 5:30-6:15PM Business Building With Your Strengths
  • 6:15-7:00PM Following Through: Those Who Succeed vs. Those Who Fail
  • 7:00-8:00PM Rooftop Power Networking


CEO  / Founder

Sugar Rim Bar

Financing Your Business and Getting Out of Debt

Cory Brim founded and operates Sugar Rim Bar, the leading Mobile Event Company in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia. He started the company at the age of 35 and literally began his business with one bottle opener and a single wine key. With Brim’s entrepreneurial mind and ambitious drive, he has been a key player among small businesses in the D.C. metropolitan area. The Washington D.C. atmosphere is all hustle and bustle where entrepreneurs fight every day to stay afloat; business never sleeps and neither does Brim. He currently employs 200+ people and books over 10 events a week, and has taken his business to the top.

Digital Strategist & Managing Member

Athena Digital Media Group

Marketing Strategy: Creating a Strong Online Presence For Success

Aurelia Flores, Managing Member of the Athena Digital Media Group, focuses her business endeavors on supporting small businesses, especially startups and tech entrepreneurs.

She works with her clients to get them in front of their ideal audience and convey a compelling message — the key to business growth and success.  Aurelia is a Member of the Pipeline Angels network of women investors.  She is also co-host of the podcast, Get Found Get Funded.

Best-Selling Author

“Zen and The Art of Making a Morris Chair: Awaken Your Creative Potential”

Join Randy Gafner, author of “Zen and the Art of Making a Morris Chair”,  as he guides you through his experience of taking an idea and getting it published as a best-selling book (print, audio, & e-book).

Start – Journey – Completion
Randy will highlight the process used for the print version of his book, concept-to-completion, in 3 months. The book writing process starts with creating your Ideal Reader, a counter-intuitive developmental process of narrowly defining your audience. Upon completion, attendees will leave with an outline of their Ideal Reader profile, which is an essential part of the book-writing process.


Infinity Compass

How To Create Within The Simulation We Call Reality

Ramsey Mourad is the Creator of Infinity Compass, a methodology for creating in alignment, integrity, and ease. The alignment and integrity are with one’s self. The feeling and experience of ease is a result of this alignment. The methodology begins with an orientation to one’s infinite capacity for creation, and a recognition of how we as individual expressions of that capacity are constantly creating on multiple levels of our experience. From this orientation we begin to recognize how the events and circumstances of our lives are not only not random, but actually an expression of that vast, creative capacity; one that far exceeds even our ability to comprehend on a conscious level. Ramsey has experienced challenges, failures, successes and all kinds of other stuff. He presents, teaches, writes and participates with others whenever he can.

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President | Founder 

Powerhaus Consultants
Following Through: Those Who Succeed vs. Those Who Fail

Wanita is the President and Founder of Powerhaus Consultants, a full-service brand management company based in Washington D.C., specializing in Strategic Planning, Brand Management, Internal Communications & Marketing, Media Planning & Relations, Corporate Communications, Event Planning & Marketing, Experiential Marketing, Crisis Communications, Speech Writing & Editing.

Powerhaus Consultant’s big-name clients include: NAMIC (National Association of Multi-ethnicity in Communications), CTAM (Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing), NCTA, Howard Consulting Group, Covision, Walter Kaitz Foundation, TV One, Veritas Performance Group, and the American Trucking Association.

CEO / Founder

Creative Calm Solutions LLC

Getting Started In Business

Liz Strom is the Founder of Creative Calm Solutions LLC, a company established to help people live the most-fulfilling version of their life possible. She is a Transformational Life Coach, Career Coach,Corporate Workshop Facilitator, Director of Xcellerate™, Producer of The Goddess Workshop™ and “Build-A-Business 101”, In-demand Speaker, and was a Licensed Workshop Facilitator for The Fire Starter Sessions™ and The Desire Map™ by Danielle LaPorte International. Liz Strom studied under a plethora of amazing teachers including Tony Robbins, Cloé Madanes, Mark Peysha, and Magali Peysha (Robbins-Madenes Training). Her passion and dedication in working and collaborating with others has been life-long, with proven results.

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Gallup Certified Strengths Coach


Business Building With Your Strengths

Eduardo has 20+ years of experience in designing and delivering educational programs and training for organizations. His innovative curricula integrate collaborative technologies to support conversations around the topics of leadership development, strategic planning, and inclusive working environments. He believes that great leaders are great listeners. This mantra guides his approach to tailoring programs for the unique needs of his clients.

Eduardo’s methodology begins by creating an environment that fosters collaboration and empowers participants to take ownership of the learning process. He also offers perspectives that drive individuals as well as teams closer to the results they desire. By combining his Ideation, Futuristic and Activator talent themes, he energizes his clients/participants to turn their visions into actions. While his sense of humor keeps them engaged and delighted.

CEO / Creator

HEYlifetraining Fitness & Wellness

Blogging, Vlogging, & Podcasting: The How To’s & What If’s

Heike Yates is the owner of HEYlifetraining Fitness and Wellness, a one-on-one and online fitness and nutrition coaching business located in Maryland. She is the creator of “Pursue Your Spark”, helping active women lead a healthy and fit lifestyle through her online programs. With her expertise in working in the fitness industry for over thirty years, she creates an all-inclusive space for women and men, and helps them lead a fulfilling lifestyle that reaches way beyond the physical scope of training. For the past five years, she expanded her sphere to the online world, working with people all over the planet.







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Who We Are: DCBx is a group of professionals who believe in sharing their love of Latin & Global culture with rhythm, respect and a whole lot of fun.

Our Promise: To passionately grow, support and enrich our community by creating events and opportunities for people to come celebrate diversity, Latin music, global culture and learning.

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Chief Executive Officer

Lee Smith Jr

Chief Operations Officer

Kat Aguilar-Smith

Director of Xccelerate

Liz Strom

Director of Events

Brendaliz Cintron

Director of Communications

Randall Gafner

Director of Social Media

Earl Rush

Director of Artist Relations

Elizabeth Bachata Angel

Director of Production

Devan Blau

VP of Business Development

Bob Leaton

Live Events Coordinator

Sandra Trigo

Education Consultant

Eduardo Villavicencio

Marketing Consultant

Wanita Niehaus


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