The 4th Annual Xccelerate Entrepreneurs Moving Forward presented in partnership with 202Creates was AMAZING! Stay tuned for Xccelerate #5 in August 2020!



*Schedule subject to change, if necessary

  • 9:00-10:00AM – Registration & Check-In
  • 10:00-10:55 AM – Getting Started: Purposeful Business Creating | L. Tia Blount of Saving Solutions LLC
  • 11:00-11:55 AM – Building Your Business With Your Strengths | Eduardo Villavicencio
  • 12:00-12:55 PM – Protecting Your Intellectual Property as an Entrepreneur | Kendell R. Kelly
  • 1:00-2:25 PM – LUNCH BREAK
  • 2:30-3:25 PM – Creating in the Flow: Making Your Creations from Concept to Fruition Following the Path of Least Resistance | Ramsey Mourad
  • 3:30-4:25 – ABCs of Follow Through: Building Business Relationships | Wanita Niehaus of Powerhaus Consulting
  • 4:30-5:15 PM – Fix Your Credit, Fix Your Life: How to Build Your Credit Score and Finance Your Business | Cory Brim of Sugar Rim Bar
  • 5:15-5:45 PM – EVENING BREATHER
  • 5:45-6:30 PM – INSTAFAME: Instagram Marketing for Businesses of Every Kind | Liz Strom of @espressofied
  • 6:30-7:25 PM – Cultivating Resilience as an Entrepreneur | Jocelyn Johnson-Green
  • 7:30 – 8:00 PM – What Next? | Liz Strom (Life/Career Coach)
  • 8:00-9:00 PM – VIP Business Mixer | Location: Presidential Suite (GOLD PASS HOLDERS and EVENING VIP NETWORKING PASS HOLDERS)
  • 9:00 PM-2 AM Award-Winning Latin Dance Shows & Diversifying at DCBX 11 (GOLD PASS HOLDERS)


CEO  / Founder

Sugar Rim Bar

Fix Your Credit, Fix Your Life

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 an 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.

Founder / Creator

Saving Solutions, LLC

With more than 20 years of experience leading campaigns designed to tackle some of the toughest problems across the globe including poverty, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and affordable housing, L. Tia has witnessed firsthand the power of what effective storytelling, and other low-cost marketing solutions, can do to build and grow brands. She has helped organizations raise the visibility and resources needed to impact low-income and minority communities in the U.S. and in the developing world. L. Tia Blount recently left corporate America to launch Saving Solutions, LLC, a boutique firm specializing in saving clients time and money based on three powerful solutions: budgeting, buzz marketing, and business development. Saving Solutions is unique in that it provides a continuum of support for those moving from business concept to competition in the market. Saving Solutions helps clients increase their visibility, growth, and profitability. L. Tia is also a passionate speaker, trainer/facilitator, R.E.A.L.I.S.T.I.C. © Budget Method coach, and Amazon best-selling co-author of the book “Desire, Discipline and Determination:  Lessons from Bold Thought Leaders”.


Boss-ism Consulting Group

Cultivating Resilience as an Entrepreneur

Jocelyn Johnson-Green is the founder and owner of Boss-ism Consulting Group, which provides life coaching to individuals and organizations. She has extensive experience and knowledge in project management for city-wide conferences and events. Johnson-Green’s love of people and her ability to see beyond project management enabled her to understand her true talent, Life and Business Coaching. Her number one market and passion is the inner city youth for whom she has developed a number of programs designed specifically to guide and support high school students in becoming their “Boss”- assertive, confident authorities of themselves. She currently conducts one-to-one coaching, group sessions and speaking engagements. Her long-term goal is to include “Boss-ism” as a curriculum in targeted DC Public High Schools.

Connect with Jocelyn | Instagram: @findyourboss

Intellectual Property Attorney

Protecting Your Intellectual Property as an Entrepreneur

Kendell Kelly is a creative entrepreneur, tv personality, intellectual property attorney, and a protector of creatives. She counsels clients on how to better protect and grow their brands using technology and the law and occasionally helps them determine which companies to buy or start.

In addition to her practice, she is also a sought after public speaker and social media darling who has been featured in US News & World Report, Crain’s Chicago Business Report, Uptown Magazine, Metro Mix, and a host of other publications and websites.

Connect with Kendell | Instagram: @kendellrenee


Infinity Compass

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.


Founder / President

PowerHaus Consultants

ABCs of Follow Through: Building Business Relationships

Wanita Niehaus is the Founder and President of the boutique brand management & communications consulting company– PowerHaus Consultants. Her clients include: Quantious, National Association of Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), FedPartners, Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM), Interactive Case Competition, Howard Consulting Group, Walter Kaitz Foundation, & TV One– to name a few!

Wanita is known for her expertise in Strategic Planning, Brand Management, Internal Communications & Marketing, Media Planning & Relations, Corporate Communications, Event Planning & Marketing, Experiential Marketing, Crisis Communications, & Speech Writing & Editing.

CEO / Founder

Creative Calm Solutions LLC

INSTAFAME: Instagramming for Businesses of Every Kind by @espressofied

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 the Founder of @espressofied, Transformational Life Coach, Career Coach, Corporate Workshop Facilitator, Director of Xccelerate™, Producer of The Goddess Workshop™ and “Build-A-Business 101”, an in-demand speaker, and was a Licensed Workshop Facilitator for The Fire Starter Sessions™ and The Desire Map™ by Danielle LaPorte International.

Her passion and dedication in working and collaborating with others have been life-long, with proven results.

Connect with Liz | Instagram: @lizstromofficial & @espressofied

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Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach

Business Building With Your Strengths

Eduardo is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach with over 20 years of experience in designing and delivering educational programs and training for organizations. This mantra guides his approach to tailoring programs for the unique needs of his clients.

With a cross-cultural background and varied career path that includes education, technology, health and government, Eduardo quickly establishes trust and builds rapport with individuals through shared experiences.

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.

Entertainment Group

Your DJ and Entertainment Crew for the Day

Meet YourDay Entertainment!

DJ Alex

DJ Alex continues provides one-of-a-kind soundscapes for a diverse host of audiences and clientele. From public venues, private gatherings, and corporate affairs, to his critically-acclaimed and Numark promoted YouTube series “#thaBreakdown”. Whether it’s mixing Pop 80’s classics and throwback 90’s Hip-Hop/R&B music, or segueing from EDM to the Latino rhythms of Salsa and Bachata, DJ Alex delivers mass appeal.


Coming from an office and management background, it was established early on that Christina is the brains and office-muscle behind the operations. She manages all meetings, event bookings, and keeps track of all of the crazy timelines for events. She is very proficient in her craft as a roadie, MC, Day-Of Coordinator, and Photobooth Operator.


Mayor Muriel Bowser launched 202Creates in September 2016 to amplify
and celebrate DC’s creative culture. Led by OCTFME, CAH, and DMPED,
202Creates engages residents through events, activities, and resources that
enrich our communities across all 8 wards.

202Creates does 3 important things: it promotes and amplifies the District’s
creative economy and creative residents through digital media marketing,
content creation, and original television programming; it connects District residents
with government resources, educational opportunities, and space to support their
creative work and grow their creative businesses; and it builds an interdisciplinary
community by connecting creative District residents with each other through events
and networking activities.


Instagram: @202creates






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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.


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. ••

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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 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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DCBX 3x Latin Diversity Event of the Year!

DCBX is proud to have been voted #1 Latin Dance & Diversity…
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