THIS WEEK - Thursday,  May 18, 5:30-7pm. In partnership with Tomme Beevas and Pimentos Jamaican Kitchen, Black Business Networking will encourage us to continue to expand the efforts of our club's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. The 2023 networking event will be held Thursdays Jan 19, Mar 16, May 18 from 5:30-7pm at Pimento Jamaican Kitchen, 2524 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404. This week's featured business leader is Damon Jenkins, Senior Vice-President and Twin Cities Regional Market President for First Independence Bank (bio below). Click HERE for a Kare11 interview and background on First Independence Bank. Meeting details are:

5:30-6:00 Social & networking time — the rum punch will be flowing! 
6:00-6:15 Introductions around the room, including each attendee's business background
6:15-6:45 Featured Black Entrepreneur presents their business story to the group
6:45-7:00 Q &A session and wrap up

Damon Jenkins serves as Senior Vice-President and Twin Cities Regional Market President for First Independence Bank, Minnesota’s first black-owned minority deposit institution and full-service commercial bank. He has fiscal and operational responsibility for all Twin Cities retail branch offices. In this role, Jenkins oversees sales and service initiatives for the region and ensures each branch meets and exceeds financial performance and customer service goals, as well as corporate and social responsibility objectives. Jenkins has worked in the banking industry for more than 16 years,, including roles as vice president and district manager positions at Wells Fargo and US Bank in Minneapolis. Jenkins is active in the community and is a leader in DEI. His board service includes the Minneapolis Black Chamber of Commerce and as an Executive Board Member of the African Development Center, which helps African immigrants and refugees overcome barriers to financial security and success, and volunteers and supports other Twin Cities nonprofit organizations.