The (Re) Connect

The (Re) Connect

Thursday, May 2, 2024 (6:30 PM - 8:30 PM) (EDT)


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Join the Washington Area Community Investment Fund (Wacif) as we celebrate National Small Business Week! The (Re)Connect is an opportunity for networking, strategy building, and community building! We'll be celebrating the perspectives of Brian Bailey and Mike Utaegbulam! 

  • Hear from entrepreneurs from Wacif signature program initiatives; 
  • Learn how Wacif can support your small business; 
  • Network with representatives from institutions that support small businesses. 

Free to attend, but registration is required (attendees must be 21+). 

Brian Bailey, Creative Entrepreneur

Brian Bailey, a self-taught multifaceted artist, embarked on his creative journey at an early age. His professional endeavors led him to serve as a creative lead at a renowned national park, where he excelled in crafting unique brand experiences and brought two captivating restaurants to life. Fairly new to the medium of painting, Brian has been able to find his unique abstract style and create a community of freedom in artists in the area, and become this breath of fresh air in the DC art scene/culture. In 2023, Brian was honored with the Mayor's Arts Award for Excellence in Arts Education, recognizing his outstanding contributions to the community's creative growth. His art transcends mere visuals, weaving hidden narratives with ethereal perspectives, inviting viewers into a world of deeper meaning. Through his ongoing exploration of artistic passions, Brian Bailey not only nurtures his own creative spirit but also inspires the community to embrace distinctive self-expression in every aspect of their lives. Presently, Brian Bailey calls the vibrant surroundings of Washington, D.C. home, where he continues to be a driving force for art and expression within the community. 

Mike Utaegbulam, Black Digital

Mike Utaegbulam is the CEO of Black Digital, a creative agency he founded in 2018 to revolutionize digital marketing for mission-based organizations. With more than 17 years of experience leading nonprofit and higher-education institutions, Mike brings expertise in crafting tailored digital strategies that inspire action. 

Specializing in inclusive marketing to BIPOC audiences, Mike's results-driven approach has garnered acclaim from organizations nationwide. His mantra, "When social impact organizations transform hopes into action, everyone wins," reflects his commitment to driving positive change through digital innovation. 


  • Results-driven marketing 
  • Inclusive advertising to BIPOC audiences 
  • Digital strategy 

Under Mike's leadership, Black Digital continues to shape the future of mission-driven marketing, empowering organizations to make a meaningful impact in their communities.

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