The sixth annual Charlottesville-Albemarle Black Business Expo returns to IX Art Park on Saturday, September 24, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. The event is free and open to everyone.
This year’s Black Business Expo includes an exhibition of booths operated by Black-owned businesses, three panel discussions by leading professionals, a business pitch competition, live music entertainment, and more.
“This has been a turbulent time for businesses – not only in our community, but throughout the country,” said Ty Cooper, director of the Expo. “Many businesses are still feeling the effects of COVID-19, and small businesses need more support than ever before.”
Legendary Charlottesville group Ebony Groove headlines the event from 5:30 – 7 p.m. with their high energy call and response blend of Go-Go, R&B, and hip-hop. R&B/Soul artist Richelle Claiborne plays from 4 – 5 p.m.
“This year’s entertainment is top notch. I hope that all kinds of people will come out to experience the grooves and learn more about these black-owned businesses that are part of the bedrock of our local economy,” said Nathan Moore, General Manager of WTJU 91.1 FM, which co-organizes the Expo.
Attendance at the Black Business Expo is not limited to African-Americans. Everyone is warmly invited to attend this free public event.
Details are online at BlackBusinessExpo.org. Businesses can reserve their booth now by filling out the registration form at the website.