Charlottesville Black Business Expo returns to IX Art Park on October 16
The fifth annual Charlottesville-Albemarle Black Business Expo returns to an outdoor, in-person format on Saturday, October 16, 1:30 - 9 p.m. at IX Art Park in Charlottesville. 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 from Charlottesville GoGo / R&B / Funk band Ebony Groove.
“This has been a turbulent time for businesses – not only in our community, but throughout the country,” said Ty Cooper, director of the Expo. “With businesses closing their doors due to the impact of COVID-19, small businesses need more support than ever before.”
Due to the pandemic, the Black Business Expo moved to a virtual format in 2020. This year, the Expo is back in person and mostly outdoors, mindful of COVID safety guidelines. While outdoors, facemasks are optional for vaccinated individuals. While indoors, including at the panel discussions, everyone is required to wear a mask.
“These business owners are part of the bedrock of our local economy, and I hope that all kinds of people will come out and learn more,” 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. This event its sponsored by the United Way Greater Charlottesville, 101.3 Jamz, the Community Investment Collaborative, Charlottesville Office of Economic Development, UVA Division of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, and brought to you by WTJU and Lifeview Marketing and Visuals, LLC.