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Last week, from August 12-14, 2023, the Virginia Black Business Expo and Conference took place, and it was nothing short of inspirational. The event, known as the largest business networking and educational gathering for Black-owned businesses in the District of Columbia and Virginia, welcomed more than 1500 attendees and showcased over 125 Black-owned businesses.


The Expo was more than just a business event—it was a vibrant celebration of entrepreneurial spirit, community, and commitment to growth and exposure for minority-owned businesses. With a robust line-up of over 20 speakers, the conference provided a wealth of knowledge, insights, and inspiration.


A Platform for Local Talent

The conference featured an incredible array of speakers, many local to the Fredericksburg Region. Megan Stewart, the proud owner of Joyous Moments Photobooth and a resident of Spotsylvania County, shared her entrepreneurial journey, while Nick Minor, the President of the King George EDA, offered valuable insights on economic development.


Amara Graham, the founder of Graceful Lashes and Beauty from Stafford, Virginia, spoke about personal branding, while Jermaine JFit Jenkins, a Fitness Scholar resident of Stafford County, provided tips on maintaining physical health alongside business health. Edward Mosley, a Transformational Leadership Coach from Stafford County, inspired attendees with his leadership and personal growth insights.


The Great Blacksby Gala and Virginia Black Business Awards

One of the highlights of the Expo was the Great Blacksby Gala, a glamorous event that celebrated the achievements of Black entrepreneurs. The Virginia Black Business Awards were presented during this spectacular evening, recognizing outstanding businesses and individuals who have significantly contributed to their communities.


The gala was made even more memorable with a breathtaking performance by award-winning R&B artist Keke Wyatt. Her soulful melodies added a touch of magic to an already unforgettable evening.


A Musical Brunch to Wrap Up the Expo

To conclude the Expo, a delightful brunch was hosted on Sunday, featuring a musical performance by the Brencore Allstars of Brencore Entertainment from Spotsylvania, Virginia. Attendees enjoyed a delectable spread of food while being serenaded by the soulful tunes of the Allstars, marking a fitting end to a remarkable event.


As we reflect on the success of the 2023 Virginia Black Business Expo and Conference, we're already looking forward to the next event scheduled for August 2-4, 2024. Join us then as we continue to celebrate, support, and uplift our vibrant community of Black entrepreneurs.

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