Mary Kay Team Leader Debra Williams, Jennifer Schultz and Felicia Harris, both “future sales directors” with Mary Kay, came to the first Black Business Expo in Moreno Valley to sell their cosmetics and skin care products, but enjoyed some shopping too. Small business owners of all ethnicities are welcome to the second expo, planned for Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Moreno Valley Holiday Inn Express.
BY DAMERON COMMUNICATIONS | September 22, 2009
(MORENO VALLEY, Calif.) Consumers will have an opportunity to shop for goods and services offered by African-American business owners at the Southern California Black Business Expo on Saturday, Nov. 7.
At the same time, Black business owners will have opportunities to grow their customer base.
“Consumers can come out and support their local Black-owned businesses,” said show producer Jerry L. Green. “Business owners can come here and network. There will be opportunities for them to increase their sales.”
The Expo takes place Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Moreno Valley Holiday Inn Express, 24630 Sunnymead Blvd, between Indian Street and Perris Boulevard.
Admission is $10. To purchase tickets, or find out more about being a vendor, visit www.scblackbusinessexpo.com or call Green at (951) 313-1919.
About 25 to 30 Black-owned businesses, some of them nationally recognized companies, will take part. Previously, these business owners have come from as far as Washington D.C.
The Black Business Expo is also a great opportunity for small Black-owned Inland Empire businesses, Green said.
“I will hold these four times each year,” he said. “By participating, businesses will have a new way to continuously market that isn’t available at a traditional business expo held only once a year.”
Green encourages Blacks who are looking for new job to attend, so they can learn if starting a business is for them.
“In these tough economic times, many people need to either go back to school or start their own business,” he said. “At the Black Business Expo they will learn about business opportunities and see if running their own business is something they would like to do.”
Future Black Business Expos are already scheduled for March 20, 2010; June 26, 2010; Sept. 11, 2010: Dec. 11, 2010 and March 19, 2011.
Sponsors are the Black Business Resource and Networking Directory, PQ Enterprises, TheUltimateProfessional.com Sales Training, Westside Story Newspaper, The Black Voice News, Inland Empire Community Calendar and Cultural Events, Urban Lyfestyles, Jobing.com, The Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce and Dameron Communications.