Expo News as of May 14, 2013: This Year Admission is Free!
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THIS YEAR: FREE ADMISSION TO THE EXPO!
Expo President Harold Hambrick announced today that the L.A. Black Business Expo Admission price of $5 has been waived for 2013! Bring family and friends on Memorial Day weekend Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25th, 2013, from Noon til 8 p.m.
On Friday May 24:
10:30 AM: Opening Ceremonies and honors for community standouts including L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
McDonald’s Smoothie Truck will be on hand!
Friday at 6 p.m. PRAISE DANCING Features Imani Mayfield
Olu Alemoru, writer for WAVE Newspapers and his London-based sister are releasing an animated film called Nutmeg. Here is a Sneak Peek:
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Black Business Expo Slated to Empower SoLA Community
The Black Business Expo (BBX) is back, and this time, the economic extravaganza will be held in the heart of the African American Community.
Scheduled for Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25, noon to 8 p.m., activities will take place in “The Hangar” behind the West Angeles Cathedral on Crenshaw and Exposition Boulevards (a few steps from the Metro Train station). The opening ceremony will be held on Friday, May 24 at 10:30 a.m.
Admission as well as parking will be free.
Sponsored by OneUnited Bank, West Angeles Church and Watts Healthcare, BBX will continue the events for which it has become known, including the Tom Bradley Business Institute; Tastin’ Black Culture Food court, West Coast GospeLive, Health & Fitness Pavilion, Fashion, Art Zone, Kid’s World and much more.
“This year, more than ever, it is important to empower our South Los Angeles (SoLA) community,” said Harold Hambrick, BBX Executive Director. “The time is always right to educate and encourage African American consumers to support Black Businesses. In order for our businesses to continue to be the economic engines of our community, we must increase our support of them. BBX provides another opportunity for businesses and community members to connect. Not only have we relocated, but we have re-designed the show to be more community and consumer friendly.”
Founded in 1989 by Barbara Lindsey as a way of introducing Black businesses to consumers, share information on entrepreneurism and business development and build long-term relationships, BBX has exposed thousands of small businesses and corporations to nearly a million attendees. Several businesses have raised their profiles as a result of BBX attendance, according to Hambrick. According to the latest business research, 1.5 million African Americans spend more than 9 billion dollars in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.