Author Archives: Black Business Expo (BBXLA)
The show went off without a hitch proving that you can transform a Hangar into an Exhibition Hall with great success.
Here are some looks back at this year’s show:Reaction to BBXLA
For the latest, like” our Facebook Page: The L.A. Black Business Expo Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/BlackBusinessExpo
The compilation of Expo Tweets and posts: http://bit.ly/11jcbos
Photos from Michael Riddick (Day 1) More are coming!: http://theprperson.smugmug.com/Other/BBXLA-2013-Black-Business-Expo/29643901_7ctcC4#!i=2536981650&k=cBZ46kg
Video clips by William Byers:
More to come. Post your own links!
No time to read? We’ll read it to you! Listen to this!
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:
Help Us Spread the Word on your blog, newspaper, or broadcast:
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.
We have 32 Days Until the Los Angeles Black Business Expo (May 24 & 25) and we need to hear from you!
Please let us know about your business so we may support you here on www.BlackBusinessExpo.com.
Did you work at the Expo as a youth and now have your own business? We will be profiling you, so send us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you serve customers in the Los Angeles area?
Have you lost touch with a business you met at the Expo
Are you in a partnership with another business you met at the Expo?
We want to hear your stories and help you tell them. The earlier you sign up, the more time we have to promote you!
As the Expo prepares signage and other opportunities for your company to show support of the Los Angeles Business Community, now is the time to get on board! Please call (323) 810-4752 to arrange your level of sponsorship for the May 24 & 25th show! Or, email email@example.com and we will send you a sponsor package!
Please download our Exhibitor Kit (PDF) to see the variety of spaces available and their fees. But for those of you who want to see something right now:
The Los Angeles Black Business Expo(BBXLA) is back! This premiere networking event has moved to the “The Hangar” at West Angeles Cathedral located at Crenshaw and Exposition Boulevards, the crossroads of South L.A.
There is a beautiful story about how all this is unfolding. We will surely tell it, but first, we are getting set up and getting everything in place.
Click to enlarge our flyer and spread the word! If you are in business, reach out to us today at (323) 810-4752. Thousands of your customers will be waiting to meet you!
Reserve your space today!
Please “Like” our Facebook Page when you get a chance!
This episode of My World Podcast featured the 2006 Expo, when Wendy Raquel Robinson and Malik Yoba were spokespersons. It also featured those plumbers from LRS Services Plumbing. The shoot was conducted by photographer Leroy Hamilton and Rene Cross Washington was the creative director. Harold Hambrick, Executive Producer brought us all together complete with wardrobe, makeup, hair and craft services by Watts Coffee House. There are more Expo videos, too featuring many of our exhibitors. We’re having fun looking back as we look forward to the 2013 Expo May 24 & 25!
It is sometimes beneficial to randomly look back sometimes. This is what we posted about the making of the video above in 2008:
We’ve just launched the 2008 Los Angeles Black Business Expo (BBX) website! Please go towww.blackbusinessexpo.com to check out our Expo celebrity spokesperson Wendy Raquel Robinson (Star of “The Game”), and her students from her successful business Amazing Grace Conservatory.
Isidra Person-Lynn, who designed our fabulous web site and shot and produced the video, urges you to contact her if you find something that needs our attention:firstname.lastname@example.org. You know how new websites can be!
The 2008 Expo Photo Shoot was staged at the Watts Coffee House (they have a large adjacent hall–where they hold their scrumptious Sunday Brunches–and this month’s featured video takes you behind the scenes. Be among the first to meet
tomorrow’s stars today – K’la, Tristen and Matthew–handpicked by Wendy from AGC. They gave us a big assist with this year’s media campaign. We thank Leroy Hamilton (Photography by Hamilton), Rene Cross Washington (RCWGrafx), Desiree Edwards (Watts Coffee House) and Isidra Person-Lynn (House of the Rising Sons Media) for their hard work over the years. New this year were Aishah
Williams (hair) and Mecca Dickerson (makeup). We appreciate the flavor they added as well. What a day!
This is our 20th anniversary of the Expo, and we want all former exhibitors and participants to join us Sept. 5-7, 2008 at the L.A. Convention Center for this historic event.
Congratulations to those who took advantage of our special $100 discount! We will profile more of these forward thinking business owners soon.
Please browse around…and let us know what you think here and at www.blackbusinessexpo.com. Feel free to leave a comment.
The 20 years was worth it. We are so excited, we cannot wait to see you September 5-7! Call (323) 290-4743 for your exhibitor space today!
Pictured above from left clockwise: Aishah Williams (Hair), Harold Hambrick (BBX President), Wendy Raquel Robinson (AGC, the Game and long time Expo Spokesperson), Leroy Hamilton (Photographer), Mecca Dickerson (Makeup), Rene Cross Washington (Graphic Design), Tristen Carter, Matthew Elam and K’la Palmer. Photo by Isidra Person-Lynn