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The 5th Annual
Black Business Expo

Welcome to the Black Business Expo & Cultural Show, a vibrant celebration of Black entrepreneurship and culture in Columbia & Mid-Missouri. This special event, now in its fifth year, provides a unique platform for thriving Black entrepreneurs to showcase their products and services to the community.

In collaboration with Columbia College and the James & Annelle Whitt Entrepreneurial Development Foundation, we invite you to join us at Columbia College New Hall. Here, local Black vendors will connect with both college students and the broader community, offering a dynamic marketplace experience.

September 7, 2024 | 11am-2pm
New Hall Event Center
700 Cougar Dr, Columbia, MO 65216

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Free Vendor Registration

Join us as a vendor at the Black Business Expo & Cultural Show for free. Showcase your products and services to a diverse audience eager to support local Black businesses.

Event Highlights:

  • Vendors: Meet and support over 60 Black-owned businesses.

  • Opening Ceremony: A short program to kick off the event.

  • Cultural Show: Enjoy a curated cultural show featuring local talent.

  • Free Admission: The expo is free for all vendors and attendees.

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Enjoy Two Free Workshops!

Join us at the Black Business Expo and take advantage of two free workshops designed to boost your business skills. Don’t miss out on these valuable learning opportunities. To reserve your spot, simply register online today!

Marketing and Branding 101:

Unlock the secrets to effective marketing and branding in this introductory workshop. Learn how to create a strong brand identity, develop compelling marketing strategies, and engage your target audience. Perfect for new and seasoned entrepreneurs looking to boost their business presence.

Business Development 101:

Dive into the essentials of business development with this foundational workshop. Discover how to refine your business concept, understand market needs, and create a unique value proposition. Gain practical skills in strategic planning, goal setting, and business growth to take your venture to the next level.

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Black Expo Metaverse

Step into the future of commerce with our groundbreaking Black Expo Metaverse, an innovative virtual 3D space designed to revolutionize how we engage with businesses. This dynamic platform offers exclusive benefits tailored to our discerning target audience, ensuring a unique and immersive shopping experience.

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Unleash Your Brand in the Black Business Expo Metaverse!

Create a Customized Avatar and Booth to Showcase Your Unique Brand Voice 

Become a Vendor and Unlock:

  • Exclusive Offers: Access limited-time offers available only within the Black Business Expo Metaverse.

  • Interactive Creativity: Engage with customers in an interactive and creative virtual space.

  • 24/7 Accessibility: Showcase your brand and explore the Expo at your convenience, anytime.

  • Customizable Branded Spaces: Personalize your virtual booth with your logo and branding colors to stand out.

  • Wider Reach with Advertising: Expand your reach beyond physical boundaries and attract a global audience.

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Limited Vendor Booths Available!

Enhance your presence by purchasing a Metaverse booth for just $100. This package includes:

  • A virtual booth with your logo and branding colors

  • A 1080x1080 company graphic of your choice

  • A direct link to your website or destination of your choosing

  • Extended visibility: Tents will remain in the Metaverse for 90 days after the Black Business Expo

Sponsorship Opportunities

To elevate the impact of this event, we seek sponsorships from generous supporters like you. Your financial support will help us:

  • Accommodate more vendors

  • Increase marketing and promotional efforts

  • Facilitate a higher-quality setup

  • Recruit entertainers

  • Provide lunch for participants

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