Our goal for the 2019 Texas Black Expo (TBE) was to take the event to the next level while simultaneously inspiring other business owners to go higher in their own companies because we believe strong businesses yield strong communities.
We are proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish at this year’s Summer Celebration and other events throughout the year to help positively change people’s lives. With a theme of “Next Level Business: Educating. Investing. Expanding.” we endeavored to connect the dots for small businesses, community members and our youth.
More than 120 businesses from various industries exhibited their products and services before thousands of attendees at the 2019 Summer Celebration. Over the course of two days, business owners came face-to-face with a large pool of customers and potential customers as they displayed their wares and demonstrated their services. Through their appearance at the Expo, exhibitors were able to increase brand awareness, network with other business owners, sell their products and other offerings, and receive valuable, on-the-spot feedback from an engaged customer base.
Businessmen and women at the top of their game shared secrets to their success as entrepreneurs and highlights on how they thrive in business. Attendees enjoyed a light breakfast while learning strategies for their companies.
Top business leaders and organizations that work to foster entrepreneurship and economic empowerment were honored at the Corporate Awards Luncheon. This year’s honorees included Ed Ryland (Arvo Realty Advisors), McDonald’s Houston, Dr. Umekei Smith (US Dentistry), Jerry Martin (KPRC Channel 2).An inspiring keynote address was delivered by the President of Business Operations for the Houston Astros, Mr. Reid Ryan. The event was sponsored by HEB, Enterprise, KPRC Channel 2 and Myrtle Consulting Group.
New this year, was the Aspire Youth Entrepreneur Camp. The camp took place June 17 – 28,2019, and its purpose was to promote entrepreneurial awareness for young, future businessowners. The program got underway with a fun and exciting pep rally, followed by a series of speakers, field trips, and hands-on projects. Students received a business plan format, tools for effective presentations and exposure to dozens of businesses in various industries. The Camp was hosted at HCC’S North East campus and sponsored by the Minority Business Development Agency.
Technology is an important part of every aspect of our lives, so for the 16th annual event, we introduced the Texas Black Expo mobile app! The app allowed attendees to stay updated on all of the weekend’s activities, get descriptions of the panels and even purchase tickets to ancillary events. For the Corporate Award Luncheon, a digital version of the program was made available on Issuu.com, where it was viewed by 226 people during the 90-minute event. The TBE Summer Celebration weekend has massive social media engagement, with Facebook and Instagram being the top platforms for our audience.
Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to working together next year.