Jacksonville hosting annual Florida Black Expo this weekend

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Black Expo, a popular Jacksonville community empowerment event, returns Feb. 11 at the TIAA Bank Field.

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The purpose of the Florida Black Expo is to promote economic development for minority-owned businesses through increased exposure to the overarching community. African-American businesses will be able to develop working relationships with major corporations and government entities while marketing their products and services to the growing consumer market.

The Expo is also a forum to educate, enlighten and inspire the African-American community while providing cultural resources to the entire city and surrounding areas.

Over the past 18 years, the Florida Black Expo has hosted over 250 businesses, many government and community support agencies. During its most successful years, the Expo has been host to 18,000+ attendees.

This year, organizers anticipate having 350 small businesses, corporations and community organizations participating in the Expo, with an estimated attendees between 7000 to 10,000.

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The Expo will also host an in-person and virtual job fair in partnership with CareerSource of Northeast Florida. Over 500 positions are expected to be offered by participating small businesses and corporate organizations.

Educational workshops on career enhancement, job skills, training programs, financial literacy and business ownership will be offered throughout the day by local experts, corporate and governmental sponsors.

This year’s activities will include a hair show, fashion show, free CPR certifications, celebrities, business panel discussions and a sneaker expo.

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On Friday for the Taste of Jacksonville, national recording artist Kenny Lattimore will be playing for respective guests.

On Saturday, Feb. 11, the main event will feature Grammy Award winner Omarion, Mekai Curtis from the hit Starz show, Raising Kanan and many local talents.

Finally, the Expo will have a political corner featuring local candidates for the 2023 Municipal Election.

For more information, send an email to Carol@PollockGroup.Solutions or call (904) 552-5227.