The 2nd annual Black Business Expo highlights black business owners

The QC Empowerment Network and Augustana College provide resources

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - The 2nd annual Black Business Expo kicks off Saturday as the QC Empowerment Network, and Augustana College team up to highlight local black businesses in the community. The Expo is a celebration and appreciation of black business owners in the QCA.
 
Quad City Empowerment Network spokesperson Tracy White said, the event is intended to provide business owners with resources, inspiration, empowerment and networking opportunities. She said they wanted to provide the business owners with a day of speakers, resources and exposure, by inviting the community in to see who the black business owners are and what they do. White said this year they have increased their vendors from 20 to 40. This year's theme is "Think Big", White said the theme gives them a focus on what type of speakers they wanted and what message they are trying to send to their business owners. The goal with the QC Empowerment Network is to focus on the growth of the African-American community,
 
"What I'm most excited about is that last year we had 20 vendors, which to me was a lot, and this year we have 40," White said. "So we've increased by 100%. Also our speakers have listened through the year. Through different surveys at the lunch and learns and just talking with the business owners, on what topics they felt were important to them to help their business grow," White said. "We are most specific and intentional with the speakers that we have to provide the information that the businesses are going to need."  
 
The event will also feature keynote speaker Tiffany Mack Fitzgerald who is the founder of Black Girls Golf, which is an organization that provides information and clinics for women interested in learning to play golf. 
The event is free and open to anyone in the community. It will run from 1-4 PM in the Gerber Center at Augustana College.
 

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