FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The Virginia Black Business Directory is hosting its first Virginia Black Business Directory exhibit in Fredericksburg on Saturday, with the goal of empowering black-owned businesses across the state network with potential clients.
The exposure, which will include a food truck festival, will take place Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fredericksburg Fairgrounds. As of Thursday, organizers had more than 100 vendors and artists from across the state registered to participate in the event.
Vendors include food truck operators and clothing and apparel owners, legal services, and many other black-owned businesses in Virginia. The outdoor event will follow social distancing guidelines, with masks required for attendees.
“The Virginia Black Business Directory is dedicated to supporting and encouraging initiatives that will strengthen our community,” organizers said. “With this exhibit, we envision a community of black-owned businesses that have a platform to market and showcase their brand.”
General admission tickets at the event are free. Attendees can also purchase a $ 25 ticket that comes with an event loot bag. Those who donate over $ 25 will receive a special gift to pick up at the exhibit.
Event organizers Ernisha Hall and Tracey Hall said they wanted the exhibition to be a place for black business owners to promote their services and products and for attendees to learn about many owned businesses. to blacks in the state.
In January, Les Halles launched the Virginia Black Business Directory, an online platform that lists black-owned businesses in Virginia and the Washington, DC area. At the beginning of September, they organized the first Fredericksburg Black Restaurant Week, which took place from September 1-7 and turned out to be a great success.
The owner of Piggy’s Baby Cakes told the Free Lance-Star that she would be better prepared for the show than she was for the food truck festival held at the end of Fredericksburg Black Restaurant Week.
Shuvonne Bay said to the newspaper that she brought an assortment of 350 cupcakes for sale at the September 6 Food Truck Festival in Stafford. Berry said she used up her cupcakes in an hour and a half for an event slated to last four hours.