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Commemorating 400 years of African American History!

Michigan Business Beat
October 25, 2019 4:00 PM

Dr. Tonya BaileyChief Diversity Officer of Lansing Community College (LCC), Dr. Tonya Bailey joins MBN's Jeffrey Mosher on this segment of Michigan Business Beat. Dr. Baily and her department was picked as CAMW!'s MVP of the Month.

Not only does CAMW! recognize the efforts LCC has in connection with October as Michigan College Month, Dr. Bailey and her department has been taking part in a nationwide commemoration of four centuries of African history commission act. This 1619/2019 commemoration across the U.S. has impacted the college's activities and focus. One of the events recently held was the Black Business Expo and Entrepreneur Pitch Competition was recently held Fri. Oct. 18th.

Business owners and community agencies came out to participate in the free event to showcase their products and services. In addition to the expo, they held a pitch competition for entrepreneurs for a chance to win cash prizes.

black-business-graphicLansing Community College’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted that inaugural Black Business Expo and Entrepreneur Pitch Competition, Friday October 18th.  This FREE event was part of LCC’s celebration of the 400 years of African American History Commission Act. Business owners and community agencies are invited to participate in the Expo to showcase their services, products, and information. Although a celebration of Black owned business, all community members were welcome to attend, showcase and/or enter the pitch competition!

Expo vendors were allowed to sell their merchandise, advertise their company, as well as recruit for hiring vacancies. It was an excellent opportunity to promote the business to the community and network with fellow entrepreneurs.

That pitch competition for entrepreneurs allowed them to sell their ideas or services to a panel of judges with a chance to win cash prizes! All entries had the opportunity to attend a “prep seminar” prior to the event with tips on how to perfect the pitch.

Those who attended enjoyed local food trucks on site for the day as well as tours of the LCC West campus facilities. Here is a link to the FaceBook Live which our friends at LEAP recorded.

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