Black business owners to network, learn at “Reclaiming our Roots”

Vanessa Williams (from left), Juanita Baranco and Teresa Hardy will be featured speakers at "Black Business Showcase 2019."

Black-owned businesses will be showcasing their goods and services at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center on May 12.

The event, billed as the Black History Celebration “Reclaiming our Roots,” is hosted by DeKalb Commissioner Larry Johnson in partnership with DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond.

The “Black Business Showcase 2019” and “The Business Exchange Networking Reception” take place 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Under the theme “Partnering for Success,” the event, which is in its second year, will bring together business owners to network, share information and make connections to do business with each other.

Johnson, who represents Commission District 3, will welcome participants, Thurmond will provide an update on the status of the SPLOST approved by voters in November 2017, and Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary will bring greetings. 

Juanita Baranco, co-owner of Mercedes Benz of Buckhead auto dealership, will share insights on the challenges and rewards of creating successful partnerships.

Vanessa Williams, CEO/secretary general of the Conference of Black Mayors, will speak on opportunities of doing business with cities in the global marketplace, and DeKalb NAACP president Teresa Hardy will encourage us to buy black and register to vote.

During the Business Exchange Network Reception,  entrepreneurs will get information about the DeKalb County Small Business Loan Program, economic development opportunities, and the Allen Entrepreneurial Institute (AEI) StartUP Factory’s business services: coaching, business training and shared-office space.

The event is free to attend.

The Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center is at 3181 Rainbow Dr. in Decatur.

For more information, call Alice Bussey at 404-288-4440.