Dozens of businesses showcasing goods and services at Black Empowerment Marketplace

More than 55 black-owned businesses will be showcasing their products and services at the Black Empowerment Forum and MarketPlace at First Afrikan Church on Nov. 17.

The inaugural event will feature a range of business owners including doctors, lawyers, car dealerships, vendors selling jewelry, toys and financial services.

The daylong event, sponsored by GM Shaw Productions and CrossRoadsNews, kicks off at 9 a.m. with the Black Empowerment Forum. Panellists include attorney Mawuli Davis of Decatur-based Davis Bozeman Law firm,  A. Laura Durojaiye, founder of TransCart/Transquip International, Inc., Yvonne Forbes, owner of Forbes Insurance Services, Sandy English of Legal Shields, and Alice Bussey of Bussey Florists discussing black economic empowerment in a live podcast presented by “Beneath the Surface with Lillie Shaw.”

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, the Black Empowerment MarketPlace opens noon to 5 p.m. for shopping.

Rev. Lillie Shaw Lomax, owner of GM Shaw Productions, said that before we head to Lenox Mall, Amazon and the like, we should spent some of our money with businesses in our community.

“The black community spends $1.7 trillion and the largest percent of that is going into other communities,” she said.  “We can be self sustaining by starting with us and by supporting our own businesses. Every other community does it.”

First Afrikan Church is at 5197 Salem Road in Stonecrest. For more information,  call 678-748-1524.