JANESVILLE, Wis. – A Black Enterprise Expo is one among quite a few issues coming to Uptown Janesville (Previously Janesville Mall) to focus on and advance the careers of Black entrepreneurs.
The expo, which is able to function greater than a dozen Black enterprise house owners, will start Saturday July 10 and proceed each different Saturday all through the autumn.
As well as, 14 black enterprise house owners will mix to share a storefront this fall.
“There’s going to be every little thing from present retailers, to all pure skincare merchandise, issues like that,” mentioned Genia Stevens, Founding father of Rock County Jumpstart. “They’re actually simply working collectively to determine it out. It’s wonderful to see it taking place.”
Stevens based Rock County Jumpstart in 2019, and has since labored to make occasions just like the expo attainable.
“Rock county jumpstart is an incubator and accelerator for black enterprise house owners within the Rock County space,” she mentioned. “One of many issues that I’ve at all times needed to do is present an area, discover a house for our enterprise house owners to have the ability to come out of the basement, come out of the kitchen, come off of the porch, and have an everyday place to have the ability to promote their services, introduce themselves to their clients on a really common foundation.”
Stevens has additionally labored to assist everlasting storefronts for Black enterprise house owners who’re prepared for the problem.
“I used to be contacted by Genia and the administration of the mall saying ‘Hey, now we have a chance to perhaps are available in, hire one among our kiosks, and promote your merchandise,’” mentioned Tennisha Loggins, who owns Snacks & Stuff Truck in Beloit. “I assumed it was superior, as a result of with a cellular truck, it’s laborious to search out totally different places that you simply wish to be and that individuals don’t thoughts you to be.”
Loggins says she’s going to transfer right into a everlasting location at Uptown Janesville on September 1.
“I really feel like I really feel extra captivated with speaking with different enterprise house owners than I do for myself,” Stevens mentioned. “It simply feels extraordinarily wonderful. As I watch these enterprise house owners develop and I watch them do nice issues, I really feel like I’m a cheerleader cheering for them.”
Stevens says any enterprise proprietor within the assist and recommendation Rock County Jumpstart can present is welcome to get related. A hyperlink to the Jumpstart web site could be discovered here.
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