The inaugural Minority Business Expo was held at Lynchburg University, showcasing over 23 minority-owned and operated businesses. Organized by Lynchburg University’s African American Affinity Group (AAAG), the event was the vision of Tracy McRae. McRae said the exhibit was a dream come true for Dr. King, and she was thrilled to see it come true. She emphasized that the event was a way to give exposure to small businesses in Lynchburg and surrounding counties, offering them an opportunity to network with other businesses at the university.
Dr. Robert Canida, also a AAAG member, expressed his excitement for the event’s inaugural year. He emphasized the importance of representing black businesses in Lynchburg and surrounding areas. Organizers and attendees alike are excited about the prospect of future fairs that will continue to support and promote minority-owned businesses in the region. The expo provided a platform for these businesses to showcase their products and services to potential customers, while also providing an opportunity for networking with other entrepreneurs in the area.