Black History Month: Business Fair

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – The Northwest Arkansas Black-Owned Trade Show featured more than 50 businesses Saturday in Springdale.

The 3rd annual event was full of food, shopping and celebration.

This was an opportunity to bring more visibility to local minority-owned businesses in the NWA. NWA’s Black Business Directory hosted the event. One of the organizers, Sierra Polk, said the community’s support for local businesses was exciting.

“It’s amazing, every year we’ve done this, we’ve seen 300 or 400 people every year,” Polk said. “This year, of course, we wanted to go even bigger and better, so we have a bigger and better venue and we’re excited to welcome everyone back to the community.”

One of the vendors, Tina Gilbert, said it was great to be able to showcase her HR business to the community.

“I had no idea there were so many minority businesses here, so seeing this is absolutely amazing,” Gilbert said.

The event raised awareness of local businesses that might otherwise struggle to get it. Martin Lang presented his clothing company at the exhibition.

“There just aren’t many opportunities like this in streetwear, so I wanted to spread the word about it,” Lang said.

NWA’s Black Business Directory hopes to hold another expo this summer.

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