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19th Annual Central Illinois Black Expo October 10, 2015 — “Optimizing Opportunities”

The Central Illinois Black Expo is a multicultural event with a unique mix of fun activities, exhibitors, workshops, games, entertainment and more for the entire family. The Expo celebrates 19 years on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM in Exhibit Halls B and C at the Peoria Civic Center. Admission is Free.

1010 PICK Percussions Pulse of Peoria Drumline (Black Expo 2)

PICK Percussions Pulse of Peoria Drumline

1010 Avantgarde Fashion (Black Expo 1)

Avantgarde Fashion

The Expo begins on Saturday with the “Passing the Torch” Teen Summit from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM for ages 13 to 19 featuring Peoria District 150’s Woodruff Career and Technical Center. This powerful Teen Summit will include a variety of motivational speakers equipped to empower our youth. This event will include a Real World Opportunity Fair showcasing various programs with opportunities focusing on different careers and industries. “This is a fantastic chance for teens to get engaged and to find out about different opportunities in Health Occupations, the Construction Trades, Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, and Engineering & Electronics, to name a few. Young people will have an opportunity to interact in real-time with real businesses, organizations, and institutions that have career, trade, and professional opportunities that are readily available throughout Central Illinois”, said Lord Mic, Marketing and Public Relations Director for the Illinois State and the Peoria Black Chamber of Commerce’s.

New this Year

1010 Crowd Scene (Black Expo 4)

Crowd Scene

1010 Expo Crowd (Black Expo 5)

Expo Crowd

Business Workshops – The Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce has expanded their Building Your Business and Creating Wealth workshops adding Health Care and Black Media forums to create even more comprehensive panels designed to inform and help to move your business to the next level.

A new Retail Shopping Area – with lots of free product sampling and a variety of exciting merchandise.

A Gospel Fest – Do you like Gospel music, then don’t miss our Gospel Fest with groups from around Central Illinois. Who will take home the top prize? Auditions will be held mid-September with the finalist performing at the Expo on Saturday, October 10, 2015 starting at 4:00 PM. For information on auditions, call 309-672-1374.

The “Passing the Torch” Competition for Entrepreneurs and Future CEOs – The Central Illinois Black Expo believes in developing and promoting entrepreneurship by introducing two Entrepreneur Competitions. First, we are inviting entrepreneurs of all ages from Illinois to present their business model to an exclusive panel of judges to compete for venture capital and operational services.

1010 Exhibitor (Black Expo 3)


1010 Teen Summit (Black Expo)

Teen Summit

Then, the Expo welcomes College Students from around the state to come and participate in this year’s very first Young Entrepreneurs “Passing the Torch” Business Competition. Students will have the opportunity to pitch their entrepreneurial ideas and products to a panel of experts, investors, and business people for an opportunity to win venture capital, mentorship, and operational services for their business model.

Both competitions will give aspiring entrepreneurs an opportunity to get critical feedback and direction from key business professionals and industry leaders. Contact us at 309-740-4430 for more details.

Movie Premier/Avantgarde Fashion Show – Last year the Expo included “Fashion Unveiled” with Namia Mora, fashion model, America’s Next Top Model winner, and author of “Model Behavior”. This year don’t miss our movie premier with live performances and Avantgarde Fashion presented by the XFactor Agency.

The Expo will also include:

  •      Over 100 exhibitors from around the state showcasing various products and food.

  • Our popular Back to School Hair Cut-A-Thon with FREE haircuts for the kids.

  • An expanded exposition of Woodruff’s Career and Technical Center’s Cosmetology Program with live hair demonstrations and hair braiding.

  • A Future CEO and Business Owners area for children 8 – 16. Does your child have a business? Would you like them to showcase it at the Expo? They can sell their products or services at the Expo for FREE. Products include candy, jewelry, T-shirts, art, books, nail services, and more. This area has limited space so contact us right away.

  • Passing the Torch Contestant Exhibitions

  • An expanded interactive Health and Wellness Fair with free screenings.

  • Our wildly popular, “The Prize Is Right” and “Win It In A Minute” with great prizes.

  • Bowling courtesy of the National Bowling Association (TNBA)’s Youth Bowling Program. Youth will have an opportunity to sample their bowling skills and parents can sign their children up for this year’s bowling league. For questions about this program, contact Minnie Smith, President/Coordinator of TNBA Youth Bowling program at 309-688-7619.

  • Tera’s Kidz Corner’s “Fall Carnival” with crafts, games, and prizes.

  • A 3 Point Shootout with prizes.

  • Face painters, balloon artist, inflatables and more.

With thousands of dollars in cash and prizes being given away, don’t miss your chance to enter and win fabulous items.

If you are interested in being an Expo exhibitor, a sponsor, or a volunteer, call 309-672-1374 for more information.

Don’t miss this year’s Central Illinois Black Expo!