The Nashville Black Market is hosting its fourth annual Black History Month Expo from February 11-12 at The Fairgrounds Nashville. The expo will feature over 100 Black-owned businesses, food trucks, live music, DJs, and interactive activities for the whole family. Additionally, organizations and educators with a significant impact on the community will be highlighted.
According to Darius McDonald of the Nashville Black Market, the primary mission of the expo is to develop ecosystems for Black entrepreneurs to reach a larger audience. The team behind the event aims to make it one of the largest celebrations of Black History Month in the South, offering something for everyone to enjoy.
The Nashville Black Market has been committed to giving local entrepreneurs a voice since 2018. Their goal is to help these business owners succeed and support their families by giving back to their communities. The expo provides a level playing field and opportunities for business owners to provide for their families, gain exposure, and scale their businesses.
The Nashville Black Market has received great support from the community, and a retail shop featuring local Black-owned businesses is planned to open this spring. In the meantime, the market can be found monthly at the Nashville Farmers’ Market.
Javvon Jones with NBM stated that they have invested $200,000 back into the community in 2021 and $500,000 in 2022, with the aim to double the figure this year. Carlos Partee with NBM stated that this is just the start of the many things they hope to achieve in the community.