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TEXAS BLACK EXPO’S

16th Annual Summer Celebration

EDUCATION . INVESTING . EXPANDING

Dear Partners and Prospective Sponsors:

When we held our first Expo, more than 15 years ago, we wanted to create a platform for minority businesses to promote their product and services. Today, we have surpassed that goal and expanded our mission to strengthen underserved communities through economic development.

With year-round programs such as our Texas Small Business Emergency Micro-Grant Source, we support at-risk businesses by offering access to capital up to $1,500 without any necessary repayment.

Our newly-formed youth entrepreneurship program will provide at-risk youth with training in marketing, accounting, business plan writing as well as essential problem-solving and leadership skills.

As we prepare for our largest fund raising event, I want to extend this exciting opportunity to help enhance our mission while demonstrating your social responsibility initiatives to key stakeholders.

Please take a moment to review our packages and benefits for the 16th Annual Summer Celebration, and we look forward to discussing working with you as a partner.

Sincerely,

Jerome Love

Founder and President

For the past 15 years, Texas Black Expo has hosted Summer Celebration – the largest minority business expo and festival in the south. The annual event attracts thousands of attendees from Texas and surrounding areas as well as over 200 vendors and scores of corporate sponsors. The 4-day experience includes a lineup of top celebrity entertainers, influential speakers, business development seminars, health and wellness exhibits, beauty demos, women’s forums, concert performances and more.

Our Mission & Core Focus Areas

Texas Black Expo is a nonprofit and economic development organization that empowers at-risk businesses and youth by providing entrepreneurial and educational opportunities.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life within underserved communities, by creating continuous economic growth though business development and inspiring youth.

We focus on 3 critical areas to help accomplish our goals:

  • Assist startups and at-risk businesses through financial education, business plan development and organizational formation.
  • Empower existing at-risk businesses through operational development, strengthening business models, and providing access to capital.
  • Inspire at-risk youth by providing training and resources to prepare them for entrepreneurship and/or college life.

What’s in it for Your Brand?

BUSINESS SUCCESS

  • Provided training and services of over 3,000 at risk business and start ups

  • Helped 125 local businesses to employ 143 people with total economic impact of $6.3M per year

  • Distributed over $28,000 in emergency micro grants to local business owners affected by Hurricane Harvey

  • Provided training and services of over 3,000 at risk business and start ups.

YOUTH SUCCESS

  • Assisted approximately 4,000 through college prep workshops

  • Awarded over $10,000 in scholarships to high school seniors

Audience and Reach

  • News media impressions: 117 Million

  • Social Media Reach: 15 Million

  • Attendance: 20,000 +


Top Media Coverage

Expo Demographic

Speakers

Tracye McDanielPresident and CEO of the Texas Economic Development Corporation

Dr. Gene LandrumFounder of Chuck E. Cheese

Susan L. TaylorFormer Editor in Chief of Essence

Tom JoynerFounder of REACH Media Inc

Edwin BossoCEO of Myrtle Consulting Group

Zawadi Bryant COO of Nightlight Pediatric

Sherman Lewis IllPresident of The Lewis Group

Natalie Madeira CofieldPresident of Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce

Julian CastroSecretary of Housing and Urban Development

Kirbyjon CaldwellWindsor Village United Methodist Pastor

 

Celebrity Appearances

  • Letoya Luckett
  • Chubb Rock
  • Carl Anthony Payne
  • Case
  • Force M.D.’s
  • Nick Cannon
  • Tank
  • Chante Moore
  • Doug E. Fresh
  • Biz Markie
  • MC Lyte
  • India Arie
  • Regina Belle
  • Will Downing
  • Darrin Henson
  • George Clinton
  • Mint Condition
  • Morris Day
  • Pooch Hall

Sponsors

Opening Ceremony

Elected officials, corporate partners and local media will help kick-off the 4-day weekend celebration! This event is by invitation only and includes a press conference followed by an exclusive reception

Professional Networking Happy Hour

An exclusive welcome reception for Texas’ top business leaders and young professionals to eat, drink and network. This event allows for one-on-one networking and connects leading organizations with top talent.

Corporate Awards Luncheon

Each year, Texas Black Expo honors business professionals, agencies and organizations for their contribution to the economic growth of the Houston community. Executives and corporations look forward to this formal lunch and lineup of influential speakers.

Feel Good Friday Party

A star-studded event that kicks off Texas Black Expo weekend festivities. Music enthusiasts and social tastemakers look forward to the Houston nightlife experience with performances by legendary DJs and recording artists.

Consumer Show

George R. Brown Convention Center serves as the hub for thousands of people. Attendees get to shop products from local businesses, test the latest technologies as well as attend empowerment seminars, live concerts and hair shows. All day attraction and activities for kids make this event fun for the entire family.

Mainstage Stage

Main events such as our Diva Dialogue seminar, Family Game Day, live performances and more.

Empowerment Stage

Workshops and seminars focused on financial empowerment, education, relationships and more.

Health Stage

Live fitness sessions, nutrition tips, cooking demos.

College Fair & Workshop

This event attracts over 400 registered attendees each year. Students get the opportunity to learn about the admissions process, academic programs, financial aid and more. With over 30 participating universities and colleges, informational workshops and scholarship giveaways, this has become a high-traffic component of the Expo.

Aspire Youth Entrepreneurs Camp

This 2-week intensive summer program, leading up to our annual Summer Celebration, introduces teens to entrepreneurship through project-based learning, hands-on training, leadership development and exposure to business opportunities. Students participate in a business plan competition and get the opportunity to work with executives through our strategic business sponsors. Winners will be honored at a camp graduation pep rally during the Expo.

The Naturalista Symposium

Natural hair influencers and industry experts host a weekend of meet-ups, hair clinics, seminars and product demos, exclusively designed for women who practice chemical-free and natural haircare.

Diva Dialogue

This women’s empowerment seminar features high profile women in business and entertainment. Attendees get the opportunity to discuss topics impacting today’s modern woman.

Old School Concert

Guests from Texas and surrounding areas gather under – the stars for an evening of musical entertainment by some of their favorite old-school hip-hop and R&B artists.      

Sponsorship Opportunities

• Corporate name included in the title of the event (i.e. The “Corporate Name” Summer Celebration)

• Branding and speaking opportunity for company representative at Opening Ceremony

• Company name included on crystal trophy for Corporate Awards Luncheon (i.e. The “Corporate Name” Awards)

• Opportunity to present award at Corporate Awards Luncheon

• Option to have 1 branded trophy at any future Corporate Awards Luncheon without being a Platinum Sponsor

• 5 Texas Small Business Emergency Micro-Grants will be awarded on behalf of your company/organization

• Logo on staff badges and t-shirts

• Press release announcing title sponsor and event (distributed via newswire service)

• Mention in marketing materials, news releases, social media promotions and advertising

• Co-branded header with link to your website on all Expo email marketing to 10,000+ subscribers

• Branding via Texas Black Expo mobile opp

• Company signage/logo at the expo

• Company name/logo on step and repeat at all events

• Banner ad on organization and summer celebration website

• Name on front cover and full-page ad on back cover of official show guide

• Exhibitor space (20’x 20′) on the expo floor

• Product or promo item included in expo gift bag

• 10 all-access passes to Texas Black Expo events

• One table of 10 at Corporate Awards Luncheon

• 10 tickets to Opening Ceremony and Happy Hour

• 10 VIP tickets and 20 general admission tickets to “Old-School Concert” and “Feel Good Friday” Party

Total Investment= $60,000 

                             

• Opportunity to present award at Corporate Awards Luncheon

• Company mention in press release announcing event (distributed via newswire service)

• Mention in all marketing materials, news releases, social media promotions and advertising

• Sponsored message and company mention via Texas Black Expo mobile opp

• Logo on staff badges and t-shirts

• Company signage/logo at expo tradeshow

• Company name/logo on step and repeat at all events

• Company logo hyperlinked on organization and summer celebration website

• Full-page ad on inside cover of official show guide

• Exhibitor space (10’x 20′) on the expo floor

• Product or promo item included in expo gift bag

• 6 all-access passes to Texas Black Expo events

• One table of 10 at Corporate Awards Luncheon

• 4 tickets to Opening Ceremony and Happy Hour

• 6 VIP tickets and 10 general admission tickets to “Old-School Concert” and “Feel Good Friday” Party

Total Investment= $35,000 

                             

• Company mention in press release announcing event (distributed via newswire service)

• Branded area and/or table at the event of your choice

• Mention in all marketing materials, news releases, social media promotions and advertising

• Logo on staff badges and t-shirts

• Company signage/logo at the expo

• Company logo hyperlinked on organization and summer celebration website

• Name and logo included in official show guide

• Sponsored message and company mention via Texas Black Expo mobile opp

• Exhibitor space (10’x 10′) on the expo floor

• Product or promo item included in expo gift bag

• 2 all-access passes to Texas Black Expo events

• 5 tickets to Corporate Awards Luncheon

• 2 ticket to Opening Ceremony and Happy Hour

• 4 VIP tickets and 5 general admission tickets to “Old-School Concert” and “Feel Good Friday” Party

Total Investment= $15,000 

                             

• Exclusive opportunity to brand and host a camp workshop

• Opportunity to present award to business plan competition winners at the graduation pep rally and Expo

• Logo on t-shirts and summer camp supplies for students

• Branded area at the summer camp and on the expo floor

• Press release announcing partnership and camp enrollment (distributed via newswire service)

• Mention in marketing materials, social media promotions and advertising

• Branding via Texas Black Expo mobile opp

• Company signage/logo at the expo

• Banner ad on organization and summer celebration website

• Name on front cover and full-page ad on back cover of official show guide

• Exhibitor space (20’x 20′) on the expo floor

• Product or promo item included in expo gift bag

• 10 all-access passes to Texas Black Expo events

• One table of 10 at Corporate Awards Luncheon

• 10 tickets to Opening Ceremony and Happy Hour

• 10 VIP tickets and 20 general admission tickets to “Old-School Concert” and “Feel Good Friday” Party

Total Investment= $20,000 

                             

• Opportunity to present scholarship giveaway at the event

• Branded area and/or table on the expo floor

• Company logo hyperlink on organization and summer celebration website

• Mention and /or logo in all marketing materials, news releases, social media promotions and advertising

• Sponsored message and company mention via Texas Black Expo mobile opp

• Exhibition space (10′ x 10′) on the expo floor

• Two tickets to event of your choice

• Two additional tickets to 1 Business to Business event of your choice

• Four general admission tickets to “Old-School Concert” and “Feel Good Friday Party”

• Two all-access VIP passes to Texas Black Expo events

Total Investment= $7,500 

                             

• Branded area at the college fair

• Mention and /or logo in all marketing materials and social media promotions

• Sponsored message via Texas Black Expo mobile app

Total Investment= $1,000 

                             

• Branding and speaking opportunity for company representative at summer camp and Expo

• Mention in marketing materials, social media pro motions and advertising

• Branding via Texas Black Expo mobile opp

• Company signage/logo at the expo

• Company name/logo on step and repeat at all events

• Banner ad on organization and summer celebration website

• Name on front cover and full-page ad on back cover of official show guide

• Exhibitor space (20’x 20′) on the expo floor

• Product or promo item included in expo gift bag

• 10 all-access passes to Texas Black Expo events

• One table of 10 at Corporate Awards Luncheon

• 10 tickets to Opening Ceremony and Happy Hour

• 10 VIP tickets and 20 general admission tickets to “Old-School Concert” and “Feel Good Friday” Party

Total Investment= $5,000 

                             

• Opportunity as Keynote or Guest Speaker at Entrepreneur Empowerment Series OR Professional Networking

       Happy Hour OR Corporate Awards Luncheon

• Branded area and/or table at the event of your choice

• Corporate logo displayed at each table

• Company logo hyperlink on organization and summer celebration website

• Mention in all marketing material, news releases, social media promotions and advertising

• Sponsored message and company mention via Texas Black Expo mobile opp

• Exhibition space (10′ x 10′) on the expo floor

• Two tickets to event of your choice

• Two additional tickets to 1 Business to Business event of your choice

• Four general admission tickets to “Old-School Concert” and “Feel Good Friday Party”

• Two all-access VIP passes to Texas Black Expo events

Total Investment= $10,000 

                             

• Opportunity for on-stage presentation or speech at Feel Good Friday Party OR Diva Dialogue OR The Naturalista

       Symposium OR Old School Concert

• Branded area and/or table at the event of your choice (i.e. VIP area at concert, press room at expo)

• Company logo hyperlink on organization and summer celebration website

• Company name/logo on all marketing material, news releases, and television, radio and print advertising

• Brand mention in all social media promotions and advertising

• Sponsored message and company mention via Texas Black Expo mobile opp

• Exhibition space (10′ x 10′) on the expo floor

• Product or promo item in celebrity gift bags

• Two tickets to event of your choice

• Two additional tickets to 1 Business to Business event of your choice

• Four general admission tickets to “Old-School Concert” and “Feel Good Friday Party

• Two all-access VIP passes to Texas Black Expo events

Total Investment= $7,500 

                             

• Company logo in Corporate Luncheon program

• Company name listed in Corporate Luncheon program

• One table of 10 at Corporate Luncheon

Total Investment= $2,500 

                             

• Company logo included in Corporate Luncheon Program

• One table of 10 at Corporate Luncheon

Total Investment= $1,500 

                             

Shawn Taylor - Honorary Chair

As the honorary chairperson of this year's Texas Black Expo, it is my pleasure to welcome everyone to the 16th Annual Summer Celebration. Houston is the most diverse city in the nation, and we are proud that the largest African American tradeshow in the state is right here in the Bayou City. As a business owner myself, I understand the value of thriving enterprises in the community. That's why I continue to support the Texas Black Expo, which has grown to become one of the most respected organizations for small businesses in Houston's black community. I am also proud of the work TBE does in support of education and professional development of young people. I look forward to another successful Summer Celebration, and I hope to see you there!

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