With a mission to revive the economy one small business at a time by bridging the gap between entrepreneurs, agencies, associations, commerce’s, and city & state officials, Shontina Gladney of Pinnacle Motivations along with her dynamic Expo team, Rashell Gladney, Jodine Basterash and Brandi Iberia Austin, shattered barriers and successfully pulled off Milwaukee’s 1st Expo catered to the small business owner.
Held at the Wyndham Milwaukee Hotel & Convention Center, 4747 S. Howell, the two-day event began on with the Founders Breakfast sponsored by Serenity Funeral Home amid a panel of area entrepreneurs including Ruben Hopkins – Black Chamber of Commerce, Bridgette Ridgeway – Taylorfield, Adolph Allen – Family of Giants, and Erbert Johnson – North Milwaukee State Bank who provided attendees with answers to their entrepreneurial focused questions.
An informative Press conference moderated by Shanquil Merriweather, President of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Milwaukee, proceeded the dignified dining followed by the grand opening of the Expo doors.
More than 80 Vendors from all areas of business in the city themed market place flooded the Expo hall. The Black Chamber of Commerce was among some of the exhibitors along with WeMerge Media, Milwaukee Community Journal, Daver’ Fashions, Weatherspoon and Associates, Fabulous Darling, Gumbo Man, JWM Productions and a slew of other community organizations and businesses. Expo entertainment included American Idol’s Felix Ramsey, Eddie Rutledge and the Amani’s World Band, Dynamic All-Starz II Dance Team and more!
Educational seminars led by Wisconsin’s & Illinois top trainers were offered each day as well as access to the evening events with a Key to the City celebrating promoters and entrepreneurs of our city’s night life. Evening entertainment included L’DIA Consignment Network’s Fashion Extravaganza, Dan Vaughn’s Funk N’ Truth Variety Show and the amazing KIC Band sponsored by Masterpiece Enterprises under the direction of Luminocity Enterprises.