Community Connection: Northland BIPOC Business Showcase
This Saturday marks the 4th annual Northland BIPOC Business Showcase. This year's showcase will be at the St. Louis County Depot from 1-5pm.
"It's going to be massive this year," says organizer Kia Ronning. Since its beginning at Washington Center where there were roughly ten venders, the showcase has grown in both the number of vendors and the number of visitors. This year's event will include - along with 35 vendors - music, food, a fashion show, a photo booth, and a dance group. Many of the activities are made possible due to a pairing with Family Freedom Center. "Family Freedom Center is definitely putting on some entertainment for us this year."
"A lot of people don't know where exactly we exist," says Ronning about BIPOC businesses and the impetus behind the event. Having a showcase to connect potential patrons to entrepreneurs has helped launch several businesses. Making the showcase an accessible option ensures that participation won't be a financial hindrance. "This event is always going to remain free for our vendors... this is how we're going to support people, these are the people that we need to support, this is the community that we need to support."
To learn more about the various venders that will be at this year's Northland BIPOC Business Showcase, visit the event Facebook page.
You can hear Community Connection every Tuesday and Thursday at 8am on Northland Morning.