On Saturday, April 14th, Sistahs In Business (SIB) held their very first expo in Newark showcasing black women entrepreneurship. Hundreds of men, women, and children, gathered in the Ramada hotel at eight in the morning to learn the importance of business ownership and making the most of your money.
The event kicked off big with keynote speakers, author
and life coach Lynn Richardson and rap legend Mc Lyte. Both speakers came with plenty of jewels to educate current business owners and those aspiring to start their businesses.
Richardson brought some much-needed truth to the audience, advising on how to stay within your budget and spending lane. ” Buy the bag within your budget, not the bag you know you can’t afford. You should not be carrying a five hundred dollar bag if you don’t have five hundred in the bag daily”, said Richardson.
The guest had plenty of bags to chose from amongst the many retail vendors at the expo. SIB provided space for over seventy vendors offering a variety of services from clothing, beauty products, food, and more.
The founder and CEO of the SIB expo, Aisha Taylor Issah was the leading lady behind the event. Issah who is also a professor, minister, and entrepreneur, spoke about how the idea of the expo developed.
“What inspired me to start the SIB expo was the challenges that I faced as a woman of color owning a business. I started a career consulting business back in 2005 with my sister and we had some challenges in terms of being able to get the word out about what we did. . . I began to talk to women of color and they were experiencing some of the same challenges even now with social media. God gave me the vision to start an expo for women of color that allowed them to come in at a lower price point, reach a wider audience, and also to be more inclusive with different types of businesses”, said Issah.
Newark, New Jersey was the first, but not the last stop for the Sistah’s In Business Expo. SIB will be holding their next event at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA on July 14. They will also be hosting events in Columbia, South Carolina on August 11th and Atlanta, Georgia on October 13th of this year.
“We’re already looking for larger venues for next year. . . We wanna do really well on the east coast, then go over to the west coast, and then international! We gonna take it over!”, stated Issah.
Information for any upcoming events can be found on www.SistahsInBusinessExpo.com