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December 26, 2016

The Black Expo of Networking, Knowledge and Empowerment

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The Black Expo of Networking, Knowledge and Empowerment

This blog is independently written by #MyQuestToTeach
The information is strictly the opinion of its writer.
William Jackson, M.Ed. CVO My Quest To Teach
@wmjackson Twitter

Contributions are provided by left to right:
Elisha Taylor student at Duval County Public Schools
and speaker with TEDxFSCJ Salon
Young lady name not provided 
Deyona Burton student in Duval County Public Schools
Community Activist
Taylor Richardson student at The Bolles School
Literacy Advocate and Aspiring Astronaut
Jon Gregory
Edward Waters College Student
Graduate of Bolles High School
Speaker at TEDxFSCJ and EdCamp NABSE

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Networking and sharing knowledge and wisdom
Ryan of Ngoma Thunder Drum Troop

The Black Expo provides a wonderful opportunity
for businesses, entrepreneurs, performers and even
youth, teens and  young adults to show the community
what they are about. How they can better engage and
participate in making the community better for
everyone in the areas of business, commerce,
investments and building needed collaborations.

Networking is a learned experience that youth,
teens and young  adults need to understand now
at a young age to prepare them for future business,
civic and community collaborations  and projects.
Many have a business dream, but do not have access
to the resources that allow the dream to come into
fruition. The mental spark is there, but the kindling
needs to be provided to build the fire of production
so it starts to burn hot and bright. Leading to a
viable and strong business that
contributes to the community.

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Financial management  advice……

Each year the Black Expo embraces, recognizes
and awards business owners, visionaries,
entrepreneurs, innovators, and smart creatives.
Their passions that drive them are inspiring
and lead to continued opportunities to hire
and mentor others with the same interests.
Even in business it takes a village because
the village will buy, barter, and have access
to the services the business provides. Building
that business because the relationship
is based on trust, respect and the accountability
of providing a service and need for the
community.

Many that attend the Black Expo, from our
observations are looking for that spark of  inspiration,
that opportunity to gain the knowledge that will
allow them to follow their dreams and to help their
business. Potentially hiring new people, providing
educational training and financing investments to
the community.
Small business is the glue that bonds communities
and allows for re-investments.
Technology has allowed many to connect with each
other and build a network of clients and partnerships.
The statements that many are starting to embrace is,
“don’t look at your business competitor as competition,
but an opportunity for collaboration.”

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Hello Tee – http://www.shophellotee.com

In order for businesses to be recognized, Social Media
is not the end all and be all, it contributes, but nothing
beats meeting and greeting people with a handshake
and a smile. Sharing information
and “word of mouth” alliances.

As an Educational Technology and Social Media instructor
at Edward Waters College, it is a requirement for my
students to blog about their interests, passions, abilities
and skills. Building their Brand and understanding how
important a digital presence is, but more important
building relationships in the community.
Volunteering, mentoring and helping outside of the
business brings exposure and respect to the business.
As I talk to youth, teens and young adults at local and
national conferences it is valuable because the information
they gain is relevant and can be applied to their goals.
Youth, teens and young adults that have a business
mind set must be taught things that are relevant to them
for the now and how it influences their future.

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Moxie Girl and Gabby

The Black Expo is a part of the building process to
put people together, a platform where handshakes
are exchanged, business cards are flowing and
smiles are shared. Before many do business they
establish a relationship based on trust and
mutual respect.
The business package starts with building of
relationships, having a solid Brand and knowing
your Niche. Developing a Marketing  strategy that
is a living document with multifaceted avenues to
provide streams of revenue not just from one source,
but dynamically creating a continuous path to
making money, and just as importantly
re-energizing the community with investments
in people.

The desire to gain business power should never
be the priority over humanity. It is the people that
are the ones that will help build a business or allow
that business to wither away. The youth, teens and
young adults attending should be embraced, mentored
and provided role models so they can achieve their
dreams as future business owners.

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Youth, teens and young adults are contributing
to business success models.

Too many times there are gaps in education, political
influence, economic stability, diversity in commerce
and generational wealth is lacking. Venues like the
Black Expo are proved as viable, solid and productive
Black businesses that are influencing the community
in positive ways and showing each generation of
youth that they do have alternatives to potentially
dangerous and illegal activities. There is life in
following positive people doing positive things
through education, hard work, networking,
technology and investments.

Support Black Businesses because these Black
businesses support the communities they are
established in, by providing needed tax revenue,
mentors, role models and job opportunities.

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Pro. Wm Jackson, Blogger and Author Harold Harvey
author of “Justice in the Round”
Essay on the American Jury System

Resources:
15th Annual Florida Black Expo
https://www.facebook.com/BlackExpoSouth/

Accounting and Financial Womens Alliance
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/afwa-winter-tini-social-tickets-30220477261?aff=erelexpmlt

30th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/30th-annual-martin-luther-king-jr-breakfast-presented-by-florida-blue-tickets-29893201370?aff=erellivmlt

Women In Insurance and Financial Services
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/northeast-florida-wifs-january-luncheon-registration-29789105015?aff=erelexpmlt

Sun Entertainment
http://suncityentertainment.com/florida-black-expo.php

Black Expo South
http://blackexposouth.com/

Florida Black Expo
http://blackexposouth.com/florida-black-expo/

My Quest to Teach
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/

Business Training and Collaboration
http://www.e3businessgroup.us/

1st Annual Community Film Festival
Daytona Beach, Florida
FreshBookFestivals@gmail.com
(386) 627-4353

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October 25, 2015

What Should You Take Away from the Black Expo 2015


What Should You Take Away from the Black Expo 2015
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Teacher of the Year, Instructor at Edward Waters College
Social Media Visionary with Reader Theater and
Empowerment Resources, Mentor in 5000 Role Models
and Supporter of E3 Business Group North Florida Chapter
Blogger, Social Media Presenter, Community Activist

The Black Expo of 2015 can be seen as a success in many
ways not just economically, although that is important in its
significance to show the value of Black dollars. The cultural
influences of businesses, entrepreneurs, ministries, educational
entities, community based groups that work with youth, teens,
young adults and even the seniors of the community can be
seen as a polarizing force for community unification, cultural
pride and social influence. #BlackBusinessesDoMatter

The Black Expo should be seen that in order for Blacks to see
economic change in their communities they must make the changes
themselves by investing in their own communities, investing in their
youth, investing in the educational system, investing in STEM/STEAM
community projects; not waiting for outside entities or government to
tell Blacks what to do, how to do it and when to do it, then turn around and
take Black dollars from Black communities to re-invest in other areas that
do not help Black families. #IndenturedServitudedHasEnded


The Adventures of Moxie Girl

The presence of businesses like Angie Nixon and her daughter Natalie
(The Adventures of Moxie Girl), to the educational and community
volunteerism of young people like Taylor Richardson, “An Agent of STEAM,”
to the Teen Leaders of America (Marcia Brown, Executive Director), and
even new groups that are servicing the teens of Jacksonville, Florida,
there is new growth for teens.


Taylor Richardson “An Agent of STEAM”

Youth, teens and young adults do have outlets to express their creative
abilities, there are things to do in Jacksonville just for youth, teens and our
young adults like the Jax Youth Poetry Slam, Inc. that opens doors for
youth to use poetry, spoken word and even dramatizations to express their
experiences in life, Creating New Directions is working with youth to excel in
life through education and mentoring. Reader Theater and the Black Superheroes
highlights the historic successes of ex-slaves and the historical contributions
of Blacks through theatrical reading and acting. There are more……….
#BlackYouthNeedSupport


Elisha Taylor of Westside Church of Christ working
with Readers Theater in technology and Social Media

There can be no doubt that African Americans / Blacks / People of Color
or whatever new terms are being used for this, and in this new generation
are being applied are showing that there is still economic power and influence
within the Black / African American communities.

Business mentorship and educational mentorship is vital to keep Black
businesses running and contributing to the community. “The Black community
cannot afford to criticize each other, talk down to each other or stab each
other in the back because the consequences affect us all.”  William Jackson, M.Ed.

Blacks in government should not cheat the Black communities from investments
to send to other parts of Jacksonville for personal gain, they are accountable to
multiple generations of Blacks and their success and value.
The mental influence to Black youth when they see Black businesses at the Black
Expo carries enormous pride and dignity and shows the value of education,
mentoring, hard work, and participation/contribution in their communities. To take
pride in their abilities and to learn how to Market and Brand themselves in
positive directions, not what is seen in the media with negativity.
#BlackYouthNeedMentors

The pride of Black business owners can be seen in their professional
mannerisms, attention to professional dress and speech, and application
of diverse technologies. The importance of having a 30 to 60 second “pitch”
is seen as you hear enthusiastic presentations not just to sell something,
but to inform, educate and encourage. Passing out business cards, flyers,
DVD’s, posters and taking selfies to post online. These are all tools to share
content that creates interests, forms valuable relationships and helps to build
clients, customers and even volunteers for community projects.

What Should You Take Away from the Black Expo 2015;
1.cultural pride, 2. gender growth (there are increased businesses run by
women), 3. increased cultural and self-esteem, 4. being prepared at all times
to share information, 5. proper planning to prepare for potential partnerships,
6.building sound business sense, 7.having a business plan, 8. always have business
cards handy, 9. awareness to effectively use technology and Social Media in
positive ways, 10.involving youth/teens to teach them business etiquette,
11. involve teens in activities that teach business management, 12. the value
of education and being a life-long learner, 13. how to properly network,
14. no room for being shy, scared or complacent in life, 15. the power of a
handshake, a smile and direct eye contact. 16. stay in contact with clients and
customers, 17. use free services from the Better Business Bureau, Small Business
Association and other groups. 18. attend workshops and conferences,
19. know your value, 20. plan monthly and yearly to manage your budget and take
business classes.

Two key points, the Black community will only grow as its youth, teens and
young adults grow. They need community and school mentors in programs
like 5000 Role Models of Duval County Public Schools, E3 Business Group
program (So You Want to be an Entrepreneur) given by Anthony Butler, and
even the Call Me Mister program of Edward Waters College that helps build
young men to become educators.

The Black Expo of 2015 should not end with business as usual, there should
be transformative growth, increased networking events in the Black community,
increased re-investment/investment opportunities, educational support in
schools and sharing of resources to increase the strength of community initiatives
that build Black businesses.

Don’t let next year’s Black Expo 2016 be the only place where you meet the
same people and make the same promise to do the same thing with the same results.

rtrc
Coming in February 2016 – Real Talk Real Change “Who Da Man?!”
https://www.facebook.com/events/1454838178151912
Time for men to standup and speak up and man up!!!!!

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