FREDERICKSBURG, VA — The founders of the Virginia Black Business Directory and Fredericksburg Black Restaurant Week have discovered an untapped market for their services. They are hoping to build on their success in 2020 by hosting the inaugural Virginia Black Business Directory Expo in Stafford County on Oct. 17.
The organizers, Ernisha Hall and Tracey Hall, want the expo to serve as a place for Black business owners to promote their services and products and for attendees to learn about many of the Black-owned businesses in the state. They plan to mine the hundreds of businesses listed in their nonprofit Virginia Black Business Directory to attract business owners to the Saturday, Oct. 17 expo, which will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
In January, the Halls launched the Virginia Black Business Directory, an online platform that lists Black-owned businesses in Virginia and the Washington, D.C. area. Earlier this month,