First-ever local Black Business Expo set for Sat., Sept 23 at IX Art Park

Free event celebrates black-owned businesses, features live reggae act Mighty Joshua

WTJU 91.1 FM and Lifeview Marketing present the first-ever Charlottesville-Albemarle Black Business Expo – Saturday, September 23, 2-7 p.m. at the IX Art Park, 522 2nd Street SE in Charlottesville.

The Black Business Expo supports and celebrates local black-owned businesses. It is a FREE event designed to celebrate and encourage the success of black-owned businesses locally and beyond. 

You are invited to attend the Expo 2-7 p.m. featuring business panel discussions from 2-5 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with black business owners, learn more, and even purchase fantastic items.

“These business owners add to our local economy, and I hope that a lot of folks will come check them out,” said Nathan Moore, WTJU General Manager. “Attendance at the Black Business Expo is not limited to people who are African-American – all are warmly invited to attend this public expo.”

The Black Business Expo on September 23 coincides with WTJU’s Freefall concert series at the IX Art Park. Starting at 6:30 p.m., independent Reggae Artist Mighty Joshua enthralls audiences by opening minds and activating bodies through song. Sons of Ichibei opens the show at 5:30 p.m. with rapid-fire hip-hop flows.

“Mighty Joshua shares his love of reggae music and culture with tremendous performances for the masses. He is truly an amazing showman making amazing music.” said Moore.

Business owners can still register for the Black Business Expo. Email BlackBizExpo@ for more information and to reserve a booth.

More information at the Facebook event page: