Become an Exhibitor

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Like the rest of the world, we at Texas Black Expo are working to adjust to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. As a non-profit organization, we are especially vulnerable, as we rely on support from you, our sponsors, who we know are also affected.

While we anticipate that the pandemic will come to an end before the summer months arrive, we do not think it is prudent to take a “wait and see” approach. Therefore, we have decided to modify Summer Celebration 2020 not to include the tradeshow held at the George R Brown Convention Center and conduct scheduled programming on Thursday, June 11 and Friday, June 12 only, which include:

BPA Professional Networking Reception – Thursday, June 11 at 6 p.m.

Coffee and Conversation Business Development Forum – Friday, June 12, 8 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Corporate Awards Luncheon featuring Dr. Kase Lawal – Friday, June 12 at 12 Noon

These events have historically seen very robust and enthusiastic attendance, and we expect the same for this year. We are excited to be able to offer these events, which we believe are important to Houston’s African American small business community.

We know this is a trying time for everyone across the globe, but we remain optimistic about the future and look forward to seeing you this summer. Thank you for your continued support.

Texas Black Expo, Inc.

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Benefits of Becoming an Exhibitor

  • Increase brand awareness among the second largest African American consumer market in the US with a buying power of 86 billion dollars.
  • Engage Audiences with Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative that supports youth development and gain access to capital in Business.
  • Encourage trial and generate sales with the opportunity to sell, distribute samples or conduct a product demo on-site.
  • Generate positive media coverage by partnering with a nonprofit dedicated to the economic development of undeserved communities.

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  • Provided training and services of over 3,000 at risk business and start ups

  • Helped 125 local businesses to employ 143 people with total economic impact of $6.3M per year

  • Distributed over $28,000 in emergency micro grants to local business owners affected by Hurricane Harvey

  • Provided training and services of over 3,000 at risk business and start ups.


  • Assisted approximately 4,000 through college prep workshops

  • Awarded over $10,000 in scholarships to high school seniors

Audience and Reach

  • News media impressions: 117 Million

  • Social Media Reach: 15 Million

  • Attendance: 20,000 +

Top Media Coverage

Expo Demographic

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Tracye McDaniel – President and CEO of the Texas Economic Development Corporation

Dr. Gene Landrum – Founder of Chuck E. Cheese

Susan L. Taylor – Former Editor in Chief of Essence

Tom Joyner – Founder of REACH Media Inc

Edwin Bosso – CEO of Myrtle Consulting Group

Zawadi Bryant – COO of Nightlight Pediatric

Sherman Lewis Ill – President of The Lewis Group

Natalie Madeira Cofield – President of Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce

Julian Castro – Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Kirbyjon Caldwell – Windsor Village United Methodist Pastor

Celebrity Appearances

  • Letoya Luckett
  • Chubb Rock
  • Carl Anthony Payne
  • Case
  • Force M.D.’s
  • Nick Cannon
  • Tank
  • Chante Moore
  • Doug E. Fresh
  • Biz Markie
  • MC Lyte
  • India Arie
  • Regina Belle
  • Will Downing
  • Darrin Henson
  • George Clinton
  • Mint Condition
  • Morris Day
  • Pooch Hall

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Opening Ceremony

Elected officials, corporate partners and local media will help kick-off the 4-day weekend celebration! This event is by invitation only and includes a press conference followed by an exclusive reception

Professional Networking Happy Hour

An exclusive welcome reception for Texas’ top business leaders and young professionals to eat, drink and network. This event allows for one-on-one networking and connects leading organizations with top talent.

Corporate Awards Luncheon

Each year, Texas Black Expo honors business professionals, agencies and organizations for their contribution to the economic growth of the Houston community. Executives and corporations look forward to this formal lunch and lineup of influential speakers.

Feel Good Friday Party

A star-studded event that kicks off Texas Black Expo weekend festivities. Music enthusiasts and social tastemakers look forward to the Houston nightlife experience with performances by legendary DJs and recording artists.

Consumer Show

George R. Brown Convention Center serves as the hub for thousands of people. Attendees get to shop products from local businesses, test the latest technologies as well as attend empowerment seminars, live concerts and hair shows. All day attraction and activities for kids make this event fun for the entire family.

Mainstage Stage

Main events such as our Diva Dialogue seminar, Family Game Day, live performances and more.

Empowerment Stage

Workshops and seminars focused on financial empowerment, education, relationships and more.

Health Stage

Live fitness sessions, nutrition tips, cooking demos.

College Fair & Workshop

This event attracts over 400 registered attendees each year. Students get the opportunity to learn about the admissions process, academic programs, financial aid and more. With over 30 participating universities and colleges, informational workshops and scholarship giveaways, this has become a high-traffic component of the Expo.

Aspire Youth Entrepreneurs Camp

This 2-week intensive summer program, leading up to our annual Summer Celebration, introduces teens to entrepreneurship through project-based learning, hands-on training, leadership development and exposure to business opportunities. Students participate in a business plan competition and get the opportunity to work with executives through our strategic business sponsors. Winners will be honored at a camp graduation pep rally during the Expo.

The Naturalista Symposium

Natural hair influencers and industry experts host a weekend of meet-ups, hair clinics, seminars and product demos, exclusively designed for women who practice chemical-free and natural haircare.

Diva Dialogue

This women’s empowerment seminar features high profile women in business and entertainment. Attendees get the opportunity to discuss topics impacting today’s modern woman.

Old School Concert

Guests from Texas and surrounding areas gather under – the stars for an evening of musical entertainment by some of their favorite old-school hip-hop and R&B artists.      

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