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blackBizFest 2025


  by Marsha Willis


2024 Hosts & Emcees

Marsha Willis

Black Business Ball Host

Angela Believes 

Black Business Ball Emcee

Quez Beasley

Black Expo Host

2024 Speakers

Taylor Overton 

Keynote Speaker

Kansas Department of Commerce

Sage Williams

Keynote Speaker

Business Intelligence & Strategy

Burtin Kelso


Chief Tech Expert, Intrigal 

Alysha Harris


Trichologist & Health 

Sandra Kenly


Inspirational Speaker and Empowered Entrepreneur

Ezre Redwood


Business Strategist 

BlackBizFest Signature Events

Signature Events


Black Expo

Discover the heart of black entrepreneurship and culture at the BlackBizFest signature event, the Black Expo. Immerse yourself in a dynamic showcase of black-owned businesses, products, and services. From innovative startups to established enterprises, experience the diversity and excellence of black entrepreneurship firsthand. Network with industry leaders, explore new opportunities, and celebrate the spirit of economic empowerment within the black community.

Bartle Hall


Black Business Ball & Honors

Elevate your networking experience and celebrate success at the BlackBizFest Black Business Ball. Join entrepreneurs, professionals, and influencers for an unforgettable evening of elegance and empowerment. Entertainment, and inspiring keynote speakers. Connect with like-minded individuals, forge valuable partnerships, and honor the achievements of black businesses and leaders. Step into a world of sophistication and solidarity, where business meets celebration in style.

Grand Ballroom

  • ​2025 Date TBD
  • ​Time TBD
  • ​Formal Attire Strongly Recommended 

2024 Partners

“Empowering Dreams, Elevating Communities: BlackBizFest – Where Excellence Thrives!”

"Black Excellence Unveiled: Your Journey Begins Now!"

Step into the vibrant world of BlackBizFest and watch your business glow up! Get ready to level up as you soak in the wisdom that's about to skyrocket your success. This isn't just a gathering – it's a game-changer.

Imagine linking up with fellow go-getters who are on the same wavelength as you. Swap stories, soak in game-changing advice, and vibe with the best in the biz. These connections are not just for show; they're the real deal, setting the stage for epic collaborations.

Once the party's over, you'll still be riding high on that empowerment wave. Your business isn't just a side hustle; it's a whole movement. BlackBizFest doesn't just boost your bank balance; it launches your brand to new heights.

Feel the rhythm of culture in every interaction, share those success stories, and ride that unstoppable momentum to success. This isn't just an event; it's a total transformation. BlackBizFest isn't just opening doors; it's building bridges to a future where your business is thriving, celebrated, and making serious bank. Don't miss out – FOMO is real!


Downtown offers paid parking garages and metered parking. Uber, Shared and Public Transportation is highly recommended.


welcome to BlackBizBizFest

BlackBizFest is a week-long, city-wide transformative gathering that empowers African American business owners across Kansas City. Delve into cutting-edge resources, engage with impactful speakers, forge life-changing connections with experts, and cultivate a vibrant community of like-minded individuals.

​​​BlackBizFest provides tangible guidance, mentorship, and inclusive spaces for black business owners, in addition to intentional economic support of black businesses within the community. The culmination of the week features our signature events—the Kansas City Black Expo, Black Ball & Honors—at the Kansas City Convention Center.



Catapult your brand into the spotlight at the Black Expo's Vendors Marketplace! Showcase your hustle, innovation, and success in a vibrant community that thrives on culture. Connect with a diverse audience, weave your brand into the cultural tapestry, and let your business shine. Join us, secure your spot now, and be the driving force behind a culture-driven revolution for your brand. Don't miss out—this is your moment!

"We're doing Ultra Black!"

Black business ball

Unlock a night of elegance and success at The Black Business Ball & Awards! Picture a refined celebration showcasing the achievements of minority business leaders in Kansas City. Join passionate individuals in an atmosphere of positivity and commitment to small businesses. This isn't just an event – it's an opportunity for networking and collaboration among business leaders. Be part of the legacy; reserve your spot now! 

BlackBizFest is the ultimate playground for ambitious entrepreneurs, offering a roadmap to transform your dreams into a thriving business.

"Empower Future Leaders: Let's Shape Tomorrow Together!"

Youth Pavilion

Calling all changemakers and supporters of youth empowerment!

Are you ready to make a real difference in the lives of young entrepreneurs, performers, and innovators? Join us in supporting the Black Expo Youth Pavilion and help us create opportunities for growth, creativity, and success.

Here's the challenge: donate today to the Black Expo Youth Pavilion and be a catalyst for change! Your contribution will directly impact the lives of young individuals, providing them with the resources and support they need to thrive.

Whether it's $10, $50, or more, every donation counts! Let's come together as a community to uplift and empower the next generation. Together, we can make a lasting impact and create a brighter future for our youth.

Are you up for the challenge? Click the link below to donate and share this post to spread the word! Let's show the world the power of our collective generosity.

​Let's do this!

Upcoming Event LineUp

See what's happening and join the festivities!

Check back for event lineUp. 

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