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NW Minority Business Expo: Showcasing women and minority-owned businesses in the community

9/29/2015

NW Minority Business Expo: Showcasing women and minority-owned businesses in the community

9/29/2015

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The northwest is home to one of the most diverse economies in the US, with thousands of small businesses owned by minorities and women. From soul food, wine tours and tasty macarons to graphic design, engineering and architecture; the Pacific Northwest is a region where minority and women owned businesses thrive. Our community partners such as Tabor 100, a grassroots organization that facilitates economic empowerment for many minority and women owned businesses, help us continue to promote and support these amazing local businesses.

In September, Vulcan Inc. co-hosted the 2015 NW Minority Business Expo with Tabor 100 and CenturyLink Field; an annual event which brings together business owners from the Native, African American, Asian, Hispanic and Latino communities to showcase their products and services for other firms, large companies, non-profits and small businesses. This year, the NW Minority Business Expo brought together 50 minority and women owned businesses and over 350 attendees, representing a broad industry base.  

The NW Minority Business Expo is an opportunity for the featured businesses to network and develop business relationships leading to business contracts. Just a few days after the event and we've already heard back from many businesses and non-profits that attended who have contracts in the works with the minority businesses they met, covering construction products and services, engineering, architecture, outdoor signs, automation, flooring and many more! In fact, our Vulcan Inc. logo is being printed by ColorGraphics, a Native-owned company that participated in the event.

Minority owned businesses like those showcased at the expo play a crucial role in keeping our community thriving and providing job opportunities. We’re thrilled to continue building this partnership with so many small businesses that are providing excellent services, in assuring that each year, we all continue to increase the visibility of minority and women owned businesses, as key contributors to our local economy. 

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