Black Expo’s New Entrepreneur Event Showcasing Black-Owned Businesses


Black entrepreneurship will be on full display this year at the 51st Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration at a new exhibit called the Black Wall Street Zone.

The expo will feature more than 30 local black-owned businesses, many of whom are recent graduates of Black Expo’s Black Business Training Institute.

The institute offers programs intended to equip business owners with practical skills as well as knowledge, opportunities and connections to help sustain and grow the business, according to their website.

Tanya McKinzie, president of Black Expo, said economic development is a persistent goal.

“When we talk about Summer Celebration, people often think of it as entertainment,” McKinzie said. “But really, for me, it’s about black culture and that sense of belonging and what it means for our community to celebrate our accomplishments and our accomplishments, but also to talk about the issues that affect us the most. .”

Tanya McKinzie, President and CEO of Indiana Black Expo.

McKinzie mentioned disparities that exist for black business owners, such as lags in generational knowledge, which she partly attributed to a history of racism.

A story that includes the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, when white rioters looted and burned the Greenwood district of Tulsa, Oklahoma – known as Black Wall Street – to the ground. More than 30 city blocks and 1,000 businesses and homes were destroyed, according to the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum. Before the event, Greenwood was one of the most prosperous black communities in America.

The Black Wall Street Zone, named after the original Black Wall Street, will premiere on Friday, July 15 from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. It will continue until Sunday, July 17.

Here is a list of participating companies that graduated from the Black Business Training Institute:

A Birth Blessing Doula Services, LLC

A Birthed Blessing Doula Services, LLC provides personalized and holistic care for pregnant women from pre-labor through postpartum. Services include family education on infant care and safety, breastfeeding support, and physical and emotional well-being.

LLC Balance Period

Balance Period is a wellness consulting firm that helps organizations that want to better organize their time and energy with a focus on health and wellness.


BOSS’ R US LLC is a clothing retailer that sells women’s dresses, tops and bottoms for a variety of looks from beachwear to streetwear.

LLC Cleansing Care

Cleaning Care LLC is a professional home cleaning service.

Transit LLC Consistent Care

8250 Allison Pointe Blvd., Suite 250, Indianapolis, 46250

Consistent Care Transit LLC is an adult day service designed to assist seniors and young adults with daily and transportation needs. The company also provides room and board to help seniors and young adults with disabilities who need appropriate home health services.

Cretia Cakes

6066 East 82nd St., Indianapolis, 46250

Cretia Cakes is a bakery that offers freshly baked cakes for sale, including carrot cakes, cheesecakes, Italian cream cakes, and more.

Kraze Culture Market

Culture Kraze Marketplace is an online marketplace offering visitors access to international retail items including home decor items, clothing, artwork, and more.

Improved DNA publishing

Enhanced DNA Publishing is a publishing company whose goal is to help storytellers publish their work that meets the standards of the Independent Book Publishing Association. He works with clients from the writing process to the finished product and distribution.

Choose organic skincare

5160 East 65th St., Indianapolis, 46220

Favor Care Organics is a natural skin and hair care line featuring products such as facial cleansers, moisturizing conditioners, body butters, soaps and more.

Freebirds general contractor

Freebirds General Contracting provides professional contracting services for everything from roofing to flooring. She specializes in residential and commercial improvement projects.

Gift arrangements by Renee

2607 Braxton Drive, Indianapolis, 46229

Gift Arrangements by Renee offers customizable gift baskets for a variety of occasions, including birthdays, student grooming packages, Easter baskets and more.

Jones Real Estate Investment Group LLC

2239 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, 46205

Jones Property Investment Group LLC helps Indianapolis residents meet their city living needs.

Lift tumbling and nutrition

3810 North Kercheval Dr., Indianapolis, 46226

Lift Up Tumbling and Nutrition offers cheerleading, recreational tumbling, nutrition coaching, and personal training. He works with clients from infancy through adulthood to improve their fitness and health through nutrition and exercise programs.

Market Square Popcorn

Castleton Square Mall, 6020 East 82nd St., Indianapolis, 46250

Market Square Popcorn uses whole grain Indiana corn to create fresh popcorn with a variety of flavors like Butterscotch Crunch, Dill Pickle, Old Aged Cheddar and White Chocolate Cherry.

Mrs. Murry’s natural products

Ms. Murry’s Naturals specializes in vegan cuisine, including everything from soups, salads and sandwiches to cookies, cakes and pies.

My Wellbeing Wealthy LLC

My Wealthy Wellness LLC helps students, families and organizations improve their financial behavior and work towards financial freedom. He educates clients on the relationship between financial health and personal well-being.

Opulent Shard

Opulent Radiance offers handmade natural skin care products including body scrubs, body oils, cold pressed soaps, body butters and more. The products are intended to be used for holistic daily personal care.

ORR Payroll

14701 North Keystone Ave., Suite 200, Indianapolis, 46220

ORR Payroll provides administrative and management services to support companies looking to outsource operations. Their team of advisors includes payroll administrators, human resource managers, recruiters, office administrators and accountants.

Perked Up, LLC

Perked Up works with businesses to provide custom apparel for branding, marketing, advertising, and other needs.

SofiYah LLC

429 East Vermont St., Suite 002A, Indianapolis, 46202

SofiYah LLC offers handmade soaps, body creams, scrubs and other handmade products for sale and soap making classes.

The 360° experience

The 360° experience trains and coaches models for print media, TV commercials, catwalks and fashion shows. He works with young people to build confidence in a variety of programs, including encouragement, mentoring and internships.


212 West 10th St., 4th Floor, Suite B 425, Indianapolis, 46202

THE PINK TUB offers handmade soaps, lotions, face masks and other skincare items.

tamlaw | the trademark attorney™

125 West South St., #2674, Indianapolis, 46206

Tmalaw is a law firm specializing in trademarks and trademark licensing. It helps companies establish, protect and defend their brands.

The following participating companies were Black Business Training Institute graduates who did not have a physical address provided or an active web address:

  • Be you organic
  • Bounce With Me Bounce House Rentals
  • capture me photography
  • Keeping it simple Concierge
  • Keys 2 Care Staffing Solutions LLC
  • Ladies Night Indy LLC
  • LaMausi International Inc.

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