Event seeks to promote economic development through increased exposure for minority-owned businesses in South Carolina and beyond.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Black Expo — an annual event intended to educate, enlighten and empower the community — returns in 2021 but due to the pandemic, changes in the event's presentation were necessary.
"If there was ever a time Black Expo was needed in our community, it is now," says Darrin Thomas.
Darrin Thomas is the President of the 2021 Virtual South Carolina Black Expo.
For more 20 years, Black Expo has felt like a family reunion or homecoming, but COVID-19 has changed how the event reaches the African American community.
Thomas says this year's event is crucial for increasing exposure for minority owned businesses, especially those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
"When those companies grow, they impact our communities in so many ways, like being able to hire folks," says Thomas. "We must reinvest resources, because …