PLAINS TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — From the ability of social media, dozens of native black-owned companies got here collectively for an occasion organized by way of Fb.
“We simply gathered folks by way of social media and other people we all know and the phrase simply unfold like wildfire,” mentioned Janiece Montes, fundamental host and occasion coordinator.
Montes is greater than the occasion coordinator for NEPA’S inaugural black-owned enterprise expo. She’s additionally a enterprise proprietor.
Montes helped collect 73 native companies. She says getting members was the straightforward half, however discovering an area was a problem.
“I bought turned down from loads of venues asking me to alter the title. I bought no callbacks, however once I put out this one it was not the identical,” defined Montes.
NEPA has by no means had an occasion fairly like this and enterprise homeowners say their proud to be part of all of it.
“I’ve lived out right here for 20 years and that is the primary time I’ve ever heard of something like this and my response was like oh my goodness we’re making historical past! I’ve to be part of that,” mentioned April Martinborough, a enterprise proprietor attending the occasion.
“I prefer it! It’s like so many companies round right here it’s good to see folks doing what they like to do and actually stepping up inside themselves,” mentioned Shaina Walker, one other enterprise proprietor.
The occasion’s objective is to assist small companies community and join them with the group.
“Everyone’s sharing their tales and sharing the stuff they promoting and stuff and it’s simply lovely to see man. And the group is popping out to help us, it’s pretty to see,” mentioned Curtis Corridor, a 3rd enterprise proprietor.
Consumers loved discovering native companies they didn’t know existed.
“It’s nice and extra folks ought to get behind it with their merchandise. They’ll be capable to promote much more,” mentioned Penney Larren, a client attending the occasion.
“It’s all native companies and none of which we actually ever heard of. So it was actually good publicity for them and everyone ought to come out,” acknowledged Maryann Nicolino, a second shopper.
Eyewitness Information instructed the occasion was so successful that subsequent yr is already being deliberate. To study extra in regards to the group and future occasions you possibly can head to their Facebook.