Russell Bazaar Hosts 2nd Annual Black Business Festival

The Black Business Festival returns to the Russell Bazaar this February to build on the success of last years inaugural event.

Detroit, MI, February 10, 2010 --( The 2nd Annual Black Business Festival will be hosted by WGPR 107.5 FM, the Russell Bazaar, Metro Times and from February 26th- 28th, 2010. This huge, weekend long event is free to the public and being held in honor of Black History Month. A large turnout is anticipated as many groups are coming together to make this event larger and greater than its predecessor. Designed for all ages, the Black Business Festival will showcase the opportunities citizens of Detroit can find when they utilize their talents for entrepreneurial initiatives. There will be valuable and informative seminars and forums, as well as great entertainment all weekend. It is a perfect opportunity for networking with other business owners and our city's leaders and talented workforce.

Helping Detroit business owners put their best foot forward toward the future is the overall goal of this event. To support this, many of our local politicians and leaders will be on-site to speak to attendees on various business development topics including how to grow a local business and the local economic outlook and business growth in Detroit. Speakers on hand include The President of the Detroit City Council; Charles Pugh, Detroit Charter Revision Commission member Ken Harris and speakers from CEED, the Black Business Expo and the Small Business Association (SBA). Learning about ways to increase business and marketing strategies are some of the key features for local business owners, but there are many different activities for everyone planned for this years festival.

The Russell Bazaar will be filled with life as many different forms of entertainment will be going on simultaneously. The popular cooking contests from the inaugural event return with celebrity judges on hand to taste and judge each entry. Live Jazz Musicians, Choirs and House DJs will keep the tempo lively while House, Hustle, and Motown Ballroom teachers offer fun lessons. The youth of today and tomorrow's future can also get involved, whether it is competing in the youth talent contest or participating in the many activities hosted by businesses, community centers, and summer programs that are geared towards children and teens. Community action will also be highlighted as the Russell Bazaar will be eco-friendly and recycled by Sarah Kubik of Recycled Detroit.

200 Business Entrepreneurs

The Russell Bazaar will be providing 100 table spaces for local business owners to advertise, promote and network. Music, art, clothing, hair salons, car dealerships, restaurants and bars will combine during this 2nd Annual Black Business Festival to create the largest event to date inside the Russell Bazaar.

Seminars and Forums Highlights (Sat and Sun only)
· Keynote Speaker – Detroit City Council President, Charles Pugh. “Economic Outlook for Growth in Detroit”

· Town Hall Panel Presentation - “Starting and Growing Your Business in Detroit”. This forum will include key community business and political leaders and will include a question and answer session from audience attendees.

· Business workshops and seminars - CEED, The Black Business Expo, the SBA and other business groups will present a range of seminars to help businesses start and grow in the City of Detroit. 

· Contests and Entertainment

The festival will also include a variety of entertainment in addition to the business oriented seminars.
· $300 Shopping Spree Drawings on Saturday and Sunday (2 total)
· Food Taste, contests.
· Kids Dance and other contests.

· Kids activities and play area.
· Entertainment by Gospel Choir’s and local musicians.

The Russell Industrial Center
William Stacy