By Tim Ryan

As 2023 draws to a close, Black BRAND, a beacon of empowerment in the Hampton Roads community, continues to uplift Black-owned businesses with its B-Force Pitch Competition. This event is not just about competition; it’s a stage for learning the art of persuasive pitching and celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit. Alongside, the Velocity Networking event at Black BRAND HQ offers a vibrant environment for professionals to expand their networks and prepare for an even more dynamic 2024.

Moreover, the Connecting Flights Resource Fair provides an exclusive platform for Hampton Roads-based company owners to access free support and valuable resources. This initiative exemplifies Black BRAND’s commitment to accelerating entrepreneurial journeys and fostering community connections.

To further celebrate the achievements of the entrepreneurial community, Black BRAND will host a momentous Landing Ceremony on December 14th. This event marks the culmination of a year filled with growth, learning, and community building. It’s a time for reflection, recognition, and setting sights on future ambitions. This ceremony will not only honor the hard work and dedication of our local entrepreneurs but also symbolize the landing of successful ventures and the takeoff towards new horizons in the upcoming year.

Additionally, the organization’s unique Coffee Connect events across various cities allow business owners to share local insights and address challenges specific to their regions. These events are more than networking opportunities; they are incubators for innovative ideas and collaborative solutions.

As Black BRAND continues to champion the growth and success of Black-owned businesses, its initiatives serve as powerful reminders of the strength and potential within our community. The organization’s dedication to fostering a supportive and resource-rich environment for entrepreneurs is a testament to the vibrant spirit of innovation in Hampton Roads.