About the MBE

OUR THEME -- The Renaissance

In the midst of the global pandemic and our ongoing efforts to break down systemic racism, our theme this year is "The Renaissance." Our history has shown that we always respond to every setback, loss, or tragedy with resilience, creativity, and tenacity. While the pandemic has greatly affected our businesses and our communities, we have not allowed this period of darkness to silence our brilliance or dampen our resolve. Workshops, plenary sessions, and other expo programming will focus on the broader economy of Black communities in Massachusetts and developing a vision for what the new world can be post-pandemic.

OUR MISSION -- The Purpose

The Mass. Black Expo (MBE) is a one-of-a-kind annual event that will bring together Black business owners and entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and Black communities of the entire African diaspora in Massachusetts. As advocates and resource-providers for Black businesses, we know that the growth and economic health of our communities are dependent on the success of these entities.

The event features plenary sessions and workshops on crucial topics and gives business owners the opportunity to showcase their goods and or services to institutional decision-makers, procurement officers, and potential new customers. Participants also have the chance to engage and learn from one another. The goals of the MBE include highlighting Black businesses from all industries in the Commonwealth, connecting them with procurement opportunities in the private and public sectors, sharing resources that help grow emerging or existing businesses, and creating an ecosystem of Black entrepreneurship.

The annual event is organized by the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA) and supported by important community partners and stakeholders.

OUR HISTORY -- The Origin

In 2013, Boston resident and business owner, Yvens Germain, saw a severe need to connect minority business owners with resources and one another. Along with his team, Mr. Germain founded and ran the Minority Business Expo in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston until 2017, attracting several thousand business owners and community members at the Reggie Lewis Center. In an effort to continue his contributions and vision, we have decided to adapt this event and evolve it into the Mass. Black Expo to focus on highlighting Black business of the African diaspora here in Massachusetts.