The 7th Annual Triad Minority & Women's Business Expo returns August 29, 2020!!!


Save the Date: 7th Annual TMWB Expo 2020

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2019 Expo Special Guest

Angela Robinson (The Ice Queen)

Angela Robinson
The Have and the Have Nots

The Have and the Have Nots

J. Bolin

J. Bolin
Celebrity Fashion  Stylist

 World Renown Celebrity Fashion Stylist

Dr. George Fraser


Best Selling Author, Speaker, Networking Guru, President and Founder of  the PNC Power Networking Conference.

James "Bonecrusher" Smith


Former WBA Heavyweight Champion


J. Carlvena Foster


Carlvena is the Executive Director of the Carl Chavis YMCA in High Point, NC.   She is also a former member of the Guilford County Board of Education. Once a recipient of social services, Foster later worked for the county’s Department of Social Services and then served on the department’s board.  She has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Shaw University; a master’s in public administration from High Point University; and a certificate in child care administration from Guilford Technical Community College.

Art Gibel


Throughout his tenure as CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, Inc., Art Gibel has had a tremendous impact on the success of an organization that has been transforming donated items into employment and training programs for 90 years. His focus toward organizational excellence has helped his company of 1,100 employees almost double its revenue from $36.4 million in 2007 to $66.6 million in 2015.

Gibel joined Goodwill in 1996, where he served on the Board of Directors for eight years. He became president in 2005 and one year later was named CEO.  Since the recession of 2009, Gibel has led a restructuring of the organization’s mission services portfolio. He has has focused the organization’s mission on two key areas: assisting those disrupted by the economy to obtain training that enables them to compete for available jobs, and preparing youth with the education and life skills needed to effectively enter the modern workforce.

Yvonne Johnson


 Yvonne Johnson was the mayor of Greensboro, NC from 2007 until 2009.  She was previously a member of the Greensboro City Council for 14 years, beginning in 1993 and Mayor Pro-Tem for 6 years.  Johnson was the first African-American to serve as Greensboro's mayor.   She is the Executive Director of One Step Further, a non-profit United Way Agency in Greensboro that provides mediation and court alternative programs to Greensboro's Youth. 

Triad Minority & Women's Business Expo Events

Aug 23, 2019

Empowerment & Wealth Building Summit

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Anderson Conference Center, Winston-Salem State University

Event Details

Aug 23, 2019

Empowerment & Wealth Building Summit

The 6th Annual Triad Minority & Women's Business expo will kick off on the beautiful campus of Winston-Salem State University in the Albert H. Anderson Conference Center.  The day will be packed full with panel discussions, workshops, networking opportunities, and opportunities to learn from multiple successful entrepreneurs.  The breakdown for all of the events can be found below. 

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Anderson Conference Center, Winston-Salem State University

Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Anderson Conference Center, Winston-Salem State University 2nd floor Corridor

Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Anderson Conference Center, Winston-Salem State University 2nd floor Corridor

Panel Discussions

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Anderson Conference Center, Winston-Salem State University Dilliard Auditorium

Event Details

Panel Discussions

Join our expert panelist as they discuss "The Forecast for MWBE in the Current Economy."  Panelist include: Dr. Antwain Goode, Mercedes L. Miller, Sondra Wright, Rev. Alvin Carlisle, Antonio McCoy, Thao Sommerville, Hasani Mitchell, Lida Calvert-Hayes, James Perry and James Grace.

Moderators: Mutter Evans  and Carol Andrews, ABC 45 

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Anderson Conference Center, Winston-Salem State University Dilliard Auditorium

Speed Networking Luncheon

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Anderson Conference Center, Winston-Salem State University

Event Details

Speed Networking Luncheon

 Register on Eventbrite for this free networking event

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Anderson Conference Center, Winston-Salem State University

Concurring Workshops

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Anderson Conference Center, Winston-Salem State University

Event Details

Concurring Workshops

"The Millennial Movement in Business"   - Rod Brown

"Escaping the 9 to 5: Building a Six Figure Business"  - Dr. Joe White 

"The Mental Map to Massive Money: Your Mind Matters" - Mercedes Miller 

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Anderson Conference Center, Winston-Salem State University

More Events

Book Your Room At the Host Hotel Now!!!

About the Winston-Salem Marriott

 Explore Winston-Salem from its most unique vantage point – the redesigned Winston-Salem Marriott in the Twin City Quarter. Business travelers love the convenient location near the area’s top companies, 15,000 sq ft of flexible event space and our direct connection to the Benton Convention Center. Couples, families and Marriott Bonvoy members can’t get enough of the city’s arts district, restaurants, museums, shopping, golf and universities. And everyone appreciates the all-new guest rooms featuring sleek décor, platform beds, flat-screen TVs and spa-like bathrooms. As about access to our exclusive M Club, where you can grab a complimentary bite to eat in the morning or relax at the end of the day. Maintain your routine in our reinvented fitness center featuring Fitness On Demand. Stay connected with free Wi-Fi and a full-service business center, or enjoy a contemporary take on a traditional steakhouse at Butcher & Bull. Make your stay exceptional at this Marriott in the Twin City Quarter. 

Key Amenities: 

  • Business center
  • Fitness center
  • Free high speed Internet
  • High-speed Internet
  • Plug In Panel
  • Restaurant on-site
  • Room service
  • Parking
  • Certified Meeting Planner
  • Marriott-certified wedding planner
  • Meeting event space

Book Before July 23rd to lock in the Special Expo Rate!!

Hotel Address: 

425 North Cherry Street

Winston-Salem, NC 27101



Introducing the 2019 Expo Informational Guide

 There's something new happening this year for the Triad Minority and Women's Business Expo!!  We are excited and pleased to present and announce the roll out of the 2019 Triad Minority & Women's Business Expo Informational Guide.   This guide allows you the opportunity to advertise and highlight your business before and during the Expo to the sponsors, participants and thousands of attendees throughout the Triad and beyond. We will be circulating Expo Informational Guides before and during the Expo. You can reach thousands of potential clients and customers just by advertising in the Guide.  The guide also provides an unique opportunity for individuals and companies who may not be corporate sponsors the ability to participate in supporting the Expo in a tangible way.   


Kidz Biz Training Program

What's new with the Expo


The Kidz Biz Training Program is a 6-week program that cultivates the entrepreneurial mindset in our future leaders and helps students launch their own businesses.

Through the program, students in grades 6-12 learn the skills and receive mentoring to help them turn their skills and interests into a profitable business idea!

Students will have the opportunity to….

● Generate business ideas using their passions and skills
● Learn the basics of business finances (costs, price, revenue, profit, budgeting, taxes)
● Learn how to effectively market and sell products and services
● Connect with and learn from successful entrepreneurs across the Triad area
● Write a basic business plan
● Create a video for submission to be considered as a finalist in The Next Kidz Biz Competition
● Register the business with the state of North Carolina
● Participate in the Triad Minority and Women’s Business Expo and sell their products and/or services to the public! 

For additional information please call our office at 336 448-4177


What Students Gain

Entrepreneurial Skills

  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Introduction to business
  • Product creation and new inventions
  • Financial literacy and budgeting

Student Achievement

  • Creative and critical thinking
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Leadership skills and public speaking skills
  • Lateral and higher-order thinking

Post-secondary readiness

  • 21st Century Career Skills: product idealization, marketing research, technology
  • Sparks interests in attending college
  • Career idealization



Dr. L’Tanya Joy Bailey



Mark Owens


Sharon Hightower



Dr. Robert “Bob” J. Brown



2018 Triad Minority & Women's Business Expo

Community Business of the Month Application


Apply for the chance to be selected as the Community Business of the Month!!

 Each month, the  Winston-Salem Black Chamber of Commerce, the Chronicle, Small Business Center at Forsyth Tech, Triad Minority Business Expo, Winston-Salem Chapter of the NAACP and the Winston-Salem Urban League present the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County business of the month.  

Contact Us

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We want to hear from you.

If you have any questions about the expo please contact us. 

Triad Minority Business Expo

1922 South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Suite 72, Winston-Salem, NC 27107, US


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