Tampa Juneteenth celebration focuses on building business, stimulating community revitalization

TAMPAThe Tampa-Hillsborough Action Plan, Inc. (THAPgroup) and it’s 5508 CoWorking & Collaboration Exchange is hosting a two-day Juneteenth weekend experience focusing on entrepreneurship, community revitalization and youth education.

Held at 5508 North 50th St., Tampa, the Black Wall Street Experience & Business Expo reflects on pivotal and impactful moments in African-American history while creating avenues for stimulating community conversation and forward economic development.

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On Friday, June 14 at 6 p.m., community members will experience an evening mixer and dinner social alongside the premiere of the “Black Wall Street” stage play, written by Florida playwright Hallie Balbuena. The stage play captures the compelling history of the 1921 attack on Greenwood, a flourishing black community in Tulsa, Okla., and emphasizes the importance of strengthening business, commerce and homeownership in our local communities.

Saturday, June 15 events include a 9 a.m. Entrepreneurship & Real Estate Panel Breakfast featuring experts who will share advice on entrepreneurship, real estate investment, sustainable business practices and community development.

Saturday’s 11 a.m. Small Business Expo will feature live music, the Shops of 5508, food trucks, culinary arts, retailers, health and wellness specialists, financial managers, technology experts, makeup & beauty artists, fashion & accessories, and more. The Small Business Expo, sponsored by Wells Fargo, is free to the community and is centered on highlighting small and minority businesses in East Tampa.

The “Black Wall Street” stage play continues show times throughout the day on Saturday, with a 2 p.m. youth and student matinée and a 7 p.m. encore showing to round out the Juneteenth weekend. The full June 14-15 weekend event will be held at 5508 North 50th St., Tampa.

The community is invited to take part of the experience – from the stage play to the panel breakfast to the FREE community small business expo. Event tickets for the stage play and panel breakfast can be purchased at www.thapgroup.org or by calling the THAPgroup office at 813-626-4926. Sponsor and vendor opportunities are also available.

THAPgroup’s 2019 Black Wall Street Experience & Business Expo is the commencement of an annual community event focused on highlighting impactful moments in black history and is a continued commitment to helping small and minority businesses in East Tampa chart a path to business success.

The Black Wall Street Experience & Business Expo is presented by THAPgroup. The Small Business Expo is made possible by Wells Fargo. Event partners include The Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival, All City Solutions, and Unlimited Gospel Expressions.

About THAPgroup

The mission of the Tampa-Hillsborough Action Plan, Inc. is to offer solutions that build social equity by awakening a sense of dignity within Southwest Florida residents who face educational, health, housing, and economic challenges.

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