Lansing Community College’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion is hosting an inaugural Black Business Expo and Entrepreneur Pitch Competition. This FREE event is part of LCC’s celebration of the 400 years of African American History Commission Act. Business owners and community agencies are invited to participate in the Expo to showcase their services, products, and information. Although this a celebration of Black owned business, all community members are welcome to attend, showcase and/or enter the pitch competition!
Expo vendors will be allowed to sell their merchandise, advertise their company, as well as recruit for hiring vacancies. This is an excellent opportunity to promote your business to the community and network with fellow entrepreneurs.
There will also be a pitch competition for entrepreneurs to sell their ideas or services to a panel of judges with a chance to win cash prizes! All entries will have the opportunity to attend a “prep seminar” prior to the event with tips on how to perfect your pitch.
Enjoy local food trucks on site for the day as well as tours of the LCC West campus facilities. Register for the event under an attendee, entrepreneur and/or vendor. If vendors would like to be a part of the pitch competition, please register under both areas. It is not necessary to register as an attendee as well. Space is limited for Vendors and Entrepreneur entries so register now!
Location: LCC West Campus
Date: October 18
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Entries in the Pitch Competition will have the opportunity to attend a “prep seminar” a few weeks prior to the event to perfect your pitch. At the expo, you will pitch your innovative idea to a panel of judges for the chance to win prize money. Each business will have 5 minutes to pitch their idea. After 15-20 minutes of judge's deliberation, prizes will be announced.
- 1st place – $2000, swag, free services from businesses
- 2nd place – $1000, swag, free services from businesses
- 3rd place – trophy
Showcase your company and products* at the expo to the community. Each vendor will have a 6 foot table with 2 chairs. The table will have a white linen but no power and no skirting. You may use your own logo table skirt if you desire.
All vendors are subject to approval and will be notified via email confirmation with additional details.
*Vendors who wish to sell their products will need to provide evidence of a certificate of General Liability Insurance in ACORD format showing coverage $1M per occurrence and $2M in aggregate.
|9-10 am||Vendor Booth Setup|
|10 am-2 pm||Networking and Vendor Booths|
|10-10:20 am||Tour of West Campus/Technical Careers Facility|
|10:45-11:30 am||Panel Discussion|
|11 am-2 pm||Food Trucks|
|11:30 am-12:30 pm||Entrepreneur Pitch Competition|
|12:30-12:45 pm||Judging Deliberation|
|12:45-1 pm||Announce winners and distribute prizes|
|1-1:20 pm||Tour of West Campus/Technical Careers Facility|