Hanging Out With HYPE - 7th Annual Black Business Gala

Feb 07, 2020

In 2012 Small Business Night Out (SBNO) was established with the intention to acknowledge the work of small business owners while connecting them to the community. In 2013, an event was created  that specifically recognized black business owners and black business leaders in honor of Black History Month. Seven years later, this black-tie event has remained the biggest SBNO event of the year! Past keynote speakers have included actor and activist Malik Yoba, J Alexander Martin co-owner of Fubu, and Miko Branch owner of Miss Jessie’s.

The 7th Annual Black Business Gala will be held on Saturday, February 29th at Marquee Events (960 Main St., Hartford)!

This year's honorees are:

Alisa Bowens-Mercado,  Rhythm Brewing Co. and Alisa's House of Salsa
Bilal Afolabi, Northwestern Mutual
DeVaughn Ward, Ward Law LLC
Gerald "Gerry" Grate, The Tobacco Shop
Kim Hawkins, HEDCO
Norman Oates, Norman Oates Photography
Chef Stella and Chef Mazie, Stella's & Mazie's

This is a celebration of black business owners and leaders, but all are welcome to attend! Join for dinner, networking, live music, a DJ, dancing, and more! Tickets can be purchased here.

HYPE members can save $10 off tickets by using promo code HYPE2020!

For all sponsorship and donation inquiries email Event Coordinator, Taniqua Huguley.

                   Black Business Gala



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