READY TO ADDRESS THE CROWD—William Generett Jr., president and CEO of Urban Innovation21will serve as keynote speaker for the Homewood Small Business Expo.(Photo by Diane I. Daniels)

READY TO ADDRESS THE CROWD—William Generett Jr., president and CEO of Urban Innovation21will serve as keynote speaker for the Homewood Small Business Expo.(Photo by Diane I. Daniels)

The countdown is on for the first annual Homewood Small Business Expo occurring in Homewood at 7800 Susquehanna St. Saturday, July 9. The day of activities is hosted by the Homewood-Brushton Business Association.

“We are very excited about this event because the theme, “Homewood is open for business,” embodies the importance of rallying around small business owners and moving the community forward,” said HBBA president Vernard Alexander owner of the Minority Networking Exchange.

Other officers are vice president Brittee Clay; co-owner of Jones Printing, secretary Diane Turner owner TOMS Enterprises and co-owner of Wine and Words PGH and treasurer Christian Hughes; owner of Drafting Dreams, architectural youth development program.

Kicking off at 9 a.m. the day will begin with Business Education Sessions on such topics as business banking, bidding for construction contracts, marketing and public relations for small businesses, social media, KIVA Pittsburgh and crowdfunding strategies, ecommerce and digital strategies, and MWDBE Certification.

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