CELEBRATING BLACK ENTREPRENEURSHIP:
WDB LEGACY AWARDS GALA
By The Black Foodies,
SCENE Chicago Contributing Writers
Northwestern graduate, Keeana Barber, is in the business of helping entrepreneurs build and grow their brands. She is the CEO and Founder of WDB Marketing. WDB focuses on brand management for its clients and also specializes in print graphics and websites. Being in business over a decade, WDB (What’s Da Bizness) has worked with over 2000 companies – predominantly black businesses – developing strategies to assist entrepreneurs with short and long-term business goals. With the success and sustainability of her own marketing agency, Ms. Barber and WDB Marketing will be holding its 3rd Annual WDB L.E.G.A.C.Y. Awards Gala, February 23rd, at Malcolm X College from 6:00p-10:00p. L.E.G.A.C.Y. is the acronym for: leadership, education, growth, advocacy, community and youth. Five hundred businesses are expected to come out and participate in the evening’s activities.
Pictured l-r: George Daniels, Keeana Barber, Napoleon Harris at 2017 awards gala.
From 6:00p-7:30p will be the networking reception and restaurant showcase. “I am really proud about the networking portion of the event because it is not pretentious. It is very inclusive, that’s why we make the tickets affordable so that anyone can attend. We have brand new entrepreneurs rubbing shoulders with people that have been in business for over 30 and 40 years. Business is about connections, so we encourage everyone to come out and get connected,” Ms. Barber told us. The restaurant showcase will highlight over ten black-owned restaurants, chefs and caterers from JR’s Jamaican Jerk, award winning chef Lisa McKay, and Lexington Betty Smokehouse, to name a few.
From 7:30p-9:00p will be the Awards Gala. There are six categories from which individuals will receive an award: leadership, education, growth, advocacy, community and youth; hence, the L.E.G.A.C.Y. Awards. The first five are predetermined, while the Youth Award will be given to one of three entrepreneurs – 25 years of age or younger – who is already in business and will talk about their enterprise live on stage. The audience will vote on which one will be awarded $5000 worth of prizes to help further develop their business. The winner will receive $1000 in cash and technical support donated from sponsors – e.g. legal, marketing, etc. Some past honorees include the late Phillip Jackson, Founder of The Black Star Project; Jory Luster, President of Luster Products; and, Emile Cambry, Founder and CEO of BLUE1647. From 9:00p-10:00p will be the after party.
The WDB L.E.G.A.C.Y. Awards Gala will be the place to be February 23rd, so come on out and join us on the blue carpet for an evening of live music, networking and celebrating the impact of black entrepreneurs. For further information or for sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, go to www.legacyawardsgala.com.