The AFRO Black Business Matters Expo 2023 will take place both virtually and in-person on April 27th from 4pm-7pm. (AFRO File Photo)

By Ciara Franklin,
Abel Communications for the AFRO

The AFRO, the oldest Black-owned business in Maryland, has announced the Black Business Matters Expo 2023, scheduled for April 27th from 4pm-7pm. The theme for the media company’s 3rd annual event is “The Great Divide: Work. Wages. Wealth.” 

The Expo will feature a full slate of speakers, including Mayor Brandon Scott, Comptroller Brooke Lierman and several prominent Black business leaders. Speakers will share valuable insights focused on closing the staggering racial wealth gap in the United States. Despite increased rates of home ownership, Black Americans remain less likely than White Americans to own homes, businesses and retirement/investment funds– all essential assets for wealth-building. 

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“Black Lives have mattered at the AFRO for our entire existence, and we believe that Black Business Matters as well,” said Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper, CEO and publisher of the AFRO. “With our Black Business Matters Expo, we aim to connect members of our community with resources that will enable their families and communities to prosper.”

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Expo attendees will have the option of two programmatic tracks, tailored to address their needs depending on where they are in their personal and professional financial paths. 

The Emerging Track is available for those newer to wealth-building, seeking access to resources for themselves, their families, and their businesses. 

The Accelerator Track is designed for seasoned business professionals and entrepreneurs who want to continue adjusting their short and long-term goals for their family, business, and community. 

“The AFRO’s Black Business Matters Expo is committed to offering a platform for “Solution Focused” programming, giving attendees direct access to expert advice for effective wealth-building methods, cutting-edge technology, and most importantly—access to resources, solutions, and opportunities aimed at empowering everyone to thrive,” said Lenora Howze, executive director for the AFRO

Attendance is encouraged for anyone interested in the future of banking, home ownership, business ownership, investing, retirement saving, career advancement, and wealth creation. 

Draper added that “through this year’s Expo, we look forward to connecting audiences nationwide with lasting wealth-building strategies, and expanding financial opportunities for the African American community.”

The 2023 Expo will be held virtually, free for all attendees. Registration is available at:

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