• Kirsten King

The Columbus Times Hosts Black Business Awards

The Columbus Times Newspaper publisher & editor Petra G and staff hosted a very successful inaugural Black Business Awards dinner on Sunday. The purpose of the awards was to highlight African American small business owners for their hard work, dedication, & efforts in the community. Businesses were nominated by the general public in multiple categories & votes were cast by readers, supporters, family, clients & friends casting their ballot.

The Liberty Theatre was full of business owners excited & eager to see who the lucky winners of the night were. Petra G had live entertainment, delicious food catered by Black Business of the Year winner Creme De La Creme, live dj, & celebrity host Derrick Greene. It was truly a fun night as I sat with some of my closest female go-getta friends & entrepreneurs that were also nominated for awards. Little did we know we were in the winners circle! My company D30 Marketing & Promotions/ D30 Radio won Black Business of the Year in Media & Marketing. My best friend of 7 years, Tasha Pough (Tashas Dance & Prep) whom started her business around the same time as I, won Black Business of the Year in the Dance Studio category, & my awesome Midday radio host on D30radio Jessica Mack (owner of Mack Couture) won Black Business of the Year in the Boutiques, & Gifts category. My lovely manager Chequelle Brown was in attendance along with the beautiful Terri Gooch Neely owner of Let Us Creative Designs & Decor whom was also nominated for an award.

This was indeed an humbling event & it was very nice of the Columbus Times to highlight, award, & celebrate business owners in the community. I know beyond the shadow of a doubt the 2nd Annual will be even bigger & better! This truly showed the power the African American race & how so many are maintaining & running successful businesses creating opportunities and generating income for others. This day will be remembered by many, as everyone loves a good pat on the back. Congrats to all of the nominees & winners!

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