Women & Minority Business Expo

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2018 Women & Minority Business Expo


10:00AM TO 1:00PM

Jefferson School City Center /Carver Recreation Center

223 4th St., NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903  

Free Admission, Free Parking in Parking Deck


Exhibitor Registration is now closed.

You contact us at mbp@charlottesville.org to be added to the waiting list in case someone should drop out.

Participation in the event is FREE, but space will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Participating businesses will receive the following:

1)     One 6ft. display table with vinyl table cover so you can showcase your products/services to buyers (please bring samples, displays, business cards, brochures, logoed/promo items, etc. and contact us if you need assistance coming up with ideas for your table)

2)     Two chairs

3)     Continental breakfast and afternoon refreshments for two company representatives

4)     Listing on the Expo webpage


2018 Exhibitors: 

2 Friends and Design


2 Friends and Design is passionate about using a client's existing furniture and accessories to redesign interiors that are functional, beautiful all while the client money and time


ALOHA Mind Math Reading Writing


ALOHA provides your child with a head start and lifetime foundation for success in academic environment with their offerings in math, reading, writing and stem - 3 years and up.


Angelic's Kitchen & Catering


Angelic’s Kitchen & Catering is a locally owned family business with a specialty in fried fish along with other Southern and traditional foods.


ASEA Redox Cellular Health


ASEA Redox is a groundbreaking health technology that empowers the body to heal itself at the cellular level, and return to a younger place of vitality and wellness.


AURA EnviroScience LLC

SWaM Certified


AURA EnviroScience LLC is an Indoor Environmental Consulting company focused on helping identify and solve indoor environmental problems in homes and workplaces. We serve residential, commercial and institutional clients for IEQ projects in Central Virginia and beyond.


Birch Street Goods


Birch Street Goods creates beautiful, handmade materials that support and engage young children. Each item is designed and assembled by hand in Charlottesville, VA. Birch Street Goods believes in hands-on learning and encouraging independence. 




ByCary is a local small business providing unique and affordable functional art for everyday life to conscientious and discerning clients. From marble coasters and trivets to framed polaroid photographs to totebags, ByCary creates one-of-a-kind pieces that make great gifts.


Caring Transitions of Charlottesville


Caring Transitions is the nation’s largest, most trusted, professional resource for household liquidation and relocation services. Our employees are trusted, trained and insured to provide the highest level of professional service to clients as they face the challenges of moving and relocation. Caring Transitions is also credentialed as a Certified Relocation and Transition Specialist (CRTS), having met national guidelines and standards for industry best practices.


Cathy Stapleton & Co.


In today’s world where technology is becoming the preferred method of communication, face to face conversations are becoming a lost art.Cathy Stapleton is a communication expert focusing on the power of effective verbal and nonverbal interactions which can be applied to any form of public speaking including job interviews, work presentations, classroom and employee management and speeches. 


Central Virginia SCORE


Your Success is Our Goal Central Virginia SCORE is dedicated to helping your small business start, grow, and succeed. If you are a small business looking to grow, or if you plan to start your own business and need counseling, SCORE is here for YOU. Go to centralvirginia.score.org for more info and to request an appointment


Chamber Business Diversity Council/Chamber of Commerce


The purpose of the Chamber Business Diversity Council is to grow and support minority businesses by facilitating the startup of new businesses and the successful running of existing businesses.


Culinary Concepts AB


Culinary Concepts provides a unique training program called Life Skills through Culinary Arts. Our programs are designed to help you understand the path needed to go from a job to a career. Through our partnerships in the community, we connect you with employers that will continue the mentorship, helping you achieve your career goals through culinary arts.


Cyaned Originals


Cyaned Originals is “More than a Monogram” providing personalized products unlike any other. We turn names into designs and put your unique pattern with your colors on anything to help with branding your wedding, party, even your home.


Cynthia Murray Enterprises LLC


Cynthia Murray Enterprises, LLC (CME) guides businesses, organizations and individual professionals to optimal success through dynamic workshops and presentations on leadership, team-building and individual achievement. CEO Cynthia Murray helps organizational clients to cultivate a culture of authentic leadership and dynamic team synergy and also trains individuals to develop professionally through the identification and achievement of personal goals in order to experience and be the best of their career.


Destinee Marketing, LLC


Destinee Marketing, LLC is a social media marketing and consulting company that helps small businesses increase brand awareness on social media platforms. 


Donor Diapers


Donor Diapers offers free diapers and supplies to families in need. Anyone is eligible to receive supplies each month through this community diaper distribution. Donor Diapers is founded and ran by a young mother that saw the need in the community and wanted to help.


El Chilango Mexican Grill, LLC

Husband & wife owned Mexican Food Truck business, serving traditional street vending food with lots of flavor.


Emergent Financial Services, LLC

SWaM Certified


Emergent Financial Services is a Hispanic-owned firm that brings together a wealth of experience in the financial industry to help institutions and individuals attain their investment or financial goals. As a boutique firm, we provide the personal and service-oriented approach that can be lost at large corporate entities.


Fran Harris Enterprises, LLC


Business education/development and digital marketing company 


Goodwin William Staffing

SWaM Certified


We are SWaM certified staffing company offering staffing and support solutions to various clients for administration/office, hospitality, light industrial and skilled labor needs. We keep an active database of available candidates for long term and short term needs as well as recruitment for specified needs. We are the only staffing company in this region to have our V3 certification.


Heather Lotter, Independent Agent with Magical Moments Vacations

I am a home based Independent Travel Agent. I pride myself in providing one on one personalized vacation planning and concierge service. I specialize in All Disney Destinations; Cruises including but not limited to Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line and Carnival; Universal Orlando Resort; All Inclusive Resorts including but not limited to Beaches and Sandals, RUI and Karisma; and Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.


Heritage United Builders, LLC

SWaM Certified


Heritage United Builders (HUB) is a centralized hub that connects African-American and minority sub-contractors to jobs with general contractors, institutional buyers, residential construction firms and clients. HUB helps sub-contractors identify and pursue jobs while also connecting construction firms with skilled talent they need to complete projects.


Higher Plane Health Coaching


Personal Coaching designed for Your Needs-certified by Duke Integrative Medicine using proven evidenced based coaching to help you create a better, healthier and happier version of you. Movement for you- Certified in Essentrics, Let Your Yoga Dance and Radiant Lotus Woman’s Qigong, for total mind, body, spirit coaching.


Hobby Parent - Creative Coach, Artist, Teacher


Guiding small businesses and entrepreneurs, my work as a professional coach and speaker encompasses creative business planning in a visual process, using innovative strategies that help you move beyond fears and limiting beliefs toward more inspired action and expansive goals. In an increasingly creative economy, innovation and reinvention are key elements to competitive advantage and resilience. Together, we can build on your core values and social assets to design a visual system which creates new opportunities for growth with passion and wholehearted objectives.


Hive Creative Group

SWaM Certified


We are a SWaM certified public relations, marketing and graphic design firm located just outside of Charlottesville, VA. Our capabilities include branding, website design, packaging design, social media marketing, media relations, printing services, and more.


The Hive Cville


The Hive is an arts and crafts lounge that serves creative projects at the bar alongside coffee & snacks. Our mission is to connect with the community through artist led workshops, to inspire makers in a fun and comfortable atmosphere and to connect with each other over crafts and coffee. We are home to four artist’s studios and and an event space where your party, playdate, or date-date comes with a fun project.


Jessy George

I help working professionals who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes to lose weight and normalize blood sugar naturally so that they can either eliminate or reduce the medications and live a healthy life.


Jill + Ian 


Jill + Ian offers a bicycle rental service enabling those who have bicycles to rent their bicycles to those who need bicycles and is a distributor of skincare products from Rodan + Fields.


Jillian Regan Photography

SWaM Certified


Jillian Regan Photography, LLC is a professional photography business based in Charlottesville, Virginia that focuses on commercial / corporate, equine / equestrian, and event photography.


Just Us Girls


Just Us Girls is a monthly comfort box that supports young girls during their menstrual cycle. This box was created to empower, educate, and equip young girls to better understand and care for their bodies.


K& K Electronic Recycling

We provide a pick up service for residential and business locations to help declutter areas of unused, out of date, working or non working electronics. We destroy personal information, recycle components, and metal. This reduces energy needed to produce new materials and keeps the items out of landfills. We never charge senior citizens for service.


Kapur Energy Environment Economics, LLC (KEEE)

SWaM Certified


We are a small business that specializes in economic, policy, regulatory and environmental issues. We help federal, state and local governments with sustainability planning and implementation, energy and water conservation, utility billing and consumption issues. We also conduct economic impact analyses.


Keys 2 Cleaning, LLC

SWaM Certified


Keys 2 Cleaning LLC is a local family oriented business who treat all of our clients like family. We live by the principal “ It is our job to make your business shine.” We look forward to expanding our business in the Charlottesville area with the help of the fine citizens of Charlottesville Virginia.


Liberty Tax Service


Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping and Payroll, Monthly/Quarterly Tax Filings, Business Openings and Closures, EIN Assistance, W-4 Assistance


The LoveNoEgo Foundation

SWaM Certified


The LoveNoEgo Foundation provides real-world development for the youth (kids and young adults ages 10-24), utilizing its principles, Love over Ego, Love Over Fear, & Communication Over Conflict, helping them to overcome challenges, find purpose, and live their true greatness.


MBDC Enterprises


Millenium Security Company

SWaM Certified


Millenium Security Services LLC is a private security firm providing professional armed and unarmed security officers for commercial security needs. Headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia, our highly-trained security guards provide professional security services including patrol, private investigations, TSCM security sweeps, executive protection, event security, electronic surveillance services and many more private security services throughout the state of Virginia. Millenium is a SWaM certified minority owned company that has been serving central Virginia for over 17 years.


Misty River Garden


Misty River Garden is focused on secondhand retail to help the environment. Currently an online store like it has been since April 2012, Misty River Garden is in the process of transforming into a service to help improve the secondhand retail shopping and selling experience. Current online stores are: On eBay at www.ebay.com/usr/misty_river_garden On Etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/MistyRiverGarden On Bonanza at www.bonanza.com/booths/Misty_River_Garden On Poshmark at poshmark.com/closet/mistyrivergardn


Mudd Sauce LLC

Hot sauces with a perfect balance of heat and flavor produced small batch with local ingredients.


New York Life


As a licensed Agent of New York Life Insurance Company, I offer a variety of products that can help you meet a number of insurance and financial needs, including, but not limited to college funding, retirement, managing costs for extended periods of care and lifetime income strategies.




Northshea is an all natural shea butter based cosmetic line committed to providing a stable livelihood to women living in rural Ghana by providing direct avenues for income. Our raw shea butter is handcrafted by incredible and hardworking local Ghanaian women and our body butter line is handcrafted here in Charlottesville.


Park Lane Jewelry




Pearl Island Foods LLC


Pearl Island Foods LLC is a Caribbean inspired food service company that is comprised of a full service catering company, restaurant and packaged food production operation based in Charlottesville, VA. We were established in November of 2013.

Piedmont Virginia Community College


Network2Work at PVCC is a job network that connects job seekers to the skills and resources they need to become valued employees and helps employers find the quality employees they need for their companies.


Pigment Paint


Pigment specializes in all things paint! From murals and floors to furniture and cabinets, we provide high-end, custom artistic finishes from design to completion. Pigment operate out of a 3000 square foot studio equipped with a fully-enclosed, large-scale spray booth. Our studio is open by appointment and is located about a half of a mile east of the Downtown Mall.


Ralph Brown Consulting

SWaM Certified


We provided consulting and training for new restaurants and existing businesses seeking to comply with current Va food code.


RE Innovative Software Solutions


ISS's goal is to provide complete solutions, client implementation services and professional consulting to help you become a client-driven market leader. With extensive experience in medical, industrial and government services, ISS partners with the client to bring focus and practical solutions. Our high-caliber, experienced professionals are passionate about producing the best possible results. ISS provides a best-value alternative to large national consulting firms. Known for attention to process and technology leadership, we have helped our clients realize dramatic gains in business process efficiency and productivity. ISS engineers have extensive experience in proven software development processes and technologies, among them all of Microsoft's development tools, with a focus in .NET, Linux, Java, mobile and a wide range of web and database development technologies. The ISS team has developed software for a number of critical applications with zero tolerance for error, such as medical automation systems, factory automation systems, and real-time data management systems, and an array of business performance and web applications, including development for mobile and hand held devices. Founded in 2006, ISS has rapidly gained the respect of both clients and their customers. The company offices are in Charlottesville, VA. ISS is a certified minority owned business.



SWaM Certified


Services offered focused on public health include population health and related research, community health assessments, community health improvement plans, public health accreditation board (PHAB) accreditation and reaccreditation (for health departments). Additional services include strategic planning, technical assistance, research, report writing, and more.


The Spill Teem®


We're a Design Consultancy who understands how creativity influences behavior. Our focus is on serving the thinking culture of organizations  and businesses by serving the people in them. Through Human-centered design thinking strategies; we create confident, innovative, free thinkers who 'Spill on Purpose™." These thinkers are the rock stars who call to the table the restricting safety margins which hold back, development, new ideas, sustainability, innovative, and next level growth.


Sweet Notes


“Momming is so easy”, said no mom ever. At Sweet Notes, we understand motherhood. Our products, ranging from support products for new moms to mom-centric care kits for the experienced, all aim to make motherhood more manageable. All our offers are mom-made, mom-tested and mom-approved.


The Tax Ladies Inc.


Accuracy. Integrity. Personal Service. These are the principles we've built our business on. If you're in need of accounting or financial services, please give us a call. It would be our pleasure to apply our experience to your specific situation. At The Tax Ladies, we specialize in financial consulting and services for startups, small businesses, sole proprietors and individuals.


The University of Virginia


UVA is committed to be a leader in supplier diversity by developing sustainable relationships with qualified, reliable, small, women-owned, and minority-owned (SWaM) businesses. We will actively seek out the best firms which will enable the University of Virginia to deliver high-quality education, research, public service, and healthcare.


Virginia Asset Management


My practice offers services in personal financial planning, risk management, investment management, and employee benefits. I work primarily with young professionals, families, and women in business.