BELOIT, Wis. (WIFR) -- Black women from all around the stateline gathered in the first annual Black Women's Business Expo. The event encompassed vendors from jewelry to handmade dolls, as well as a panel of speakers.
The expo is the first of its kind in Beloit. The main organizer Vickie McGee says she got the idea after she began her own business.
McGee wanted to create a space where black women can gather to not only share their business with one another, but also inspire other women to venture into the world of business.
"I remember being a little girl, and never seeing people like me on TV, never seeing people like me in you know, places of businesses, never seeing a representation of myself that made me think, 'I can do that.' So that's why I feel it's important for our young women now, our young girls. So I think Beloit being as small as it is, it's important to let you know other people know, 'hey we're here too,’” said McGee.
McGee says this is only the beginning. All proceeds from the expo are going to be donated to the Center for Hope and the Kindle Sherman Foundation.