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Previewing the Third Edition of the Ottawa Black Business Expo

Published on February 15, 2024

As February commemorates Black History Month, we eagerly await the 3rd Edition of the Ottawa Black Business Expo, set to take place at the Shaw Centre on April 14th.

With the expo drawing near, excitement mounts for what guarantees to be a refreshing display of talent, innovation, and community camaraderie. This event surpasses ordinary business gatherings; it stands as a celebratory tribute to entrepreneurs thriving within the Black community of the Ottawa region.

This exciting expo provides a platform for entrepreneurs, professionals, and community members to come together in a positive and empowering environment. Whether you’re passionate about fashion, food, technology, health and wellness, there’s something for everyone at this event. It’s an opportunity to network with like-minded individuals, discover new products and services, attend informative workshops, and enjoy live entertainment.

As we gear up for this eagerly awaited event, let’s take a closer look at some of the exhibitors who will be showcasing their talents and offerings:

Infokhus Productions

 InFokhus Productions is a visual solutions media company dedicated to helping businesses and individuals elevate their brand presence. With over two decades of experience, their team of skilled photographers, videographers, graphic designers, and media consultants are committed to delivering high-quality, professional visuals that set their clients apart. From capturing events to creating impactful brand representations, InFokhus Productions excels in telling stories through visuals.

Couple cutting into cake with gold crowns and traditional clothing
Man sitting at a desk with a book

Nungisa Law Professional Corporation

 Nungisa Law Professional Corporation, under the stewardship of Michel Nungisa, embodies a legacy of resilience and commitment to community empowerment. Inspired by his grandfather, Théodore Bengila, whose involvement in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s independence movement left an enduring mark, Michel infuses his legal practice with profound purpose and determination. The firm’s logo, featuring the okapi—a symbol of Congo’s biodiversity—pays homage to Michel’s heritage and his family’s journey. Specializing in real estate, business, wills, labor, and employment law, Nungisa Law offers personalized counsel that prioritizes empathy and understanding. Michel’s vision extends beyond legal expertise; it encompasses a broader mission of social impact and community upliftment, ensuring that Nungisa Law remains a beacon of hope and opportunity for all who seek equitable solutions and guidance on their legal journey.

Trail Head Lake House

Trail Head Lake House, owned by Kendra, offers a unique accommodation experience in Calabogie, reflecting her Jamaican-Canadian heritage and her passion for hospitality. Situated on the picturesque shores of Calabogie Lake and just minutes away from the ski hill, this charming retreat provides guests with an unparalleled opportunity to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature while enjoying convenient access to outdoor adventures. With two distinct spaces, the Loft and Chalet, guests can indulge in private retreats surrounded by serene landscapes, featuring in-ground saltwater pools and cozy interiors. Accommodating up to 16 guests, with seven bedrooms and four bathrooms, Trail Head Lake House ensures ample space for gatherings, reflecting Kendra’s attention to detail and passion for hospitality. Whether seeking adventure or tranquility, guests can rejuvenate amidst the breathtaking landscape of Calabogie.

aerial view of lakehouse
Team photo with dentist Dr.Phil in the centre

Manotick Smiles Dental Clinic

 Led by Dr. Phil and his team, Manotick Smiles Dental Clinic offers a range of dental services, including general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery, and more. With a focus on providing personalized care and maintaining oral health, they strive to create positive dental experiences for their patients.

Art by Taiwo Apampa

 Taiwo Apampa, a self-taught visual artist, draws inspiration from her Nigerian roots and the strong African women who influenced her upbringing. Through her acrylic paintings enriched with jewelry and texture, she strives to empower and uplift, reflecting her deep connection to African heritage and her personal journey. With the arrival of her children, particularly her first two daughters, Taiwo felt a profound responsibility to instill in them a sense of dignity, pride, and self-worth as black girls. She pours this sentiment into her art, aiming to carve out space that embraces and validates not just her daughters but black girls and women worldwide. Taiwo’s artistic evolution vividly captures themes of power, beauty, strength, and versatility, resonating with individuals from all walks of life.

art piece with two women with pink and purple head scarves
Owner of So naturally charming smelling a bar of soap

So Naturally Charming

 Founded by Kimesha, So Naturally Charming is the culmination of a personal journey rooted in holistic wellness. Kimesha’s commitment to ethical sourcing and sustainability is evident in every aspect of her brand. Buying from So Naturally Charming ensures products that are organic, natural, ethically sourced, vegan, and cruelty-free. The oils used are community certified fair trade, farmed and processed using traditional techniques by a female family farming community in Northern Ghana. Guided by principles of authenticity and sustainability, So Naturally Charming offers customers genuine, nourishing skincare options.

Exodia Creations

 Exodia Creations, founded by sisters Cassandre and Anicette, is a shopping and retail business. Their mission is to offer unique handmade pieces crafted with style, love, and creativity. Embracing their eco-conscious ethos, Exodia Creations prioritizes sustainability by incorporating bamboo yarn and fabric prints made by local artisans from the Ivory Coast, their coast of origin. Their commitment to environmental responsibility shines through in every aspect of their business practices. From custom t-shirts and sweatshirts to throw pillows and hair accessories, each item is thoughtfully designed and produced with the planet in mind.

As we prepare to immerse ourselves in the energy and creativity of the Ottawa Black Business Expo, let’s celebrate the diversity, innovation, and resilience of these incredible entrepreneurs and businesses. Join us on April 14th at the Shaw Centre as we come together to support, celebrate, and empower Black-owned businesses in the Ottawa region and beyond.

Exodia Creations at a booth with their creations