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IBE Business Conference
The roots of IBE permeate the economic foundation of the African American community. In 1970, a primary purpose of the first summer expo was to provide a venue for black entrepreneurs, organizations and talent to showcase its goods and services. The annual business conference continues that tradition, focusing on providing minority businesses with the tools needed to build capacity in order to compete for contract opportunities with local, state, federal, private, and post-secondary institutions. Exciting workshops and networking opportunities are offered in this multi-day activity. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear directly from experts on sustaining and expanding their businesses and networking with key decision makers at the Mayor's Breakfast, Governor's Reception and the state's largest Corporate Luncheon.

Youth Entrepreneur Seminar
As African American children explore careers, more emphasis is being placed on the options to picture themselves as employers rather than limit their potential exclusively to become an employee. The world of business ownership is introduced through the Youth Entrepreneur Seminar, a two-day camp that introduces students - middle school through high school - to the fundamentals of economic literacy and business management. The interactive seminar features intensive interactive training and mentoring experiences. Students develop business plans that compete for a nominal start-up funds and an opportunity to display their product and services in the exhibition hall during Summer Celebration.

Employment Opportunity Fair
The Employment Opportunity Fair is an assembly of business and industry in search of qualified employees. The event attracts thousands from Central Indiana and around the state who are unemployed, under-employed or simply looking for a change in workplaces. The employment fair includes workshops on how to prepare effective resumes and what to look for in a job interview. Many of the participating employers offer on-the-spot connects between the job market and those trying to navigate it.

INDIANA BLACK EXPO

Indiana Black Expo, Inc. (IBE) has been a pillar of the African-American community for decades as a year-round, multifaceted community service organization with 12 chapters around the state of Indiana. IBE is known for its two major fund-raisers, Summer Celebration and Circle City Classic. This 501(c)(3) nonprofit is governed by a board of directors comprised of individuals and community leaders from around the state of Indiana and employs a full time staff.

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