Thursday, September 1, 2005
By: Tom Gitaa
The Pan African Business Alliance (PABA), Minnesota’s pioneer African chamber of commerce, is scheduled to host its annual Business Fair in Minneapolis next month. According to the PABA President, Henry K. Ongeri, the main objective of the event is to bring visibility to last-growing African entrepreneurship in Minnesota.
“It (the Fair) will provide yet another opportunity for African business owners to showcase their wares and to network with others,” he says. Ongeri, a tax lawyer and consultant with ABC GROUP, LLC, noted that PABA had joined forces with other chambers in the Minnesota Ethnic Chamber Coalition to advance minority business interests. African business ownership is an emerging economic force, part of the estimated $11 billion ethnic purchasing power annually.
The event coordinator, Nathan White of Nextainment confirmed to Mshale that the Fair is scheduled for September 28, 2005 at the Profile Event Center in Minneapolis. “The program will feature African music, complimentary professional consultations and workshops and networking. PABA has invited civic and policy leaders, resource and community partners to the Fair.
“The Fair is a must-attend event for anyone who wants to be successful in tapping into the emerging market,” White says. According to Wycliffe Chakua, who serves as PABA Membership Activities organizer, there will be limited opportunities for vendors to display merchandise.
Advance registration is required. Email Wycliffe at [email protected]
The Profile Event Center is located at 2630 University Avenue,Minneapolis. Doors open at 5.30 p.m. according to Mr. White.