More than two decades after Houston businessman Michael Evans came up with the idea of launching an expo to give his church members a platform to support one another’s businesses, the CEO Ministry Marketplace Fair 2016 at Windsor Village Methodist Church is still going strong.
Last weekend, the ministry hosted its 17th Annual CEO Ministry business expo, themed “Going for the Gold,” at the church’s main campus on West Fuqua. Proceeds from the expo benefit the Windsor Village scholarship fund.
The expo has become a popular tradition, attracting hundreds of shoppers to a venue designed to support and showcase small businesses and entrepreneurs.
The event, held in mid-December each year, has become a one-stop shopping experience for individuals seeking to support the entrepreneurial spirit and the many business owners who have taken a step of faith to launch and grow their ventures.
More than 50 businesses took part in the annual expo showcasing a range of goods and services from insurance products, custom-designed inspirational T-shirts and handbags to real estate, cosmetics, travel businesses and more.
“CEO’s mission is to assist, inform, and equip business owners and entrepreneurs in the various aspects of successful business management,” shared Managing CEO, Opal Handy.
Handy commended founder, Michael Evans for his vision of not only promoting small businesses with the launch of the expo, but creating an opportunity for local businesses to partner together “to plant a financial seed in the lives of local high school graduates who are planning to attend an institution of higher learning.”
The ministry has raised over $350,000 and granted over 195 scholarships to local high school graduates since the organization’s inception.
The ministry also hosts monthly networking opportunities for individuals interested in launching a business and existing businesses seeking to gain greater visibility in the community.
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