VirtuallyBlack.com will hold its fifth annual Virtually Black Business Weekend from Aug. 25-27 at various locations throughout San Diego.
Founded in 1995, Eddie Price started the San Diego-based organization in the privacy of his back yard because he felt the need for community and business cohesiveness and awareness.
Unexpectedly, the popularity of the Virtually Black Business event has led to VirtuallyBlack.com’s expansive Web site, drawing curious people from across the country.
Essentially, the purpose of the VirtuallyBlack Business weekend is to enhance, empower, educate and celebrate the present and future of “black business.” Price, however, said the group is not directed specifically to blacks, rather to businesspeople concerned with community relations.
“The organization was simply started by blacks,” he said.
With an expected attendance of 1,500, an estimated 300 non-blacks will take part in the weekend’s events, including several participants from Texas.
On Aug. 25, Sempra Energy is sponsoring a political and business summit designed to address opportunities and challenges facing black economics and local, state and federal political concerns. The summit costs $60 paid in advance and $70 at the door. Following the meeting, a post-summit mixer will be held at the Bryco Center, 5724 Market St.
On Aug. 26, a free black business barbecue will be held at Martin Luther King Park on Skyline Drive to allow for-profit and nonprofit businesses to network and showcase themselves in a casual atmosphere. Price said the casual meeting scenario helps ease tensions and stresses: “simplicity is welcoming.”
On Aug. 27, a $60-per-person champagne jazz brunch and fashion show will be held at the Ramada Limited in Old Town, providing a variety of networking and entertainment.
Although secondary in occupation, Price is working to merge the organization with his primary interest of business and community relations with a focus on technology. So far, he has spoken about business and community relations in Oakland, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Las Vegas.
Through Internet technologies, Price is spreading himself across the country, with a demand for his assistance presenting economic empowerment information reaching all the way to New Jersey. In the future, Price plans to continue this VirtuallyBlack event, add other meetings and maximize possible expansion.
For information, call (619) 265-2561 for sponsorship and advertising, and (619) 262-4922 for reservations and registration.