The Albany Area Black Expo kicked off Tuesday night and organizers say it was a success.
The business gathering opening ceremony was held at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Albany.
The expo is set up as a way for businesses within the community to network and find ways to grow.
The affair is only in its second year and organizers say they're seeing the number of participating businesses grow.
"We have a lot of return businesses which is a good thing. So that means they got a lot of benefit out of it the first time. And then we're seeing a lot of new people who didn't catch it the first time or didn't know what the event was about. So now that they participated last year, they are participating even more this year," says Chris Pike, Albany City Commissioner and event organizer for the Albany Area Black Expo.
Tuesday April 10, 2012-
Expo Kick Off & After Hours Business Networking presented by Hilton Garden Inn
5:30pm: Hilton Garden Inn
FREE & Open to the public
Wednesday April 11, 2012-
7:30am: Hilton Garden Inn
Wine Down Wednesday
5:00pm: Chill Bar & Lounge
Thursday April 12, 2012
Jazz in The Park! Live Jazz music under the stars!
7:00pm: Veteran's Park Amphitheatre
Friday April 13, 2012
April 13, 2012 from 11:30am to 1pm â" Hilton Garden Inn The host of America's Ballroom Challenge is Jasmine Guy, an actress, dancer and singer whose career has included many leading roles on television, in feature films and on the stage.