The purpose of the Black Business Vendor Showcase (#BBVS ) is to connect local Black-owned businesses to The Village KC, and give them a platform to network and sell their goods/services during the pandemic. Since 2020, we have served over 300 Black-owned businesses/Black-led organizations in the greater Kansas City area.
In addition to hosting the BBVS, VKC is intentional about hiring Black-owned businesses for our events, seeking Black instructors for our programs, and partnering with other Black-led organizations to increase our impact with VKC youth.
2023 Dates (timeframe for each date is 12p-5p):
Location: Brookside Charter School- 1815 East 63rd Street, KCMO
Spring- Saturday April 15, 2023
Summer -Saturday July 22, 2023
Fall- October 14, 2023
Holiday Pop-Up- December 16, 2023
Over 300 Black owned businesses and Black-led NPO's served through our vendor events since 2020.
We aim to use all Black businesses for our events - from decor, to catering, to graphic design - we've utilized the services of 17 Black vendors since December 2020.
VKC currently has ten instructors, and all of them are Black business owners.
Currently, four of our five VKC Executive Board members are Black business owners.