WDB Marketing returns with its fourth annual L.E.G.A.C.Y. Awards Gala to recognize the importance of African American entrepreneurship in America by highlighting business owners and leaders in the city of Chicago.Announcing the 2020 Honorees, an extraordinary group of leaders making a high-impact in politics, education, humanitarianism and overall African-American entrepreneurship to be honored. WDB Marketing celebrating their 14th anniversary will honor recipients on Saturday, February 29, 2020, from 6 pm – 10 pm at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson Blvd.
“This event is important because it connects entrepreneurs at all stages of their business in one room for a night of networking and celebration. We inspire those that are just starting their journey and compel those who have already succeeded in helping the next generation of entrepreneurs.” Keeana Barber, founder, and CEO of WDB Marketing shares.“The L.E.G.A.C.Y. Awards Gala is not accomplished by just one person. We have a team of entrepreneurs in the community that work to make it a success. The people that we honor have been trailblazers and when you can see a pathway, it makes it that much closer to reality for the next generation.”
The evening will honor Kim Foxx (Cook County State’s Attorney), Olivier Kamazi (Africa Global Chamber of Commerce), Thomas Crosby (Insurance Exchange), Andrea Zopp (CEO of World Business Chicago), Chris James (Hero Foundation), Eric Williams (Silver Room), LaShaun Jackson and Omar Moore (CIRCLE Foundation) and WVON 1690AM (iHeart) radio station for the overall legacy award.A.C. Green, Chicago radio personality will host the event as Master of Ceremonies.
One young business owner will be honored with The Young Entrepreneur Award.Each year the award is given to a business owner 25 years-old or younger. The three finalists for this year’s award include Ava Dosey, the 12-year-old owner of Ava's Pet Palace, Caleb Dunson, 17-year-old Executive Director of the Youth Entrepreneur League and Jeremy Frierson, 23-year-old Image and Brand consultant - Frierson Agency LLC.Finalists will present their business to a panel like the television show “Shark Tank” during the event.The winner will receive over $5000 in prizes and professional services and new this year a trip to Africa for the US Africa Youth Entrepreneur Summit in Ghana, Africa.
The L.E.G.A.C.Y. Awards Gala attracts a wide variety of businesses, including small mom and pops, local non-for-profits, emerging enterprises, and national corporations to connect hundreds of start-ups and seasoned businesses for the purpose of networking to collaborate on projects, inspire new entrepreneurs and provide mentorship.For one night in one location, over 600 established black-owned businesses will be toasted and celebrated for their extraordinary work in the business community and a dozen restaurants featured in the restaurant showcase.The notable event continues to show a real commitment to promoting the message that black businesses do matter to the communities they serve.
World Business Chicago returns as a major sponsor making the event their official Black History Month Celebration.Additional confirmed sponsors are Tito's Handmade Vodka and African Global Chamber of Commerce.
Early Bird Tickets are available for purchase at www.LegacyAwardsGala.com. Early Bird General Admission Tickets are $50, and Early Bird VIP Tickets are $75. Members and supporters of the entrepreneurship movement are encouraged to join the social media conversation by using hashtags #LegacyBuilder #LegacyAwards2020.