The 2011 Savannah Black Expo was April 9, from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., at the Savannah Civic Center. R&B group After 7, virtuoso violinist and hiphop artist lee England, Jr., chef Hopeton Hibberts, Jr., chief culinary artisan with French restaurant Cafe Circa in Atlanta. The largest event of its kind, the Expo promotes economic development through increased exposure for African-Americanowned businesses. The 2011 Savannah Black Expo, chaired by Georgia State Rep. J. Craig Gordon, was presented by McCants Communications Group in association with Modus Multimedia.
The State of African American Business Awards Breakfast honoring women was held on Friday, April 8, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. at Savannah State University.
The guest speaker was Lynn Whitfield, who won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special and a NAACP Image Award for her title role in the HBC movie “The Josephine Baker Story”. Honored during the breakfast were: Business Pioneer Award: Joenelle Gordon, Statewide Healthcare, Inc., Small Business of the Year: Shirley James, Savannah Tribune, accepted by Tanya Milton, Vice President, Savannah Tribune, Lifetime Achievement Award: Mrs. Janie Toomer, Toomer Real Estate accepted by Mayor Pro Tem Edna Jackson, Entrepreneur of the Year: Estelle Mannion, Stellar Productions, Corporate Business of the Year: Cathy Hill, Ga. Power, and President’s Award: Rochelle Small-Toney, City Manager, City of Savannah. Whitfield was also honored with an award.
The Savannah Black Expo VIP Kick-Off Reception was held Friday, April 8, 2011, from 5:30- 8:30 p.m. in the City Hall Rotunda, which featured a tribute to the Honorable Otis Johnson, Mayor of Savannah.