NEWPORT NEWS-The Black Diamond Weekend, an annual business conference for Black business owners, is scheduled for this Friday, November 12 through Sunday, November 14. The conference, hosted by Black BRAND, will be held at the Holiday Inn Newport News City Center, 980 Omni Blvd.
Black entrepreneurs, business owners, retirees, high school and college students, and others are invited to the three-day event, which this year will be held both virtually and in-person. Black Diamond Weekend, the largest Black business conference in Virginia, will include classes, keynote speakers, a Black business marketplace, celebrations of Black business owners and community leaders, and other activities.
The theme of this year’s conference is “It’s A Different World,” inspired by the 1990s sitcom of the same name. This year’s celebrity hosts are Tempest Bledsoe, who starred on the sitcom “The Cosby Show,” and Darryl M. Bell, who was a part of the cast of “A Different World.” Angel Rich, CEO of The Wealth Factory, will be a keynote speaker.
The conference begins at 8am on Friday, November 12, with a kickoff presentation by Felecia Hatcher of Black Ambition at 9am. A limited number of in-person tickets are available. For more information about Black Diamond Weekend, visit www.blackdiamondweekend.com.