DANVILLE Va. (WFXR) – Businesses owners will have a chance to establish relationships and grow with a fair that is coming to Danville.

Black BRAND Dan River Region along with the Danville Office of Economic Development and Tourism will host a procurement fair aimed at small, women-based, and minority-owned businesses. It will give business owners the chance to talk with government and private sector buyers of supplies and services.

“The past two years brought challenges due to a global pandemic,” said Crystal Cobbs, president of Black BRAND Dan River Region. “It is our hope that the SWaM Strong the program will grow the number of small, minority, and women-owned businesses in our region who will not only obtain this certification but will establish business relationships that will lead to securing contracts in the state, local and private sector, thus growing their business.”

According to their website, Black BRAND promotes group economics by creating and cross-promoting programs and events to serve Black and underrepresented entrepreneurs and business leaders in Southern Virginia.

“We are excited to collaborate with Black BRAND on this project to offer our small businesses the opportunity to learn more about the procurement process from the many government agencies and businesses in the region,” said Kelvin Perry, project manager for the Office of Economic Development and Tourism. “Small businesses are the heartbeat of any entrepreneurial ecosystem, and we will continue to offer opportunities for our small businesses to grow and prosper.”

The procurement fair will be held on Tuesday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. The City of Danville Office of Economic Development says registration is required by Monday, April 18. You can register here.