Launched in spring 2016, the Village Market ATL poses as a quarterly event to support the sustainability of Black, community-minded entrepreneurs and small businesses. In a time when supporting the Black community is crucial in its growth and development, this event allows entrepreneurs and small businesses to gain exposure and access to the community.
“Our sole purpose in creating this atmosphere is to promote community and financial empowerment,” said creator Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon. “My hope is to provide a space for entrepreneurs, small businesses, artists, and non-profits to locally sell their products to keep the dollar within our community.”
The next community market will be held at Ambient Plus Studios in Atlanta, 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Nov. 25.
As reported by The Atlantic, the Black buying power is expected to reach $1.2 trillion this year, and whether in support of shopping small businesses, or supporting the black-owned business communities, the Village Market ATL’s mission is to change the narrative of how people of color spend on Black Friday.
Dr. Hallmon began hosting monthly master classes on entrepreneurship and community development and she coupled her experiences with her love of organic food, urban farming, and education to create a family-friendly community event.
In the wake of the beginning of the shop small and support black business wave, this market created a space to allow patrons to interact with their community while keeping the dollar within.
“It’s important to have a family friendly atmosphere that allows us to support and empower ourselves and our youth.” said Hallmon. “I’m excited to be featuring youth entrepreneurs who will be teaching entrepreneurship to other youth, along with engaging opportunities to learn about managing finances, and promoting sustainability within the Black community.”
In addition to the vending opportunities available, there will be bi-monthly classes on financial literacy and entrepreneurship for beginning entrepreneurs. The market is open for the community to come together, invest, network, enjoy the arts, and enjoy an event powered by our village.
You can find out more information on the Village Market ATL by visiting www.thevillagemarketatl.com.