'Black Business. Black Heritage. Is Now!' Dubuque's Tri-Phoenix Group hosts celebration of Black businesses

The Black business event will be held on Aug. 26, 2022, in Dubuque.

Tri-Phoenix Group will hold its second annual Black business event in August, an organizer said.

"We want to celebrate and acknowledge business owners that have worked hard and reached the community with their products, services and talents," said A. Alanda Gregory, CEO at Tri-Phoenix Group, via email. "Our event will also recognize Black-owned organizations as well as honoring lifetime achievements for a select community member and an honorary award to a business/community organization that is considered an ally to the Black business community."

A. Alanda Gregory. Photo courtesy of Gregory.

The theme is "Black Legacy. Black Heritage. Is Now!" The event will begin with a VIP reception at 6 p.m. on Aug. 26, at Smokestack, 62 E. 7th St. in Dubuque. An awards ceremony will be held at 8 p.m., followed by live music. The cost is $25 for VIP and the awards show, and $15 for the awards show only.

"For the past six months we've hosted business mixers and we thought what's a great way to celebrate by having a Black business mixer this year," said Gregory, who is also a media manager/personal development coach. "We created an expo/awards celebration highlighting local businesses and community partners."

Gregory is the co-founder of the BIPOC Leaders & Professional Collective, which will host the VIP reception.

"With some help from our friends, community partners and sponsors from the Tri-State Area and beyond, this will be a celebration of our businesses, organizations, community, leaders, friends and allies," Gregory said.

The goal of event is to celebrate Black businesses and services in the Tri-state area, which includes Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin, during National Black Business Month, which is celebrated in August.

Gregory said a panel of six professionals will select award recipients based on community/business recommendations. Award recipients will receive small monetary gift and award. Participants can be Black-owned businesses/organizations located in Dubuque, Platteville, Dyersville, Davenport/Quad Cities, Galena, East Dubuque, Iowa City, she said.

Business awards:

1. Best Black Business

2. Best Black Organization

3. Trailblazer Award

4. Legacy Award (Lifetime achievement)

5. Black Business Ally Award

Criteria for best business/organizational awards:

1) Black owned

2) Management/Customer Service/Staying Power

3) Special Achievements noted throughout the year

4) Innovation: New ways to engage clients/customers

5) Economic engagement of the disadvantaged community

6) Previous winners are ineligible to win best business/organization award

The BIPOC Leader & Professional Collective
Jun 22, 2022 ·

We are doing it again! Celebrating Black Businesses! We will host as awards ceremony, VIP reception and live music.

More than 350 people attended last year's Black business event. Photo courtesy of Gregory.

The expo features vendors and booths by community organizations.

One of last year's award winners. Photo courtesy of Gregory.

Gregory said sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available. For more information about volunteering or to receive a sponsorship packet, please email the group at: dubuqueblackbiz@gmail.com or contact co-organizers: Alanda Gregory at (563) 663-3342 or Carla Anderson at (563) 500-6668.

Tri-Phoenix Group, LLC

Dubuque Community Leaders

Read more about Alanda Gregory, of Tri-Phoenix Group

Read more about Anderson Sainci, director of the city of Dubuque's Shared Prosperity and Neighborhood Support.

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