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Market. Network. Pitch.

The Urban Business Expo

This high-impact interactive event combines a marketing workshop, tradeshow and pitch competition with major prize packages for start-up and established businesses.

Saturday, March 25, 2023 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the WSU Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th Street North, Rooms 132 and 138

Cost for business owners: $30/company | Members of the public: Free

The tradeshow and pitch competition opens at 11 a.m. for the public and is an
all-ages event.
There is no obligation for the public to purchase from companies to participate.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Business owners

Learn important marketing strategies from a local expert


Attend a marketing workshop with a local expert to give you practical tips for promoting your company.



Practice talking with members of the public about your company.
They'll pick three companies to advance to the pitch competition.



If selected, you'll have up to two minutes to present your company through an "elevator pitch" to a panel of judges.


Put your company on display
by decorating a table

We give you ideas to help!


Congratulations to our 2022 participants.
Photo credit: Iesha Henderson, Create Campaign, Inc.



GRAND PRIZE WINNER: DeLyZa Jewelry, Diane Rayzer


Alma Negra Collective, Fidel Serrano


Lois' House, Tracy Allen



2022 Marketing Presentation by Bill Gardner, Gardner Design:

As the owner and president of Gardner Design, Bill and his team have produced effective and award-winning results for such industry leaders as Cessna, Spirit AeroSystems, Bombardier/Learjet, Thermos, NFL, Facebook, Google, Pizza Hut, Coleman Outdoor, Kroger, Hallmark, Cargill Corporation, SeaWorld, and others. He understands the nuances of brand practicalities better than anyone in the business and leads his team to always first consider the business that the design is supporting.


As the founder of – the international, searchable compendium of logos – Bill authored the affiliated bestselling LogoLounge book series, volumes 1-13, and is the author of the annual LogoLounge Logo Trend Report. 2022 marks the tenth anniversary of the first release of Logo Creed, the popular foundation textbook for students, educators and professionals alike. Bill is also the author and presenter of LinkedIn Learning’s series of online courses concentrating on branding and identity design.


In 2014, Bill became an AIGA Fellow Award recipient for his contributions to the local, national and international creative community. Bill also judges design competitions and speaks nationally and internationally on identity trends and logo development. In his spare time, he serves on a variety of boards and has completed a six-year term as the Territorial Vice President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.


2022 Judges Panel featured (Left to Right):

  • Bill Gardner, Owner/President, Gardner Design

  • Christina Long, Create Campaign President/CEO, Emcee

  • Marquetta Atkins, Founder & Executive Director, Destination Innovation, Inc.

  • Phylicia Thompson, Owner, 2 Beatz Boutique and Co-Founder, Bringing it Black

  • Heidi Jones, Business Relationship Manager, Meritrust Credit Union

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