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.

Congratulations to our 2022 participants. Stay tuned for 2023 details.
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