UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL 07 June 2017 09:00
The Black-owned Event Vendors (BEV) business grew, like many great business ideas, from a powerful experience of the founder that highlighted a gap in the market. Wedding planner Natasha Corbin-Stewart, went on a pitch last January, won the business, and was told afterwards by the happy client, a black person like her, that they did not want to use any other black vendors, and only saw her because they’d no idea till she showed up that she was black. Asked why the client said, “because they just don’t deliver!”
“I knew right away I had to do something about this and that’s how BEV (Black Event Vendors) was born. If our own community won’t use us who will I thought,” said Natasha.
BEV was established by Husband and Wife team Hartley and Natasha Corbin-Stewart in May 2017 with a simple value proposition: to provide a one-stop shop on-line for all black-owned businesses who make an input to the events industry. Its top three categories by membership are event planning, cake making, and catering, but it promotes the full range of business contractors that make inputs to the Events industry, from Audio hire to videography including PR, Marketing, and Web design.
Members bring cultural insights and experience to customers who require it, and to the wider market, they’re professionals, like others, with the added cachet of their extended cultural understanding, useful when diverse audiences are being targeted for events.
Members of the site are all listed on the directory of contractors and can be searched by category and location, with reviews available for past customers to evaluate the quality of their work. With three levels of membership from Bronze to Gold, members of the BEV site with top privileges can have a QR code, videos, photo albums, adverts, blog posts and all get enhanced SEO to boost their visibility online.
“We don’t just leave members on the site, we support and coach them with advice and guidance to develop and promote their visibility online and in the market,” says Natasha and continues, “I changed the attitude of my client about Black vendors last December and I’m on a mission to help our community and the wider market recognise the talent it's overlooking through BEV.”
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Black Event Vendors is an online directory exclusively for Black Owned Businesses within the Event’s sector. Many cultures recognise the importance and value of supplying within their own community as well as the global community. BEV does exactly the same. It is focused on helping people identify clear those Event focused businesses that are created and founded by Black Entrepreneurs, who have an understanding and legacy of African and Caribbean experience and history. The service providers are authentically black and serve a global community to that experience.
This is not just any directory it’s a platform to showcase, network and collaborate to grow your business and boost your web rankings.
BEV was founded in May 2017 and is now helping Black Owned businesses who are contractors to the Events Industry.
For membership details and sign up process go online.