BELOIT — Not even a pandemic and a snow storm could stop this year’s Black Women in Business Expo in Beloit, with the event drawing its largest number of vendors ever on Saturday.

The annual event aims to shine a spotlight on women-owned Black businesses and coincides each year with Black “Herstory” Day, an event organized by the expo’s creator Vickie Lynn to celebrate the achievements of Black women.

Businesses of all kinds were on display Saturday, from health and wellness products, clothing, books, apparel, jewelry, photography, art and more. Entry-fee donations from the event will go to the Center of Hope and New Life Ministries International in Beloit.

This year’s expo, with over 50 vendors, almost didn’t happen due to COVID-19, Lynn said. But organizers rallied to make the event socially-distanced and masks were required.

“We were really unsure about it at first, but then we came together

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