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PRESS ROOM: CBCF Planned Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Newly Expanded Exhibit Showcase at 46th Annual Legislative Conference


WASHINGTON — The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) will kick off its newly expanded exhibit showcase with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 15, 2016 as part of its 46th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), September 14 – 18, 2016, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

“Our exhibit showcase is a major draw at ALC this year, and attendees will benefit from the expanded variety of sponsors and exhibitors on the exhibit hall floor which is open for three days of the conference, September 15 – 17,” said A. Shuanise Washington, president and CEO of the CBCF. “In addition to the premium sponsors and nearly 200 exhibitors, ALC attendees will have the opportunity to participate in daily promotions with raffles and giveaways and connect with businesses in the community long after the conference as well.”

The ALC ‘16 Exhibit Showcase provides the unique opportunity to offer hands-on demonstrations with exhibiting organizations and businesses, specialty pavilions and stages featuring the latest authors, and numerous related fun events. This is also a great opportunity to highlight the exhibit floor’s impact and influence on various industries and is an integral part of learning, professional development, and networking for conference attendees.

Along with celebrating the 40-year anniversary, the CBCF is excited to offer new business opportunities for vendors and attendees participating in this year’s exhibit showcase. New to the showcase this year are movie trailer premiers and screenings, financial planning seminars, fashion show, art seminars, and much more. This is a multi-faceted conference. Exhibiting companies participating in the exhibit showcase will highlight the best and the brightest in business, health, procurement, the arts, and policy.

The Exhibit Showcase Hours
Thursday, September 15 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, September 16 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 17 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Booth sales for ALC ’16 2016 Exhibit Showcase are still open. Please contact Victoria Fore for more information.

Specialty Pavilions
The ALC Exhibit Showcase offers special pavilions some of the best-known brands and products to help conference attendees get an in-depth look at what is new, including the latest publications, products, and technologies. Specialty Pavilions include:

Health Pavilion
Health Pavilion will offer important and potentially life-saving health screenings to all exhibit hall visitors. Vital information on health issues and preventative measures will be provided to increase awareness of the negative impact of health disparities for African Americans in particular and on society as a whole. Meet with experts and talk about living an active and healthy lifestyle, see demonstrations on cooking healthy, tasty meals and sample healthy foods, and practice new exercises to stay fit.

Enterprise Pavilion
This pavilion is designed to attract influential industry leaders from around the world to introduce new products, services or advanced technology. Exhibitors can showcase the latest communication devices, computer accessories or industry updates to attract new buyers and generate new sales leads The Pavilion will include excellent business seminars such as promote your business through social media; professional photos; franchise opportunities and business card exchanges.

Authors Pavilion
Meet the Authors! The nation’s premier African-American literary and scholarly talent from all over the country converges at the ALC to greet conference attendees. Prominent authors share the spotlight with a diverse range of novelists, scholars, poets and self-published authors.

Marketplace Pavilion
Exclusively for professional artisans, designers and unique craftsman and businesses the Marketplace Pavilion is a source for one-stop shopping and features handmade artistry at its best. ALC attracts high-end consumers seeking one-of-a-kind, high-quality artistry, jewelry and apparel.

ALC ’16 Exhibit Showcase will also feature:

Career & Job Diversity Connection
The Career & Diversity Connection will provide a platform for individuals to learn about various opportunities in the federal and private sectors, as well as, give minority owned businesses an opportunity to engage with government agencies and private industry around the contracting process.

ALC College Fair
The fair is designed to expose students to the Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) and meet locally with HBCUs and other colleges/universities. In addition, the CBCF Permanence Project Staff members will be on hand to offer students exposure to the usage of social media and technology to become informed and engaged in public policy discussions and decision.


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ALC is one of the largest public policy conferences that in the nation focused on social, political and economic issues impacting African Americans worldwide. With nearly 10,000 conference attendees annually, ALC brings together leaders in business, technology, politics, academia and other areas for more than 70 issue forums and sessions. The ALC also features a series of signature events including the National Town Hall, Annual Prayer Breakfast, and the culminating event, the Phoenix Awards Dinner, which supports the Foundation’s mission critical programs including education, economic development, health and research.

Sign up to receive the e-newsletter and follow the CBCF on social media using hashtag, #CBCFALC16 for updates.


This year’s theme, “Defining the Moment – Building the Movement,” will highlight a culmination of social and political moments in American History that define the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and the CBCF. It will also explore the critical policy issues of voter suppression, police brutality and economic opportunity—and identify forward-looking solutions that empower people to change their lives, communities and futures.

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Freddie Allen is the National News Editor for the NNPA News Wire and 200-plus Black newspapers. 20 million readers. You should follow Freddie on Twitter and Instagram @freddieallenjr.

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