sheryl lee ralph (west coast expo)*Los Angeles, CA — Actress, singer and activist Sheryl Lee Ralph will host  the 2nd Annual West Coast Expo taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from Friday, September 27 – Saturday, September 28, 2013. Co- Producers, Natalie Cole, CEO and David Miller, COO of Our Weekly Newspaper will kick off the expo with an opening breakfast beginning at 8:00am on Friday in the convention center’s South Hall.

The West Coast Expo is as an exposition and trade show for small, medium, and large businesses with goods, products and services to market on the West Coast. Our featured pavilions include Business, Technology, Health and Beauty, Automotive, Home Improvement and Green/Sustainability. Each pavilion offers attendees a unique, informative and exciting opportunity to interact with experts, specialists and vendors who will enable them to learn about, evaluate, test and purchase products and services. “We are excited to bring our 2nd annual West Coast Expo event to the Los Angeles Convention Center. This event with be a one stop shop for the entire family,” says David Miller.”

The West Coast Expo (WCE) Job & Resource Expo taking place on Friday from 10am – 3pm and Saturday from 10am – 1pm, will host diverse organizations offering employment opportunities and social service resources for all WCE attendees. The Job Fair will take place on the Expo floor near the Business Pavilion.

The Urban Media Junior Business Camp will be a training ground for youth on Saturday from 10am – 4pm. The one day camp is an annual part of the Urban Media Foundation Youth Entrepreneurship Project (YEP). The JBC incorporates a variety of educational techniques, including classroom instructions, interactive activities, Building-A-Business Lab & Assessment Center and helpful handouts. Sessions are designed to be easily understood by high school students with hands on learning experiences to guide each participant into becoming the owner of a real small business. Participants will learn practical business skills: team building, leadership development, financial management, professional communication and business etiquette through interactive lessons and exercises.

The WCE Workshops and Seminars will be an extension of our business represented on the floor and will be conducted in the classrooms overlooking the Expo floor and is a premier focus of the Expo. The WCE Business Seminars will include Workshops and Panel experts, presented by our sponsors and other industry professionals. These Seminars will include presentations that will address the needs of both the business professionals and consumers

Hosted by Darrin Henson of the hit movie “Stomp the Yard,” the 2013 Back 2 School: Back 2 Business step show competition is a must see as it debuts at this year’s expo. West coast fraternities and sororities step their way through an exciting competition to see who will take away the title and trophy for the best steppers representing the West Coast!

The Tasting Spot features Chef Barbie Flores along with other local chefs who will show you how to prepare quick, healthy, organic meals while taking advantage of the free healthy food and beverage sampling.

Be inspired by the transformations of contestants at the Root’s Nutrition Weight A Minute Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge Competition on Saturday, 5pm. Contestant’s that joined the challenge on June 22,2013,  will be presented and the fitness competition winner will be announced and presented with their cash prize and trophy. Hosted by NBA legend AC Green, this is an event you don’t want to miss!

Fabulous fashions await visitors Saturday, 6:00pm at the “Lights-Camera-Runway” Celebrity Fashion Show hosted by actress, singer and activist Sheryl Lee Ralph and radio personality Kevin Nash. Featured designers include clothing by some of the leading fashion retailers and top award winning designers in the Greater Los Angeles area. Proceeds benefit the Urban Media Foundation.

“West Coast Expo is a multi-cultural event that will bring businesses and attendees from all over the California marketplace and from some of the surrounding states which includes Utah, Nevada, Arizona and Washington. It is free to the public to attend and we anticipate more than 30,000 people over the two day expo,” explains David Miller. The West Coast Expo is open Friday 8am to 9pm and Saturday 8am to 9pm. Admission is FREE. The WCE is sponsored by AEG, AT&T, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Commerce Bank, Los Angeles Urban League, Los Angeles World Airports, Metro, National Newspaper Publishers Association, Southern California Gas Company, Union Bank, US Bank, Walmart, Wells Fargo and Verizon.  “We anticipate the expo to be the game changer for how we do business not only on the west coast, but how to do business nationwide,” says executive, Myra Wallace, General Manager.


Angela Nichols
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