business professionals

25th Annual Small Business Expo on June 14

Connecting Dreams to Resources

About the Expo

The City's Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise Program and Wake County Public School System are excited to announce the 25th Annual Small Business Expo this June.

At the event, you will:

  • Connect with local and state procurement and primary contractors
  • Learn about resources available to you
  • Enjoy lunch and a keynote speaker

Our goal is to connect small business owners and minority and women-owned business enterprises to tangible resources. Join us on Friday, June 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St!

Schedule and Registration

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.Lunch and Keynote Speaker
Registration required
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.Information Expo Open
Registration not required - drop by for information!

Registration for the lunch and keynote speaker will open mid-May. Sign up for MWBE email alerts to be notified when registration opens!

Keynote Speaker

James Montague Headshot

This year's keynote speaker is James Montague, President of F7 International Development. Mr. Montague began his entrepreneurial journey in Southeast Raleigh, starting with cutting hair in his mother's kitchen at 14. By 19, he opened his first salon, later expanding to real estate development, including Statue Side Business Plaza at 27.

Mr. Montague has several completed residential and commercial projects including Elders Peak Apartments, a Senior Living Residential Facility in Raleigh, NC. He recently celebrated the ribbon cutting of his latest project, Montague Plaza, just two blocks from where he grew up. 

When asked about the name of his company, F7 International Development, he explains that the “F” stands for Faith In Action. He believes that Faith is what drives him to be a problem-solver and to reach back and help others.

Associated Event




Maria A. Torres
MWBE Program Coordinator


Lead Department:
Equity and Inclusion
Service Categories:
Small Business