AUGUSTA, Ga. (WFXG) - May is known as National Small Business Month. On Sunday, the Greater Augusta Black Chamber of Commerce (GABCC) hosted its Black Business Expo.

Small businesses gathered at Augusta Technical College for this event. Each one sold products to people stopping by to support them. 

"This is the first-ever black expo hosted by the community affairs committee," says Ronic West, GABCC President.

The GABCC says it's committed to building and supporting small businesses that empower our community. This expo is an example of that mission, giving small businesses an opportunity to network and meet new customers.

Demetrice Johnson owns Beverly's Body Butter. She tells FOX54 that she named her business after her mother.

"When I was a kid, she used to always make me wear Vaseline and skin so soft, I hated it," shares Johnson.

Business owners were also able to participate in a pre-pitch competition. The goal is to help prepare them for another pitch competition in November. 

The winner gets a cash prize to help their business. Judges listened to pitches, asked questions, and scored each business pitch. 

Karlton Meadows won first place by less than a point. 

Ronic West tells FOX54 that this event was an amazing way to end small business week.

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