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Empowering economic excellence: Greater Savannah Black Chamber of Commerce presents the Black Business Expo

The Greater Savannah Black Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the much-anticipated Black Business Expo, set to showcase the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit and economic prowess of the Black community. Scheduled to take place at The Hyatt Regency Harborside Ballroom on Saturday, Aug. 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., this expo promises to be a celebration of innovation, resilience, and collective empowerment.

With a rich tapestry of Black-owned businesses spanning various industries, the Black Business Expo serves as a dynamic platform for entrepreneurs to network, collaborate, and amplify their ventures. From startups to seasoned enterprises, participants will have the opportunity to connect with a diverse array of businesses, each embodying the spirit of creativity and excellence.

The expo aims to foster economic growth and prosperity within the Black community by promoting entrepreneurship, supporting local businesses, and encouraging investment opportunities. Attendees can expect to discover a wide range of products and services, from fashion and beauty to technology and finance, all proudly crafted and curated by Black entrepreneurs.

In addition to showcasing the entrepreneurial talent of the Greater Savannah area, the Black Business Expo will feature engaging panel discussions, and keynote presentations aimed at empowering aspiring business owners and fostering meaningful dialogue around economic empowerment and social change.

"We are thrilled to present the Black Business Expo as a platform to showcase the ingenuity and resilience of Black entrepreneurs in Savannah," said Moncello Stewart, President of the Greater Savannah Black Chamber of Commerce. "This event is not just about commerce; it's about community, empowerment, and building a brighter future for generations to come."

The Greater Savannah Black Chamber of Commerce invites members of the community, business leaders, and supporters of economic empowerment to join us for an inspiring day of entrepreneurship, networking, and celebration at the Black Business Expo. Together, we can uplift, empower, and advance the economic prosperity of the Black community.

For more information about the Black Business Expo, including sponsorship opportunities and event registration, please visit or email [email protected].

Colonial Terminals’ Pratt Summers interviews former President George W. Bush at ILTA Conference

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ILTA Chairman of the Board Pratt Summers of Colonial Terminals interviews President George W. Bush in Houston.

Pratt Summers, vice president of Savannah’s Colonial Terminals, had the honor of interviewing former President George W. Bush at the International Liquid Terminals Association’s 2024 annual conference and trade show held May 6-8 in Houston. Summers carried out the interview as part of his duties as ILTA’s chairman of the board.

“This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and interview our 43rd president,” Summers said. “It only cemented my respect for Mr. Bush.”

During the wide-ranging 90-minute interview, the former president discussed his calling to enter politics, American energy policy, contemporary world leaders, and a variety of other topics. He also shared his inspiration for honoring those wounded under his command in his book of portraiture titled “Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors.”

ILTA is an advocate and key resource for the liquid terminal industry. The lobbying group is headquartered in the Washington, D.C., area, where it advocates on behalf of the liquid terminal industry in Congress and at various federal agencies. ILTA also maintains close working relationships with other organizations that interact with the tank storage industry.

Summers is currently serving a one-year term as chair of the ILTA’s board. He has been the Vice President of Colonial Terminals, a subsidiary of the Savannah-based Colonial Group, for approximately 15 years. Colonial Group is a privately held, family-owned company specializing in energy, distribution, storage, and logistics. Summers has been with the company for 27 years, having assumed the role of Vice President in 2009.


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