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WDB MARKETING, FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN OWNED FULL SERVICE PRINTING MANUFACTURER, CELEBRATES ITS 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF BLACK Hosts fifth annual WDB L.E.G.A.C.Y. Awards Gala, honoring leaders in business, community, and civic service; invests $10K+ in emerging Young Entrepreneurs ECONOMIC IMPACT

Chicago, January 4, 2022 — WDB Marketing celebrates its fifteenth year of black excellence in business with the fifth year annual L.E.G.A.C.Y. Awards Gala, Saturday, February 26, 2022.  Sponsored in part by WDB Cares, NFP the fifth annual L.E.G.A.C.Y. Awards Gala, themed ‘Rebuilding Black Wall Street’, will take place at Malcolm X Community College, 1900 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL.  

Beginning in 2015, The Annual WDB L.E.G.A.C.Y. Awards Gala recognizes businesses and thought leaders making impactful strides in their respective communities and industries, while highlighting and deploying resources to emerging young entrepreneurs. The event focuses on celebrating Black business leaders in the areas of (L)eadership, (E)ducation, (G)rowth, (A)dvocacy, (C)ommunity, and (Y)oung Entrepreneur, and the overall LEGACY Award.  Past event honorees include: Illinois State’s Attorney Kim Foxx (2020), Founder of World Business Chicago, Andrea Zopp (2020), and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Aaliyah Stewart, Founder of ASW Foundation, Inc. (2019).   

Attracting over 600 Black business professionals annually, the WDB L.E.G.A.C.Y. Awards hosts it’s highly anticipated Black Restaurant Food Showcase, highlighting 15 + of Chicago’s most popular Black Owned Restaurants and spirits companies. Featured in 500 printed copies of The Book of Business, each restaurant is gifted a promotional advertisement, among other unique incentives,  to boost support and growth beyond the event.   

Legacy and Impact

“Things you do for others remain as your legacy.”

-Keeana Barber, CEO 

As a young entrepreneur herself, Keeana Barber, CEO of WDB Marketing, understands the struggles young entrepreneurs have as emerging business owners.  The Young Entrepreneur Pitch Contest, hosted ‘Shark Tank Style’ at the event,  is an opportunity for entrepreneurs under the age of 25 years old to apply for the chance to competitively pitch alongside fellow young entreprenuer finalists, for the chance to win $10,000 in cash and prizes supporting their business endeavors. 

About WDB Marketing

WDB Marketing is a fully Black owned and operated print and marketing firm, dedicated to building the brands of Black small businesses daily.  As fellow entrepreneurs, they pride themselves in understanding the needed celebratory moments of triumph and victory  experienced as Black business owners.  A lot of times, those moments and stages go uncelebrated and unacknowledged.  

Established in 2006, WDB Marketing has proudly services over 1,000 businesses and entrepreneurs across industries annually.  Industries served include retail, professional services,  not for profits, and more. 

The WDB L.E.G.A.C.Y. Awards Gala, was designed with the Black small business owner and professional in mind, who deserves a night of celebration and acknowledgement.  They believe good business is founded on a solid foundation of good relationships, providing event attendees with strategic business networking opportunities that positively impact the overall growth of all who attend. 
WDB Marketing’s client portfolio includes The Chicago Urban League, Flavor Restaurant, the Chicago Defender, Just Turkey franchises, and WVON 1690AM. To learn more about The LEGACY Awards Gala, visit their website at:  To learn more about WDB Marketing, visit their website at