Events. Markets. Food.
In 2003, along with our partners, we launched SMB Enterprises, LLC which led to concerts with Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans, John P Kee and other national artists. We also partnered with Salem Baptist Church to bring Kurt Carr and Byron Cage to Omaha.
In 2008, SMB launched Revive Omaha! Magazine and in 2013, we worked to launch the Revive! Business Network which has worked with over 350 black businesses and focused on creating a thriving black district with a key goal of helping to revitalize 24th and Lake.
Along the way, SMB has launched the Revive Black Business Guide and Revive North Omaha Guide. We have also worked with the Native Omaha Days Organizing Committee to produce the Native Omaha Days Guide.
The Revive Center is the next phase for SMB. This is a platform to celebrate, highlight and launch more black owned businesses and entrepreneurs in Omaha and across the country! We have incredible talent in Omaha. We want the Revive Center to be one of the places that provides a place where individuals and groups can use their gifts in a powerful way.
In the late summer of 2019, Revive hosted a soft opening of the Center. The Revive Center was launched during Native Omaha Days and had a series of events including a Youth Entrepreneurship Market, Black Business Market and Sunday Gospel Luncheon featuring Millicent Crawford. The food was prepared and presented in partnership with Natelina Mickles of TDC Catering. Darnell Relford joined us as Center Manager.
September 2019 to October 2019, we hosted a first Sunday Gospel Luncheon, Revive Black Business Luncheon, Black Business Markets, TownHall with Councilman Ben Gray and Commissioner Chris Rodgers and several private events presented by local organizations.
We also hosted the evening reception for the Empowerment Network’s 8th Annual African-American Leadership Conference where we honored Hall of Famer Roger Sayers and featured the Omaha World-Herald’s 24th and Glory Exhibit.
In December 2019, we were a partner with the 9th Annual Christmas in the Village and thousands entered the Center to visit with Santa and enjoy great food.
January to March 2020, we continued with our soft opening and started to expand the offerings at the Center. At the end of January, we hosted an amazing Friday Night Concert featuring Dani Cleveland. The Sunday Gospel Lunch started to catch on as we featured different chefs. We started to move towards being open every weekend. The atmosphere, discussions and food were well received.
At the end of March, we decided to put things on hold as the community, nation and world work to address the COVID 19 Coronavirus.
We will prepare for a formal grand opening as soon as we receive additional guidance and make adjustments to the model based on COVID 19 protocols. Safety is the first priority.
The Revive Center will be a place for celebrations, events, meetings, business, community and awesome food. The food will be available for carry out, pick up and eventually, we will add delivery.
We thank God, our families and all of our supporters. We appreciate your prayers and all the love!
More to come.