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MBA – 2021 Year in Review

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The Chamber Minority Business Alliance (MBA) celebrates a successful year engaging and supporting members, building partnerships, and raising awareness.

Funding Support:

  • $3000 MBA Endurance grant, 3 recipients – Black Women of Central Va; Jefferson School African American Heritage Center; New Hill Development Corporation
  • Forward Adelante received a grant to put together a Latino business directory
  • $70,000 in total grant funding awarded to 7 MBA members (partnership with United Way of Greater Charlottesville and MBA)
MBA Endurance Fund JSAAHC web (2)
MBA Endurance Fund BWCVA web (2)
MBA Endurance Fund New Hill web (2)

Media:

  • Launched MBA Community Facebook group
  • MBA members and executive committee featured in C-ville Weekly's minority business spotlight
  • Emergent Financial Services launched online show, Today y Mañana
  • Lifeview Marketing created video with Culinary Concepts AB for UWGC/MBA partnership
  • MBA JF Bell Vanguard Award recipient – the staff of the Community Investment Collaborative –highlighted on NBC29 and CBS19 and in The Daily Progress and Vinegar Hill Magazine
  • MBA members interviewed for Chamber’s WINA and NBC29 community spots, featured on United Way’s Uncommon Voices podcast and Neighborhood Law Center
  • MBA Endurance Fund awards, Vanguard Award, Minority Business Month promoted across multiple social media sites (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter)
  • Sober Pierre and Pearl Island Catering featured in Maupintown Media production on Black-owned businesses

MBA Partnerships:

  • Allison Partners
  • C-ville Weekly
  • Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CV SBDC)
  • Community Investment Collaborative
  • Forezee Marketing Solutions
  • Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
  • Jefferson School City Center
  • Triple C Camp
  • United Way of Greater Charlottesville
  • Vinegar Hill Magazine

Membership participation:

  • Strong showing at virtual meetings, even after changing from monthly to bi-monthly
  • Had strong membership support for MBA Fun Day @ Jefferson School. First time hosting this type of meeting.
  • Members served as speakers for MBA and other affinity group meetings including Business Women’s Round Table and Public Policy
  • Members participated in United Way’s Envision Launch Party and the Black Business Expo
  • Members serve in leadership roles for other Chamber groups
  • Members continue to make an effort to support one another’s business through purchases/contracts, testimonials, referrals, posting and sharing on social media

MBA Members Community Participation:

  • Our members continue to be very civically-engaged, serving on boards, commissions, committees, panels, focus groups, etc.

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