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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)


  • 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.