Business Diversity Council

The purpose of the Chamber Business Diversity Council (CBDC) is to grow and support minority businesses. A Minority Business Enterprise is a business that is at least 51% owned by one or more minority individuals (African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, Native American) who are United States citizens or legal resident aliens.

Meeting time: 12:00-1:30pm on the 4th Tuesday of each month

Location: Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 2nd floor of the Jefferson School City Center, 233 4th St. NW

Attendance policy: CBDC meetings are free to attend for Chamber members and non-members. Registration is required.

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CBDC Executive Committee with Mayor Nikuyah Walker
CBDC Executive Committee with Mayor Nikuyah Walker
2019 Meetings & Events
  • January 22
  • February 26
  • March 26
  • April 23
  • May 28
  • June 25
  • July 23
  • August 27
  • September 17: Minority Business Luncheon in partnership with the City of Charlottesville Minority Business Program
  • September 24
  • October 22 | Click here to register
  • November 19 (3rd Tuesday due to Thanksgiving week) | Click here to register
  • December: Holiday Mixer
Speaker Inquiry

Chamber Business Diversity Luncheon

Will Jones Thomas Penny

2019 Event

John F. Bell Sr. Vanguard Award: William "Will" Jones III, co-owner of His Image Barber Shop and Natural Hair Studio

Keynote: Thomas Penny III, President of Donohoe Hospitality Services

Pamela Sutton-Wallace, UVA Medical Center CEO; Dr. RaShall Brackney, Chief of the Charlottesville Police Department; Dr. Carla Williams, Hollie Lee, and Kathy Galvin, Charlottesville City Councilwoman

2018 Event

Vanguard Award: Hollie Lee, Chief of Workforce Development Strategies, Charlottesville Office of Economic Development

Keynote: Dr. Carla Williams, Director, UVA Athletics

Vanguard Williams 2

2017 Event

Vanguard Award: Eugene & Lorraine Williams

Keynote: Michel Zajur, President & CEO of the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Many thanks to David Dillehunt and Charlottesville’s Own TV10 for recording our events to air on Comcast Channel 13.

2018 Diversity Luncheon

2016 Diversity Luncheon 

2015 Diversity Luncheon