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Minority Business Alliance

Reserve Your Seat for the MBA 10th Anniversary Celebration Gala!
A Decade of Impact in the Business Community
Friday, September 9, 7-11pm at The Club at Glenmore

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Dinner, dancing, social photo booth, 2022 MBA Vanguard Award and Endurance Funds presented, and MBA-United Way Partnership Grant recipients recognized

Many thanks to our Gala sponsors: Allison Partners, The Tax Ladies, The Equity Center at UVA, United Way of Greater Charlottesville, City of Charlottesville Office of Economic Development, York Place, Community Investment Collaborative (CIC), and StickyNote Creative.

July 1 - August 26: seats are $55 for Chamber members, $65 for non-members
August 27 - September 6: $70 for members, $80 for non-members

The purpose of the Chamber Minority Business Alliance (MBA) is to convene, support and promote minority businesses; leveraging local business and nonprofit partners to expand community wealth building. 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.

Regular meetings: 12:00-1:15pm on the 4th Tuesday of every other month

Location: Jefferson School African American Heritage Center or Zoom

Attendance policy: Regular meetings are free for Chamber members, $5 for non-members.

Upcoming Events


MBA Executive Committee

  • Quinton Harrell, Chair
  • Kaye Monroe, Vice Chair
  • Alex Urpí, Treasurer

Chamber Liaison: Andrea Copeland, Committee Engagement Director


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MBA Endurance Fund

Minority Business Alliance News

Minority Business Luncheon (formerly CBDC luncheon)

Due to ongoing concerns for the safety, health and well-being of members and the community, the Minority Business Alliance executive committee made the decision to cancel the 2020 Minority Business Luncheon. A signature MBA event, the luncheon is our opportunity to support and celebrate minority-owned businesses. We’ll miss being able to do that this year but will continue celebrating these businesses through the awarding of scholarships through our MBA Endurance Fund and other business grants providing support through the pandemic.

Will Jones Thomas Penny

2019 Event

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

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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.

2019 Diversity Luncheon

2018 Diversity Luncheon

2016 Diversity Luncheon 

2015 Diversity Luncheon