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Minority Business Alliance

2023 Vanguard Award

Congratulations to Antwon Brinson and Sabrina Feggans

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:

  • 12:00-1:30pm on the 4th Tuesday of every other month
  • Zoom

With questions regarding this group, please contact Andrea Copeland, Chief Operating Officer.

Upcoming Events

Minority Business Alliance News


MBA Executive Committee

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

With questions regarding this group, please contact Andrea Copeland, Chief Operating Officer.

Partnerships with Purpose

In an effort to successfully fulfill our mission of growing and supporting minority businesses, the Minority Business Alliance has created purposeful partnerships with the following organizations:

  • City of Charlottesville Office of Economic Development
  • City of Charlottesville Minority Business Commission
  • City of Charlottesville Minority Business Program | Mentoring Entrepreneurs in the Charlottesville Area (MECA)
  • Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
  • United Way of Greater Charlottesville
  • Blue Ridge Bank

Support MBA

If you would like to financially support the Minority Business Alliance, you can make a contribution online by credit card / Paypal using the Donate button below. On the donation page, please select "Use this donation for Chamber Minority Business Alliance." Thank you!

MBA Endurance Fund

En-dur-ance: the fact or power of enduring an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way. At a time when a pandemic and systemic injustices are plaguing our nation, we are humbly grateful for the opportunity to share this good news.

MBA members Antwon Brinson with Culinary Concepts AB, Pranav Shah with Fuzzy's Taco Shop, Sober Pierre with Pearl Island Catering and Ty Cooper with Lifeview Marketing & Visuals, LLC were selected as the first recipients of the MBA Endurance Fund. Each business received $1000 to be used toward rent, payroll, supplies and equipment. The four inaugural recipients have sought innovative means to endure what has been an unprecedented challenge for the entire business community, and even more so for minority-owned microbusinesses.

Endurance Fund in the news:

Minority Business Alliance announced Endurance Fund recipients

Minority Business Luncheon

A signature MBA event, the luncheon is our opportunity to support and celebrate minority-owned businesses. While the event is on hold during the pandemic, we 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

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.

2019 Diversity Luncheon

2018 Diversity Luncheon

2016 Diversity Luncheon 

2015 Diversity Luncheon