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Minority Business Alliance

The Chamber Business Diversity Council is now the Minority Business Alliance (MBA).

The purpose of the Minority Business Alliance 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.

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

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Visit the Minority Business Alliance on Facebook.

MBA Chairman Quinton Harrell leads a meeting
2020 Meetings & Events

Given that the Commonwealth of Virginia is now in a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 virus, the Chamber is regretfully suspending non-critical meetings for the time being and following the CDC's guidelines. The health and safety of our business community is of the utmost importance to us, and we hope your team remains safe during this challenge.

Click here to register for upcoming events.

  • January 28
  • February 25
  • March 24 - Canceled
  • April 28
  • June 23
  • July 28
  • August 25
  • September 15: Minority Business Luncheon
  • October 27
  • November 17
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.

2019 Diversity Luncheon

2018 Diversity Luncheon

2016 Diversity Luncheon 

2015 Diversity Luncheon