Minority Business Alliance
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.
Meeting time: 12:00-1:00pm on the 4th Tuesday of every other month
Location: online via Zoom
Attendance policy: MBA meetings are free to attend for Chamber members and non-members. Registration is required.
Click here to see the Minority Business Alliance member directory.
Sign up here to receive meeting notices for this group.
Click here to see upcoming events.
Visit the Minority Business Alliance on Facebook.
January 26: The Business Value of Giving Back with Scott Hamler, Cristine Nardi, Ravi Respeto
March 23: Entrepreneur Check-In
May 25: Preparation for Your Business Elevation with Rebecca Haydock, Central Virginia Small Business Development Center
September is Charlottesville's Minority Business Month!
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.
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
Vanguard Award: Hollie Lee, Chief of Workforce Development Strategies, Charlottesville Office of Economic Development
Keynote: Dr. Carla Williams, Director, UVA Athletics
Vanguard Award: Eugene & Lorraine Williams
Keynote: Michel Zajur, President & CEO of the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce