The Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization committed to the growth and development of our member partners and those businesses that wish to partner with them.  Our goal is to facilitate the economic empowerment of black-owned businesses in Northern Virginia and the success and development of the region.

Through our initiatives, the Chamber provides leadership, strategic information and technical assistance.  We serve Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax County, Loudoun County and Prince William County, as well as the other municipalities within the region.

The Chamber is dedicated to maximizing the return on your investment by promoting opportunities to build your networks, to obtain practical entrepreneurial education, and to gain the tools necessary to develop and advance your business.

Our Leaders

 

Corey Holeman has 20 years of business management, entrepreneurial and executive experience in a variety of fields.  His business pursuits include the areas of Financial Management, Restaurant Services, Management Consulting, and Event Planning.   Corey’s early career in the investment industry culminated with him serving as the Portfolio Manager of 5 funds at The Vanguard Group, totaling over $5 billion in assets.  Corey’s financial expertise led him to a position of CFO for a management company which owned and operated 25 restaurants.  Corey & his wife Courtney later branched out on their own and grew from 1 to 6 restaurants over 5 year period.  In 2008, Corey helped lead the turnaround of National Conferencing, a federal contracting firm which was ranked #2 on the Inc 500’s list of the fastest growing companies in 2013.  As a small angel investor, Corey continues to feed his entrepreneurial passion by consulting and investing in business across several fields, including health care, technology, and food distribution companies.   Corey is committed to the growth of small minority owned businesses through operational excellence and financial prudence.

Mr. Holeman received his Bachelors Degree in Finance from James Madison University, and holds an MBA from Penn State University.   Corey has received numerous awards and recognitions for leadership positions and performance excellence throughout his career.  He is a proud member of First Mount Zion Baptist Church.  Mr. Holeman remains very active in other community and professional leadership roles including the following:

·      Board Member, VA Small Business Finance Authority

·      Vice President, Bethesda Field Office Black McDonalds Operators Association

·      Board Member and Investment Committee Chair for the Ira Dorsey Scholarship Endowment Fund (501c3 for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity)

Corey participates in athletic pursuits including triathlons, marathons, and other active sports.   He is at his best when spending time with his wife and fellow business partner Courtney, and his kids Jordan & Jalen.

Edward Williams is an independent financial advisor and founder of DEW Financial Management Group, Inc.

Edward holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from North Carolina A & T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. Edward holds the Series 7, 9, 10, 31, 63 & 65 licenses and registrations through LPL Financial, Insurance Life & Annuity licenses. Edward has over a decade of experience in the financial services industry with Salomon Smith Barney, Citigroup, and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Before coming to the financial services industry Edward had a successful career as a software engineer and a Jackson Hewitt Tax Service franchisee.

Edward is a member of the National Association of Securities Professional (NASP), the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI), and the Financial Services Institute (FSI). He is the current immediate past Chairman of the South Carolina State University Foundation Board, a director of the Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce, and affiliated with Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce and is past President of the Association of African American Advisors (Quad-A). 

He enjoys reading mystery and suspense books and movies, and being active with community organizations. He also enjoys golf, tennis and other team sports. He and his wife Deborah enjoy their grandchildren and they currently reside in Fairfax, Virginia.

Other Board Members

  • Jason Ellis, Board Member

  • Nickita Harrison, Board Member

  • Michelle Jefferson, Board Member

  • George Morton, Board Member

  • Marquett Smith, Board Member