Black Business Month
August is National Black Business Month, and it's an opportunity to recognize the Black-owned businesses across the nation. In 2020, National Black Business Month was particularly important given the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black communities. Economists have indicated prior to the COVID-19 crisis, minority entrepreneurs, who own 37% of all businesses, faced greater challenges in starting, running and growing their entities. It was predicted that 40% of black businesses would not be able to survive the pandemic. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Blacks or African Americans owned approximately 124,551 businesses, with about 28.5%(35,547) of these businesses in the Health Care and Social Assistance sector, the highest percentage of any minority group. Other categories include advertising firms, auto dealerships, consulting services, restaurants, barbershops, beauty salons.
1 Step Forward- NVBCC Run/Walk Challenge
Join the NVBCC for our First Virtual Walk/Run Challenge! If you’ve got your health, you’ve got everything. And that goes for the health of our Northern Virginia Black Business Community, too! Join us in this fun fitness challenge - to get healthy, support our friends, families and colleagues, and invest in our Northern Virginia business economy to create a better, healthier economic future. Walk - Run - or Even Roll (got a wheelchair? Join in!)On Your Own, or With A Team!
Stop #4 Happy Hour Community Listening Tour- Alexandria VA
Enjoy Happy Hour! Join us to network and connect with Business Leaders in the community. Meet NVBCC Board Members and a few of our Community Partners! Share with us your needs and want in the community for your business and/or career.
Stop #5 Happy Hour Community Listening Tour- Arlington VA
Do you work , live & play in Arlington VA? We want to meet you! Join NVBCC Community Partners and Chamber Leadership for Happy Hour. Invite your colleagues. You do not need to have a business to attend this gathering. Share with us your needs and wants for your business and career success. We look forward to see you at Tupelo Honey!
Stop #6 Community Listening Tour Loudoun County
Join the NVBCC to connect with colleagues in Loudoun County. We are grateful for business owners and community partners meeting us throughout this tour. We hope you will join us at Matchbox in One Loudoun for an evening of professional networking and listening to what you need for your business to thrive in the area. We look forward to spending quality time with you.
Stop #3- Happy Hour- Community Listening Tour-Prince William County
Meet us for Happy Hour! Members of the NVBCC leadership team and community partners want to connect with you. The NVBCC is on a mission to connect with businesses and organizations in Northern Virginia. If you work, live and play in PWC...Join Us! Date: July 15,2021 Location: Electric Palm 12745 Sea Ray Lane Woodbridge VA 22192 Time: 6:00pm - 7:30
Press Release- America's Top States for Business
Governor Ralph Northam announced that CNBC, a world leader in business news, has named Virginia as America’s “Top State for Business” in 2021. Barry DuVal, President and CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement regarding Virginia’s consecutive recognition as the Top State for Business by CNBC. https://vachamber.com/2021/07/13/press-release-virginia-chamber-statement-on-virginias-recognition-as-top-state-for-business-by-cnbc/ full ranking, released today, is available at https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/13/americas-top-states-for-business.html. Sheila Dixon, Executive Director of NVBCC shares with the Governor's Office, “We are thrilled to see that CNBC has acknowledged the critical importance of diversity to the strength and vibrancy of an economy, and that Virginia has ranked highly in this area. Our progress is encouraging but we still have a long way to go. We hope this exciting win will serve as a rallying cry for businesses to continue the important work of promoting inclusivity across the Commonwealth.”
Stop #2-Happy Hour-Community Listening Tour-Fairfax County
Meet us for Happy Hour! Members of the NVBCC leadership team and community partners want to connect with you. The NVBCC is on a mission to connect with businesses and organizations in Northern Virginia. If you work, live and play in Fairfax County...Join Us! Date: June 17,2021 Location: Maker's Union Pub for the People. 1811 Library Street Reston VA 20190 Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Masks Up...Tees Up
Join the chamber for our first in person event! Meet your online colleagues , reconnect with Chamber members and tee up the conversations. We have you covered rain or shine. Date: Thursday, June 10,2021. Time: 6pm-9pm. Spots are filling up!
Time to Scale UP-Federal Certifications for your business
The SBA provides several certification programs to help small businesses win federal contracts. Whether you are a disadvantaged business, women-owned business, service-disabled veteran-owned business or located in a HUBzone, join us to learn which program is best for your small business.
Community Listening Tour
Join the Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce as we embark on a Regional Listening Tour. We want to hear about the state of your business and community. Community business partners from around the region will join us and you will have the opportunity to network. Our first stop will be virtual! May 25 at 3pm- We will discuss the American Rescue Plan , Small Business Funding, SBA programs and more. Bring your questions to the call. Speaker Marlon Dubisson, District Director Office of Congressman Gerald E. Connolly, VA11
Time To Scale up-eVA
eVA is Virginia’s online, electronic procurement system. This session will provide an overview of the Virginia’s procurement process, purchasing policies, and the eVA tools that are available to assist you in navigating the procurement process. Everything for procurement in Virginia is all in eVA so join us to learn about the eVA system. Speaker: Kim Brewer, Virginia Department of General Services
Time to Scale UP- Financing Options
The Virginia Small Business Financing Authority (VSBFA) is the financing arm of the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity. VSBFA offers direct loan programs, credit enhancing programs, and bond and grant programs to small businesses. Join us to learn financing options from VSBFA for your small business. Speaker: Karen White, Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity
Member Spotlight: Jane Reynolds
THE HONORABLE JANE M. REYNOLDS. She is the FIRST African American Female JUDGE for the 15th Judicial District, covering Caroline County, Essex, Fredericksburg, Hanover County, King George, Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond County, Spotsylvania , Stafford County, and Westmoreland, Virginia. Please, take some time and help congratulate Jane Reynolds on this tremendous accomplishment. Intern, Jarrett Alexander, interviewed Jane.
Level UP- Marketing Summit
We are excited to share this 3-Day luncheon experience. Learn from fellow NVBCC members and Guest Speakers as they help your team to Level-UP marketing skill sets and techniques to reach your ideal clients.
Member Spotlight: Freddie Jackson
Mortgages are his business, his expertise, and his success is wholly dependent on your satisfaction, which is why Freddie is fully committed to providing you sound advice and great service. At Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp. you'll find a knowledgeable and experienced staff, a wide variety of loan options, and quick, efficient processing. We are grateful for his Corporate support of the NVBCC
Year of Strength
Join members of the NVBCC for an evening of music and celebration! What are we celebrating? The ending of one year of working through the pandemic...One year of building Chamber relationships is on the rise. We'll send out a membership gift and have DJ Drex to keep the momentum going! If you have been wanting to connect with the NVBCC, this will be a perfect opportunity to meet members and board members. We'll have some gifts and prizes too! Register before March 24,2021 to receive your gift. Date: Tuesday, March 30,2021 Time: 6pm -7:30pm
Kidpreneur Spring Break Camp
NVBCC and National Association for Kidpreneurs partner on a 3 day Spring Break Camp! Sign up for a virtual three day workshop series for youth ages 8-17! Learn how to turn their passion into an entrepreneurial business idea. Students are instructed on how to create a business plan and a professional pitch. Participants will hear from current Kidpreneurs, learn what makes a great product and/or service idea, and create a simple business plan. Topics:Identifying Business IdeasMarketingBudgetingPublic SpeakingBrandingTime Management
Member Spotlight: Networking Engineering Technologies
Thank you Networking Engineering Technologies for sponsoring the Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce. We are grateful for the support of our new member, Ronal Butler.
New Year, New Brand!
Something different about us? Come see our new brand and learn more about the new and exciting opportunities the Chamber has in store!