Chamber Sees Growth, Innovation, and Community Building

Chamber Sees Growth, Innovation, and Community Building

The Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce (NVBCC) started 2022 on strong footing with several events and initiatives to strengthen its network and encourage the sustainability and growth of Black-owned businesses in Northern Virginia. 

First, on May 17, the NVBCC held an economic forum in Falls Church, supported and attended by community partners and organization members.  A panel comprised of the Economic Directors from all Northern Virginia counties gave an overview of upcoming economic opportunities planned for the region.  George Mason University Director of Supplier Diversity, Jason Hawkins, also introduced another exciting procurement project, all of which provided prospects for business growth for NVBCC members. The panelists also discussed the state of the regional economy during the COVID-19 pandemic and encouraged a dialogue of innovative ideas on expanding the business ecosystem and moving it forward. Extensive photos can be found on our FB Page.

Second, weekly during the month of May the chamber held its second year of supporting businesses alongside the VA Department of Small Business and Diversity Supplier. Business owners were made aware of SWaM Certification, Financing Options VSBFA, VA's Procurement System, NEW VA Scaling4Growth programs. It was good to hear from members who have successfully completed and attained success in their development and growth, utilizing the education and training resources provided through the NVBCC.

Next, on Monday, August 29, NVBCC will host a community golf tournament titled BTRNow (Build Thriving Returns Now).  It will take place at the Chantilly National Golf Club in Centreville.  The event will foster community connections and networking, build capital for NVBCC programming, and develop scholarship opportunities for the next generation of Black-owned business leaders and workforce.  Further information and ticket purchasing is available at:

Finally, in celebration of Small Business Appreciation Month in May, the Chamber highlighted a few member organizations making an impact in their communities.  NVBCC appreciates Loudoun Counseling & Coaching, LLC; Jirani Coffee House; and McKinnon State Farm Agency creating new economic opportunities through their organizations. 

These events and initiatives promote the success and upward trajectory of Black-owned businesses in Northern Virginia.  Our chamber has experienced continued flourishing as our community comes together for mentorship, growth opportunities, and promoting professional development of its members and member businesses.  Standing together makes us stand stronger.