Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce Positions Black-owned Businesses for Economic Success

Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce Positions Black-owned Businesses for Economic Success

Networking, Government Contracting Opportunities, and Partnerships Give NVBCC Members Valuable Tools 

On October 31, the Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce (NVBCC) will host a combination golf tournament and business conference titled “Business on the Green” at the Chantilly National Golf Club. There is value for all in this investment of time and networking with your peers and Chamber partners. The educational series will feature a roundtable from the Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation and addresses by other Northern Virginia partners. Workshops will discuss access to capital, investment opportunities, and government contractor partnerships. Those golfing with us can win a grand prize package of a golf trip of a lifetime! It includes airfare for two to San Francisco, a two-night stay at The Lodge at Pebble Beach, and 3 rounds of golf for two. Teams making a qualifying donation will have the opportunity to hole out professional long driver Scott Kalamar’s 400-yard drive on our Par 5 hole. Any individual that holes out wins the prize! Register here to attend this game-changing event.

As a member of the Multi-Cultural Alliance, the Chamber will host a candidates forum on Thursday, October 6, at 10:00 a.m. featuring candidates for the U.S. Congress representing Northern Virginia. The NVBCC partners in the alliance with the Asian-American Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to create a platform for substantive conversation on the issues that matter to Northern Virginians. The candidates featured at the forum will be Karina Lipsman and Don Beyer, Virginia’s 8th District; Hung Cao, 10th District; and Jim Myles and Gerry Connolly, 11th District. Event information and registration can be accessed on the NVBCC website

The newly-formed NVBCC Ambassador program will hold upcoming meetings on October 10 and November 14. The Ambassador program connects Black-owned businesses in Northern Virginia, and Chamber members can still join the Ambassador committee at its regular meetings, Chamber events and networking socials, and Chamber recruitment efforts. The current leaders of the program are Neil McKinnon of State Farm Agency, Dr. Jessica Howard of Howard Chiropractics, and Edward Williams of DEW Financial Management Group. The ambassadors and leadership team invite your participation and support.

The NVBCC Government Contracting Committee is convening the next Empowering your GovCon Footprint workshop on Friday, October 7, at 11:30 a.m. Carlen Capenos, the Director of the Office of Small Business Programs for the Defense Information Systems Agency, will be the keynote speaker. Ms. Capenos ensures small businesses are provided with maximum opportunities to participate in government contracts and subcontracts. In fiscal year 2021, DISA awarded more than $1.6 billion in prime contracts to small businesses. These committee workshops occur monthly to provide support, education, assistance, and opportunities for NVBCC members to enter the world of government contracting. Further event information is available here