The Colorado Black Chamber (CBCC) began in 1985 with just a staff of one and a handful of Black business members. Now, the organization boasts more than 50 corporate members and nearly 1,000 business members. The Chamber remains a solid voice for the Black business community while continuously refocusing its efforts to meet the ever changing needs of its members.
The CBCC provides extraordinary customer service, reasonable member rates and value-add resources. It works with other area chambers to give members a broad range of opportunity for networking and visibility. It’s more than a business as usual membership organization. It’s the best friend and partner of its members, working exclusively on their behalf and providing the assistance and support they need.
CBCC Vision, Mission and Purpose
The vision of the CBCC has been to serve the needs of Black-owned businesses, providing economic opportunity and support to them as well the communities they serve. We want to leave our footprint in the sand of Colorado’s business landscape. We strive to forge a path that leads to a steady flow of resources beneficial to our business members through relationships, partnerships and mentorships.
Our mission is to support the initiatives of Black business owners and create an enterprise that focuses on success and viability. We endeavor to create awareness and visibility of our efforts at local, state and federal levels through lobbying and advocacy. We want to provide education and training that keeps Black business owners in step with the ever-changing requirements of Colorado’s economic playing field.
Our purpose is to assist our business members in opening doors and building relationships with Colorado’s major corporate entities. We work hard to create a direct link to these companies, making sure we have the information needed for our members to do business with these corporate entities in a win-win partnership.
CBCC Programs, Events and Opportunities
The CBCC has programs, events and opportunities that connect big businesses to small businesses; honor leadership; provide social networking; offer information, training and education tailored to today’s marketplace; fundraise on behalf of community, civic and youth efforts and celebrate our unity.
CBCC Business Series
The CBCC Business Series features business after-hours events, the CBCC Day at the Capitol, Economic Forecast breakfast, workshops, seminars as well as co-brand events with local businesses and the MBRES. The CBCC has plans to launch a Black Business Initiative Program to serve as an accelerator for its members. Key components include national networking, corporate mentoring and academic training.
CBCC Community Series
The CBCC Community Series features co-brand events with the MLK Jr. Social Responsibility Luncheon and Blair Caldwell African American Research Library. During Women’s History Month in March local women leaders are honored with an induction into the Blair Caldwell African American Research Library. The series also host a youth scholarship fundraiser at the Pepsi Center Pavilions and a holiday reception featuring the Nonprofit of the Year Award. The Chamber’s main event in this series is the CBCC Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony.