Business Diversity Council

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Thank you for your support of the Chamber Business Diversity Council in 2017. Stay tuned for 2018 meeting and events.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 

The purpose of the Chamber Business Diversity Council is to grow and support minority businesses by facilitating the startup of new businesses and the successful running of existing businesses.

Council Meeting Time: 12:30PM – 2:00PM, every 4th Thursday of each month

Location: Jefferson School African American Heritage Center




Congratulations to Eugene & Lorraine Williams on being selected the recipients of the 2017 John F. Bell Sr. Vanguard Award. They were presented with the award on Tuesday, September 19 at the CBDC Business Diversity Luncheon.

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CBDC thanks the following businesses for their support of the 2017 Chamber Business Diversity Luncheon.

Lead Underwriter

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Gold Sponsor




Silver Sponsor





Table Sponsors: Carter Myers Automotive; Community Investment Collaborative; J. F. Bell Funeral Home; Miller Law Group, PLC; UVA Procurement & Supplier Diversity



*Dates to be announced.

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2016 Chamber Business Diversity Luncheon

The 2016 Chamber Business Diversity Luncheon was a tremendous CBDC Luncheon 2016-1success! More than 160 people filled the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center to support the Council’s second luncheon celebrating business diversity. This year’s luncheon was the Chamber’s most diverse event hosted by the Chamber, and the area’s largest diverse business event.

Bill Cooper, Director, Diversity Strategies with Atlantic Constructors, gave the keynote address with a focus on diversity and inclusion. He encouraged attendees to “lean into discomfort” by joining others who are different from us rather than judging them. This helps all people to be successful. CBDC Luncheon 2016-2

Forward Adelante Business Alliance was selected the recipient of the 2016 John F. Bell Sr. Vanguard Award. Alex Urpi, FABA VP, accepted the award of behalf of Olga Morse, FABA’s founder, and the FABA leadership team.

Many thanks to David Dillehunt and CPA-TV for recording the event to air on Comcast Channel 13. You can see the luncheon video here.


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Photos from the 2016 Chamber Business Diversity Mixer at Graduate Hotel-Charlottesville

2017 CBDC Officers:

Chamber Liaison: Andrea Copeland-Whitsett, Director of Member Education Services

Interested minority business enterprises** and nonprofit organizations may contact Andrea Copeland-Whitsett for more information

*Minority Business Enterprise

A Minority Business Enterprise is a business that is at least 51% owned by one or more minority individuals** who are United States citizens or legal resident aliens, or in the case of a corporation, partnership, or limited liability company or other entity, at least 51% of the equity ownership interest in the corporation, partnership or limited liability company or other entity is owned by one or more minority individuals.

-Department of Minority Business Enterprise
Code of the Commonwealth of Virginia — 2007
** African American, Asian American,
Hispanic American, Native American

The Chamber Business Diversity Council thanks its members, supporters and friends for helping to make our events a success. To see photos from our events, please visit the Chamber Photo Gallery.

Our Mission

The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to representing private enterprise, promoting business, and enhancing the quality of life in our Greater Charlottesville communities.