NOMINATIONS ACCEPTED JULY 9 THROUGH AUGUST 16
About the Award
The Chamber Business Diversity Council (CBDC) established the John F. Bell Sr. Vanguard Award in 2015 to recognize an outstanding business person or individual who promotes diversity within the business community in our Greater Charlottesville area.
The CBDC Vanguard Award is named in honor of John F. Bell Sr., a strong, determined and respected business leader and citizen who established successful businesses during a time when society wasn’t so welcoming to people of his cultural background.
Why Business Diversity?
It’s the right thing to do. A strong diverse business community is a strong community. Minority groups represent a large and growing population in markets across the United States. They’re also becoming the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs. This presents tremendous opportunities for businesses to gain a diverse work population as well as attract new business clients where buying power and investment needs will rapidly increase. That said, it’s a win-win all around.
Criteria for the John F. Bell Sr. Vanguard Award include an individual who:
- displays high business and personal integrity
- is located within the Greater Charlottesville area
- makes significant contributions in the area of business diversity
- understands the importance of community service and is civically engaged
- mentors others to develop business leaders who will contribute to diversity in business
Recipients of the John F. Bell Sr. Vanguard Award:
2018 – Hollie Lee
2017 – Eugene and Lorraine Williams
2016 – Forward Adelante Business Alliance
2015 – Kaye Monroe
The purpose of the Chamber Business Diversity Council is to grow and support minority business enterprises by facilitating the startup of new businesses and the successful running of existing businesses. A Minority Business Enterprise is a business that is at least 51% owned by one or more minority individuals (African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, Native American) who are United States citizens or legal resident aliens.