Business Diversity Council

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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: 12:00PM – 1:30PM, every 4th Tuesday of each month. NOTE: THIS IS A TIME/DAY CHANGE EFFECTIVE JULY 2018. 

Location: Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, the 2nd floor of the Jefferson School City Center. 

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2018 CBDC Ad for 100 Black Men Gala (04.12.18)


2018 Meetings & Events:

May 24: The New Tax Law and How It Affects You. Presenters CBDC members Libby Allbaugh, Devy Goradia and Treat Jackson

July 24

August 7: Summer Social, 530-730pm at Allison Partners.

August 28 -Speaker, Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney

September 18: Chamber Business Diversity Luncheon. Keynote Speaker UVA Athletic Director Carla Williams.

September 25

October 23

November 27

December: Holiday Social


The CBDC thanks the following businesses for their generous support of the 2018 Chamber Business Diversity Luncheon.

Lead Underwriter

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Gold Sponsors



2018 Chamber Business Diversity Luncheon

Dr. Carla Williams, UVA Athletic Director, gave a keynote address on integrity, diversity and leadership. Hollie Lee, chief of workforce development strategies for Charlottesville’s economic development office, received the 2018 John F. Bell Sr. Vanguard Award.

Charlottesville Leaders at 2018 CBDC Luncheon
Pamela Sutton-Wallace, UVA Medical Center CEO; Dr. RaShall Brackney, Chief of the Charlottesville Police Department; Dr. Carla Williams, Hollie Lee, and Kathy Galvin, Charlottesville City Councilwoman

2017 Chamber Business Diversity Luncheon

Michel Zajur, President/CEO of the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, gave the keynote address with a focus on diversity and inclusion. Eugene and Lorraine Williams were selected the 2017 recipients for the John F. Bell Sr. Vanguard Award.

2017 John F. Bell Sr. Vanguard Award Recipients

Many thanks to David Dillehunt and CPA-TV for recording our luncheons to air on Comcast Channel 13.

2016 Diversity Luncheon 

2015 Diversity Luncheon

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

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

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.