About Us

About Us

CBCC History

Colorado has a long, rich history of African American owned businesses. This history is best exhibited by Denver’s Five Points community. Five Points became a central point for Black Americans moving to Denver in the 1920s. Black doctors, lawyers, dentists and entrepreneurs, established businesses in the community and Five Point became one of the first support networks for Black business owners. As Denver and the state of Colorado grew after World War II, African Americans and African American owned businesses became less concentrated in the neighborhood. Following the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, business leaders in the community saw a need to establish a formal advocacy organization. 

The Colorado Black Chamber (CBCC) was established in 1985 with a staff of one and a handful of Black business members. Now the organization boasts corporate partners and business members along Colorado’s Front Range. 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-added 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 is to serve the needs of African American owned businesses and provide economic opportunity and support to them as well as the communities they serve. We strive to leave our footprint in the sand of Colorado’s business landscape and 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 African American business owners and foster 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 strive to provide access to education and training that keeps African American business owners in step with the ever changing requirements of Colorado’s economic playing field.

Our purpose is to strengthen our role as a vital hub for connecting African American business owners and entrepreneurs with the resources needed to assist them in growing their enterprise and creating new economic opportunities and job growth in Denver and the surrounding communities.

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, quarterly workshops and seminars as well as co-branded events with local businesses, other chambers and partner organizations. The CBCC plans to launch an Entrepreneurship Development Program to provide individual participants with knowledge necessary to start a successful business enterprise or grow an existing small business to a larger enterprise.

CBCC Community Series

The CBCC Community Series features co-branded 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 induction into the library’s Hall of Fame. The Chamber’s main event in this series is the CBCC Annual Ascension Awards Dinner.
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