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Virginia Heritage Foods
Dominion Medical Associates
A W Smith Small Business Solutions
Office of
Insurance Agency
Child Shield,

West Broad
NDUTIME Youth & Family Services
Growth Worx
Stratford University
WoodForest National Bank
Creative Youth Concepts
J.B. Bryan Financial Group, Inc. a Registered Investment Advisory Firm
A+ Home
Health Care

Charter Members

  • Urban Views Weekly
  • Associated Insurance Systems Services, Inc.
  • Influential Family Services, Inc.
  • WUPV CW Richmond - Bounce TV Tracie Spencer
  • JB Bryan Financial Group, Inc.
  • Aron Stewart
  • Nedra L. Blizzard, CPA, PLLC
  • Bodies & Beyond Gym and Fitness
  • Majestic Milestone
  • Fiscal Fitness Tax & Financial Services, Inc.
  • A W Smith Small Business Solutions
  • Dominion Medical Associates
  • Appomattox Drugs
  • Old Dominion Home Health Services, Inc.
  • Davis Brothers Construction Company
  • Fashion Design Center
  • Soul Purpose
  • TKO Cleaning Services
  • United Unlimited Construction, Inc.
  • Shelia Spurlock-Shaw
  • Virginia Heritage Foods, Inc.
  • Breath of Fresh Air - CPR & Healthcare Training Center
  • S.H. Leverett Educational Consulting, LLC
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  • Quality Moving Services
  • Jireh Construction Inc.
  • Mequell Green Insurance Agency-Nationwide Insurance
  • Pryor Hauling Inc.
  • Commonwealth Construction Company of VA, Inc.
  • Jo-Lyn Services, Inc.
  • Prestige Construction Group, Inc.
  • Your Paperless Office, LLC
  • Amiralyn Properties
  • Exquisite Rentals
  • Premium Shipping
  • Ropho Sales
  • Child Shield, U.S.A.
  • Creative Youth Concepts, Inc.
  • New York Life
  • Aflac
  • Premiere Care Givers & Medical Career Educators
  • Taylor-Made Business Services, LLC
  • Daily Grace LLC
  • NBC12 - WWBT
  • Green-Lead Solutions LLC
  • Dwight Snead Construction Company
  • Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
  • Organo Gold Independent Distributor
  • Sistahood of Richmond
  • Angela McNeal, Realtor
  • An Elegant Event
  • Integrity Pest Solutions
  • A Plus Home Health Care
  • Black Cat Design
  • Essence Cosmetology & Barbering Academy
  • Parris Gainer Consulting Services
  • REMN
  • Legal Shield
  • Whispering Pine Martial Arts
  • D & S Enterprise Cleaning Service
  • Crossplatform Design
  • Junior Achievement of Central Virginia
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Worth Unlimited
  • Powhatan Fair Association
  • Four Deep Multimedia, LLC
  • Ross Termite Solutions
  • Spectrum Office Solutions
  • Youngevity 90ForLife
  • Radio One, Inc. Richmond
  • Zan's Refuse Serivces
  • Comcast Cable
  • Forrest White Printing and Graphic Design
  • Boomer3 Solutions
  • Commercial Investment Group
  • Jeremiah Enterprises
  • Balloons and Things
  • Sustainable Facility Solutions
  • Law Office of Alex Taylor
  • Urban Development Corporation
  • D & K Painting, LLC
  • Chesterfield County Economic Development
  • City of Richmond
  • Gallery of Weave & Wigs
  • James Management Group, LLC
  • Retirement & Insurance Financial Services
  • American Tap Room
  • Kirby & Associates
  • RMT Construction & Development Group

Welcome to the CVAACC!

Chamber Events

Business Smarts

The Myth of Working Hard vs. Working Smart
The problem with the working hard vs. working smart dichotomy is that all too often we frame the choice as one in which we can only choose "hard" or "smart." The question we should be asking is, why aren't we doing both?

This Super Stylish 9-Year-Old CEO Will Make You Feel Lazy
Meet Mr. Cory, founder and CEO of Mr. Cory's Cookies.

5 Essentials Sales Reps Need to Know About Your Business
If you want to lay a foundation for your reps to be successful, be sure that they understand these five essentials.

How to Launch a Company and Have a Baby at the Same Time
NOI Solutions founder Saima Chowdhury got pregnant the same month she started her company. Here are productivity tips she learned along the way.

10 Best Places For Young Entrepreneurs To Find Mentors
A mentor can help you avoid making crucial early business mistakes

Scott’s Addition Startup Rolls in Style
We look forward to seeing our members grow in wealth!

Meet 3 Young Entrepreneurs Who Put Wall Street to Shame
Chase Reed, Maya Penn and Warren Cassell Jr. have turned their visions into reality, and they are all under age 17!

Sam’s Club to Invest $2.5 Million in Female Entrepreneurs
The WE Lend Initiative seeks to bridge this financing gap and empower women entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams.

15 Terrible Excuses For Not Starting Your Own Business
Do you want to start a business? There are no excuses.

Food Truck Owner’s 5 Keys to Selling Without a Store
While fast food businesses have experienced a slowdown due to changing consumer tastes and the struggling economy, demand for unique and gourmet food trucks has surged. In fact, food trucks are one of the biggest success stories in the restaurant industry.

6 Steps to Move From College Debt to Financial Success
Here are six wealth-building strategies and principles that can be applied to building your financial foundation. 

11 Black Entrepreneurs Share Advice on How to Get Wealthy
"Learn to budget early and well. It doesn't matter how much money you make if you can't budget effectively. Just as importantly, even someone of modest means can accumulate substantial wealth if he or she prioritizes their resources correctly." - Jason Young, Co-Founder of MindBlown Labs

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Hiring Relatives
When you have a family business it's hard to avoid hiring relatives. Here are 5 mistakes to avoid.

This Teenpreneur’s Mobile Dance Studio Is Making Money, Eradicating Child Obesity
Fifteen-year-old Amiya Alexander, a 2010 Black Enterprise Teenpreneur nominee, is striving to help her community thrive and to eradicate the costly disease of childhood obesity through her mobile dance academy.

7 Tax Tips for Your Home-Based Business
Many businesses start off as small home-based small businesses. Here are 7 tips to maximize your tax benefits.

13 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Meeting Potential Advisors
What is the #1 mistake young entrepreneurs make when trying to pursue relationships with potential mentors or advisors?

Zora Ball, First Grader, Becomes Youngest Person To Develop Mobile Game App
At 7 years old, Zora Ball has become the youngest person to create a mobile video game. Go Zora!

Bank of America Extended Nearly $11 Billion to Small Businesses in 2013
Bank of America announced plans to expand its small business presence by hiring more than 200 new small business bankers in key markets throughout the nation in 2014.

Diving Into the Mobile Web - How Brands Can Optimize in 2014
For any business, no matter the size, it is vital to have a streamlined and fully functional mobile solution ready for consumers.

Becoming Obama's Favorite Lunch Spot 
Obama's favorite lunch spot Taylor Gourmet was financed with an SBA-backed loan.

Social Media for Social Good: Going Beyond Facebook and Twitter
Are you the founder of a non-profit organization? Many organizations use social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to raise awareness, mobilize volunteers and source donations. But there are newer social media platforms that can leverage social media for social good such as Instagram, Pinterest and Vine.

iUrban Teen Tech Founder Deena Pierott Introduces Teens to STEM Disciplines
Deena Pierott is the founder of iUrban Teen Tech, a program that exposes underserved teens to career opportunities within science and technology. She was also honored as a White House Champion of Change and recognized as one of Ebony Magazine’s 2013 Top 100.

President Obama has nominated community banking executive Maria Contreras-Sweet to lead the Small Business Administration
Contreras-Sweet, the founder and chairman of a community bank in Los Angeles, fills the final seat on the president’s second-term cabinet. She previously served as California’s secretary of the state’s Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, and she was the state’s first Latina to serve as a cabinet secretary.

2014 Black Enterprise Woman of Power: Sheila Johnson is Making History in Sports
Sheila Johnson is the only African American woman to have ownership in three professional sports teams, including the NBA’s Washington Wizards and the NHL’s Washington Capitals. She is also founding partner of Black Entertainment Television. 

10 Cybersecurity Tips for Small Business
Cybersecurity attacks can happen at any time so it is best to implement strategies to protect your business and your confidential data from potential threats.
WWBT 2013 10 Chamber Launch Ceremony
In case you missed it, check out the clip from last week's official launch and ribbon cutting ceremony with guest speaker Dr. Randal Pinkett!
African American Chamber of Commerce Helping to support Black-Owned Businesses
Check out the WTVR-6 interview with the Central VA African American Chamber of Commerce's Chairman and Founder, Mr. Ervin Clarke! 
Tips on Talking to and Tapping Potential Investors
nvesting in any business takes risk and it can be difficult pitching your idea to potential investors. One of the tips is starting out with friends and family that can afford to invest. 
Higher Growth Rates for Small Businesses That Use PEOs
Hiring a Professional Employer Organization can free up your time so that you can focus on other areas of your business.
Tips to Leverage Business Relationships and Convert Them Into Paying Clients
The opportunity to build relationships with clients can happen at any time. Simple things such as communicating on a regular basis or ending your emails with "I will call you to follow up" make a huge difference.
Natural Hair is Big Business For Black Entrepreneurs
Most hair products for black consumers are no longer produced by black-owned companies, but now we are seeing more black entrepreneurs producing and selling natural hair care products for black women. 
Four Executives on Succeeding in Business as a Woman
Four women executives provide insights on the leadership challenges women face in the workplace.
Why a Snack Bar Maker Turned Down a Deal With Starbucks
Creating a private label for a large company can compromise the quality of your product. Some entrepreneurs would prefer to build their own brand instead of selling to a larger company.
6 Ways to Attract Customers via Social Media
Here are 6 way to effectively utilize social media to connect with your customers and build your business.
Burgers, Fries and PayPal: Internet payment system rolling out at restaurants
Soon customers will be able to pay their bill via PayPal using a handheld payment device. Would you consider using it in your restaurant?
It's Fall. Time for Retailers to Plan for the Holidays
Small business owners it's time to gear up for the holiday season! It will be here before you know it. Make sure you have enough inventory during peak sales time and a contingency plan if you run out. 
Capitalizing on a Family Recipe and Reputation
Do you have an amazing family recipe? There are several ways to capitalize on reproducing a family recipe.
Daymond John: Secrets From a Master Brand Builder
 Inc.'s Scott Gerber goes one-on-one with FUBU creator Daymond John on building an effective pitch, a killer brand and a profitable business.
What I Wish I'd Known as a Struggling CEO
Was it easy? Of course not. But nine months after leaving my start-up behind, I know what I would have done differently.
Moziah Bridges, 11-Year-Old Entrepreneur, Bringing Back The Bow Tie With 'Mo's Bows': Forbes
Via Huffington Post
This dapper 11-year-old fashion entrepreneur is showing the world that you can start your business at any age. 
African-American’s Buying Power Projected to be $1.1 Trillion By 2015
The spending power of African Americans has been underrepresented drastically; marketing to African Americans is advantage to any business.
From 1963 to 2013: Is black America better off 50 years after ‘I Have a Dream’
Via The Grio
It has been 50 years since the historic March on Washington; African-Americans have made strides in income but there is still a huge wealth gap.
15 Business Etiquette Rules Every Professional Needs To Know
If you are planning a business meeting over lunch soon, keep these rules of etiquette handy.

The African American Population is by far the largest non – white race/ethnicity in Central Virginia.

Central Virginia ranks #18 for U.S. Metropolitan Areas with large African American populations.  
Total population     1,258,000
White            780,000    62%
Black             375,000    30%
Asian                39,000      3%
Hispanic         63,000       5%
U.S. Census Bureau 

Event Calendar

New central Virginia chamber will serve the region’s growing African American businesses

By: In Your Shoes Media
Five years ago, Northern Virginia started one and now central Virginia has one as well.

A group of black business leaders led by Ervin Clarke, owner of Urban Views Weekly, has launched the Central Virginia African American Chamber of Commerce.  The new chamber is an association of businesses, individuals and organizations who believe that recycling dollars within the black community is an integral part of building a more financially-sound community.