Mission Statement

The National Black Chamber of Commerce® is dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining African American communities through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activity within the United States and via interaction with the Black Diaspora.

The National Black Chamber of Commerce® was incorporated in Washington, DC in March 1993.

The NBCC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian organization dedicated to the economic empowerment of African American communities. Empowering the Black Business Community for 30 Years, the National Black Chamber of Commerce® is the largest Black business association in the world and is dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining African American communities through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activity within the United States.

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Mr. CHARLES H. DeBow, III is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The National Black Chamber of Commerce® (NBCC).
Mr. LARRY D. IVORY is a founding member of the NBCC (in 1993) and has been dedicated to its growth and effectiveness since the very beginning. “Larry shows his organizational and leadership skills on a daily basis via his management of the Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce (ISBCC)

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THE EVOLUTION OF THE NATIONAL CONVENTION OF BLACK CHAMBERS 1989 - 1993 January 1989 - Harry Alford is approached by Governor Evan Bayh’s administration to run the Minority Business Development Office for the State of Indiana. Reluctantly, he eventually agrees.

April – December 1989 - Alford reorganizes the MBD office. Begins monitoring Indiana Department of Transportation, Department of Commerce, goes on an exposure blitz and training program around the state, sells purchasing agents on an attitude adjustment. Miraculously, Minority Business Enterprise participation goes from 1% to 6%, a feat never nor since accomplished. Alford begins organizing MBE’s and starts networking with other state and national organizations. Minority businesses in Indiana work up into a frenzy.

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September 1, 2021

National Black Chamber Of Commerce (NBCC) values its users' privacy.
This Privacy Policy ("Policy") will help you understand how we collect and use personal information from those who visit our website or make use of our online facilities and services, and what we will and will not do with the information we collect. Our Policy has been designed and created to ensure those affiliated with National Black Chamber Of Commerce of our commitment and realization of our obligation not only to meet, but to exceed, most existing privacy standards.

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Strategic Plan

To increase business development and growth via procurement, capital access and international trade.

Planned Activity #1

Secure partnerships with committed corporations and ensure compliance with Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act at federal, state and local governments and also with prime contractors.

Constraints: Old existing formats for outreach at corporate level. An atmosphere of noncompliance at the government level. Downsizing and a lack of attention by upper management.

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The NBCC Story

There have been many attempts at establishing a National Black Chamber of Commerce.

The forerunner to the NBCC was the National Negro Business League which was developed by visionary Booker T. Washington and funded by Andrew Carnegie. The business league was a coalition of 40 southern towns with business associations serving the needs of segregated establishments in Black neighborhoods. Beginning in the 1950’s one failed attempt after another was made at establishing a national network of chambers dedicated to the needs and advocacy of Black owned businesses.

The National Negro Business League became dormant beginning in the 1920’s and was reestablished in 1991 as the National Business League with 16 chapters.

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Board of Directors
  • Larry D. Ivory: ILBCC President...
  • Tarnisha Cliatt: CEO and Founder, Manasota Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Ronald Gregg, Esq.: General Counsel NBCC...
  • John E. Harmon, IOM: Past Chairman NBCC...
  • J.R. Jones: Past Chairman NBCC...
  • Frederick E. Jordan, P.E.: Past Chairman NBCC...
  • Dorothy Leavell: Past Chairwoman NBCC...
  • J. Alexander Martin: President and Founder, New York State Black Chamber of Commerce...
  • Courtney Reynolds: Past Chairwoman NBCC...
  • Anthony Robinson, Esq.: Past Chairman NBCC...
  • Melinda Sylvester: President, Georgia Greater Black Chamber of Commerce...
  • Keymanna Paulis: CEO, Keymanna Management...
  • Nathaniel Rido: Past Chairman NBCC...
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20 years

20 Years with the National Black Chamber of Commerce

"Where Business Begins"

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor Freedom, yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never has and never will…. Men may not get all they pay for in this world; but they must certainly pay for all they get..


Our fierce economic and public policy advocacy has fostered new partnerships with the four new aldermen that serve our community. These new partnerships will help lead our community in driving economic development, business and housing ownership along with wealth creation. This is a new day sin the community.

- Harry C Alford
Arthur Fletcher

A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste.

Arthur Fletcher (1924–2005)
Creative People

A lot of young players don't really know much about the history of the business and a lot of them are missing out on what the business is all about, especially the whole concept of business and commerce.

Sheila C. Johnson
CO-Founder of BET (Black Entertainment Television), First African American woman billionaire.
Epsy Campbell Barr
Former Vice President of Costa Rica, Founder of the Global "Door of Reunification" Program
Shaquana “Shaq” Teasley, MSLR, CCS, DBS
Vice President of Colombia

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