The Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce (BCBCC) is dedicated to the economic empowerment of African American communities and small businesses.
The Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce is not a traditional chamber of commerce. Our mission is to work with businesses identified by the federal government in the protected class (disadvantage business enterprise) that need technical assistance and information related to procurement opportunities, employment, certifications, access to capital, business development, networking opportunities, referrals, etc. We are the facilitator between public and private entities looking to expand their participation with disadvantage business enterprise.
We are advocates for:
- Providing avenues for African American businesses to learn of resources in our community and state.
- Creating networking and referral opportunities among member businesses, existing African American-owned businesses and the greater Beaufort County business community.
- Assisting our membership with resources to secure capital and consultation for planning, controlling and forecasting cash flow needs.
- Pooling businesses to have greater access to meet insurance and bonding requirements.
- Encouraging entrepreneurship of businesses that will provide jobs within Beaufort County.
Providing networking oppurtunities for young business professionals is a key component. The Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce is trying to enhance educational, cultural, and social experiences for young professionals. The chamber of commerce advocates within the community for the creation, growth, and expansion for disenfranchised businesses helping such businesses to succeed to stimulate the general welfare of the local community.
Goals announced for 2012:
- continue to increase membership
- start the micro lending program
- strengthen the relationship with the community
- continue to pursue grant opportunities
Summary of 2011 accomplishments:
- new vice president of economic development was added to the team and he has been successful in writing several grants
- three new board members
- increased the membership
- established a financial literacy program in cooperation with Ameris Bank and CBC National Bank (Lowcountry National Bank)
- successful Business Expo