What does Charlotte Mecklenburg BLACK CHAMBER of Commerce do?

Charlotte Mecklenburg BLACK CHAMBER of Commerce is a not for profit organization dedicated to serving black business owners and professionals in Charlotte and its surrounding areas. Founded in 2004, CMBCC offers education, resources and networking opportunities to our members — in an effort to increase the economic vitality of the business community as a whole.

How long has CMBCC been around?

Charlotte Mecklenburg BLACK CHAMBER of Commerce was founded in 2004.

How many members does CMBCC represent?

Not limited to black owned businesses, the organization serves as an advocate for hundreds of Charlotte area businesses – ranging in size from small and mid-market companies to Fortune 1000 corporations, government agencies and educational institutions. Our mailing list touches nearly 6,000 companies and organizations who believe in and support CMBCC, our mission and strategic goals.

Is CMBCC affiliated with Charlotte Chamber?

Charlotte Mecklenburg BLACK CHAMBER of Commerce is not an affiliate of Charlotte Chamber. However, we enjoy a rich working partnership. Together, CMBCC and Charlotte Chamber are wholly committed to delivering innovative programs and services to our local business community.

Does CMBCC endorse candidates or have a political stance?

Charlotte Mecklenburg BLACK CHAMBER of Commerce is a non-partisan organization. We do not endorse political candidates or participate in campaign activities. CMBCC offers education and resources to help our member companies make informed decisions and get engaged in important issues, which impact Charlotte’s Black Business community.

How can I partner with CMBCC to market my event, product or service?

The first step is to join! As a CMBCC member, you get access to a variety of opportunities to gain visibility for your brand. There’s no better place to get engaged with Charlotte’s Black Business community. If you are already a member, please Contact Us for more details.

Can I get a list of Black Owned Businesses?

We publish and regularly update a list of CMBCC member companies in our Member Directory. You may also learn more by browsing articles in Charlotte Black Business EDGE, CMBCC’s monthly eNewsletter.

Do you offer a print edition of the CMBCC Member Directory?

Select CMBCC member companies (those at or above our Growing Business benefit level) may receive an electronic version of the CMBCC Member Directory for printing. If you are already a member, please Contact Us to request a copy.

Why should I join CMBCC?

Studies show, consumers are 63% more likely to buy and do business with those associated with a chamber. Your Charlotte-Mecklenburg BLACK CHAMBER of Commerce membership represents a commitment to business development and community support. As a CMBCC member, you will get instant visibility in our Member Directory, along with access to opportunities to connect and grow!

Visit our Member Benefits page to learn more and join today.

Are CMBCC membership dues tax deductible?

Charlotte Mecklenburg BLACK CHAMBER of Commerce is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions that fall under section 501(c)(3) may be deductible as charitable contribution. Please consult with a trusted tax advisor to determine if your CMBCC annual dues may be deducted as a business expense.

I am not Black. Or, I live, work or own a business located outside of Charlotte. May I still join?

Charlotte Mecklenburg BLACK CHAMBER of Commerce welcomes all business owners, leaders and professionals, companies and organizations who believe in and support our mission and strategic goals – without regard to race, ethnic background or geographic location.

Visit our Member Benefits page to learn more and join today.

If I join as a Business Professional, may I upgrade my CMBCC membership later?

Yes. CMBCC members may upgrade to a higher benefit level at any time, by paying the prorated difference between your current and the new rate. However, your CMBCC membership may only be downgraded at renewal.

Wow! I heard CMBCC Members get a discount on Charlotte Chamber Membership. How do I take advantage of it?

Select CMBCC Member Companies receive $250 off a Charlotte Chamber General Membership. That’s two memberships for the price of one! Contact Audrey Rowe at Charlotte Chamber to apply, 704.378.1356.

If I am a Charlotte Chamber member, may I receive a discounted CMBCC membership?

Charlotte Chamber Members are welcome to join CMBCC at our regular member rates. For best savings, you might first join CMBCC, then leverage your CMBCC membership to receive $250 off a Charlotte Chamber General Membership.

Visit our Member Benefits page to learn more and join today.

Does CMBCC host General Member Meetings?

Yes. All CMBCC members, community & corporate partners are encouraged to attend our General Membership Meetings, held monthly (February – October). Advance registration is preferred. Please check our Events Calendar for specific meeting dates and times, or to register online.

What does the CMBCC Board do?

Our Board of Directors (BOD) is a working board, which provides strategic leadership and fiduciary oversight for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg BLACK CHAMBER of Commerce. Board Members care deeply about upholding our mission and values, and work to ensure progress toward specific goals.

Are CMBCC Board Meetings open to the public?

Like many not-for-profit organizations, Executive Sessions held by CMBCC’s Board of Directors (BOD) are closed to the General Membership. Click here to learn how you can volunteer your time and talent as a member of our Board of Directors — or on any CMBCC Committee.