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  • African American Business Council

    The vision of the African American Business Council is to strategically position black businesses for inclusion and success through opportunity, education, exposure, entrepreneurship, economic development, and public policy advocacy. We are committed to leading, educating, and advocating to grow African American-owned businesses and to create and grow a thriving African American middle class in Wilmington.

    Tracey Newkirk founded the council with Chamber CEO Natalie English in 2018 with the mission to empower African American owned businesses and professionals and to help stimulate economic development.

     

    Members include some of Wilmington’s major movers and shakers who are dedicated to breaking down barriers and connecting people to ensure the next great innovator, entrepreneur, or small business owner will have a smoother road to prosperity. Join today to build connections and to address policy issues for African American owned small businesses and entrepreneurs in the Cape Fear region. 

     

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  • SHERI SHAW, M.ED
    co-CHAIR,
    AFRICAN AMERICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL
    assistant Dean FOR STUDENT SUCCESS
    UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA WILMINGTON 

     

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  • Chakema Clinton-Quintana
    Co-CHAIR,
    AFRICAN AMERICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL
    VP - Inclusive Small Business, LIVE OAK BANK