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Program Overview

The Columbus Chamber is the largest Chamber in the Columbus Region, and membership comes with the greatest opportunity for access among member businesses in our community. Our workforce development, government advocacy efforts, and business solutions ensure businesses in the Columbus Region grow and thrive. In an effort to reach a broader net of the Columbus business community, the Columbus Chamber and Columbus Urban League combined efforts to grant free Chamber memberships to thirty black-owned businesses for the 2021 fiscal year. With the support of the City of Columbus, the Columbus Chamber was able to renew and expand the program to 75 businesses in 2022, and 100 businesses in 2023. These businesses have access to a suite of services (including business connections, specialized consultations, research capabilities for targeted expansion, government advocacy, and member pricing at Chamber events), as well as expanded services in marketing and visibility in the Columbus community. With renewed support, we’ve been able to continue expansion in 2024, growing the program to include 105 businesses. We hope to continue the program and increase impact.

For more information on the Urban Business Connection program, please contact Mallory Roth.

Urban Business Connection Members

* indicates second year in the program, ** indicates third year in the program

Videos Featuring Urban Business Connection Members

Cbuzz Podcasts Featuring Urban Business Connection Members

cbuzz: Chef Jimmy Mitchell, Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the Culinary Industry

cbuzz: Ella Williams, Posh Teatime Co.: A Social Enterprise & Luxury Teatime Experience

cbuzz: Hanad Duale, JustDiidz: Economic Inclusion & Leveraging Technology

cbuzz: Kelly James and Paul Ruminski, TRIP Bikes: Ridesharing in Columbus

cbuzz: Tiffany Marr, Wemblr: Financial Literacy and the Younger Generation

cbuzz: Kevin Lloyd, Have a great team in order to achieve your goals

cbuzz: Juana Williams, J’s Sweet Treats & Wedding Cakes: It works if you work it

cbuzz: Tonya Kelly, MEd, Empower Our Youth Foundation: Advocating for Our Youth

cbuzz: Lachandra B. 
Baker, LBB Edutainment: Being a Lifelong Learner, Civic Engagement, & The Importance of Mentorship

cbuzz: Asia Smith, H&H Luxury Events: Building an Eclectic Customer Base and Advice for Young & Aspiring Female Entrepreneurs