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OUR PURPOSE

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Our purpose is to construct an unwavering network of businesses and business owners that jointly advocate on behalf of small Black-owned businesses within the community as well as nationally.  We function as a voice for small businesses, as well as produce and render services that will be most effectively beneficial to the community, the business owner, and members of the chamber.

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OUR

STORY

OUR STORY

FROM IDEA TO IMPACT

After much research and assessment within our Black-Owned and Minority Business communities, The West-Central Florida Black Chamber of Commerce was founded by a group of committed business owners that saw the need in West-Central Florida.

TBCCT (The Black Chamber of Commerce At Tampa) is the registered Florida Not-For-Profit corporation. An IRS Certified A 501(c)(3) IRS certified corporation.  Our DBA is West-Central Florida Black Chamber Of Commerce.

Our team is a team of experienced Business owners. We believe that providing culturally relevant resources to Black Business, their owners and employees will create a value-added advantage to the grow of Black-Owned Business, not just in the surrounding areas but across the United States Of America. Our service area is all of West Central Florida: It includes Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sumter counties, therefore including the Tampa area, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the state We read the statistics, we saw the gaps, we know the history, we knew the risk, so we built the model.

OUR MISSION

INSPIRING CHANGE

Our mission is to guide Black Business Owners to CREATE, to DEVELOP and to MAINTAIN profitable and thriving businesses.

 

We are dedicated to serving our community through ADVOCACY, ACCESS, and TRAINING.

OUR PILLARS

HELPING YOU THRIVE

CREATE

THE BUSINESS CREATION PILLAR (BCP)

You may have a strong idea of becoming a business owner, an entrepreneur, this pillar guides you through the necessary steps both professionally and personally. 

This program pillar explores, 
 

  • the key factors and processes to starting a business. 

  • You can access different tools and trainings to gain the knowledge and the true definition of a business. 

  • Define or redefine your business plan

  • Creating your business pitch, preparing for financial support opportunities 


The Chamber is an advocate for small businesses and entrepreneurs. This pillar will aid in boosting you to the next stage of development an idea or venture. We provide the tools to getting your business ready to face the marketplace. It is necessary to actually feel fully equipped before you start this journey, entrepreneurship.

DEVELOP

THE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PILLAR (BDP)

The Business Development Pillar guides the business owner through the next steps with:  

  • increasing revenues, 

  • growth in terms of business expansion, 

  • increasing profitability by building strategic partnerships, and 

  • making strategic business decisions. 

BDP provides business support through training and education that will more clearly define your business, the ideas, initiatives, and activities to help make a business better.

This pillar will assist the business owner in cultivating relationships and partnerships, which will help identify new markets for your business product or service.

MAINTAIN

THE BUSINESS OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE (BOE)

Historically “Good” has not been adequate for Black Businesses. In order to maintain a strong business in an incredibly competitive environment, you must excel, go above and beyond. To be exceptionally good, an organization needs to focus on all parts of the organization, optimizing the use and effectiveness of all of its resources.
 

Every business process matters. And your organization can only reach its full potential when all your processes are as efficient and effective as they can be. That is why your approach to process

improvement – and achieving process excellence – are vital to gaining the advantage you need. Every improved process is progress.

This pillar is designed to permanently modify your organization by focusing on key management areas (Process, Project, Change, Knowledge, and Resource).

OUR GOALS

STRIVING FOR GREATNESS

01

ADVOCACY

Provide continuous Business Advocacy for Black-Owned Businesses

02

EDUCATION

Create and Develop culturally relevant training and workshops

03

AWARENESS

Inform people, policies and practices that strengthen financial stability

04

NETWORKING

Connect businesses and foster strong, sustainable community-networking relationships

05

IMPACT

Serving the Tampa Bay Area: Counties include Hillsborough, Citrus, Hernando, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Citrus and Hernando

06

EXCELLERATE

To thrive on innovation and continuously evolve with current business strategies and disperse this knowledge to all members.
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