August 19-21, 2019 USBC National Conference

We invite you to join leaders from around the country at this years USBC 10th Anniversary and National Conference. Where Business Meets Policy.

Mission & Service

The U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) provides committed, visionary leadership and advocacy in the realization of economic empowerment. Through the creation of resources and initiatives, we support African American Chambers of Commerce and business organizations in their work of developing and growing Black enterprises.

Advocacy


USBC fights for legislation that promotes small business growth…

Access to Capital


The USBC works with financial institutions, to create avenues …

Contracting


We work to level the playing field by in the public/private sectors by educating members on contract opportunities…

Entrepreneur Training


We provide quality educational opportunities and professional development…

Chamber Development


We leverage our role as a national organization to spur the growth…

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USBC Entrepreneur Training Program

Look Inside

Why our National Conference is Game Changing…

Resource Center

The USBC takes great strides to strengthen our nation’s small businesses.

Success Starts Here

The USBC takes great strides to strengthen our nation’s small businesses.

USBC’s Women’s Business Leadership Conference

115
Black

Chambers

whom represent thousands of Business
Executives & Young Entrepreneurs nationwide.

USBC Board of Directors

Ron Busby

As President/CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC), Ron Busby, Sr. brings business management skills as well as a lifetime of community development experience to the organization. Mr. Busby is a former successful business owner himself, and he has been recognized as one of the nation’s best CEOs. Ron grew his first company, USA Superclean, from $150,000 annualized revenue, to over $15 million in only 10 years. Early on in his career, USA Superclean was recognized as the largest Black-owned janitorial firm in the country. Mr. Busby has also started and grown two other janitorial firms, both resulting in over $4 million in annualized revenue.

Currently, Ron serves on the Pfizer Small Business Council, National Newspapers Publishers Association Foundation Board of Directors, and White House African American Leadership Council. He has also formerly served on the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Council on Underserved Communities.

Trained by some of the country’s leading corporate executives, Ron developed his skills at some of the nation’s largest corporations including; Exxon, Xerox, IBM, and Coca-Cola USA. While in corporate America, he was recognized as National Sales Person of the Year.

Ron also has chamber experience as he was previously the President of the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce for five years.

A native of Oakland, CA; and graduate with honors from both Florida A&M and Clark Atlanta University, Ron has dedicated himself to the empowerment of the Black community. Ron is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. Ron has two sons and currently lives in the Washington, DC area.

Charles O'Neal

Charles O’Neal is President of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce and is responsible for executing the mission of the nation’s oldest and largest African American chamber of commerce. The DBCC serves its members and the North Texas region through advocacy, public policy development, convention and tourism development and delivery of technical assistance.

n addition to serving for 14 years as the Chamber’s Vice President for Business & Economic Development, O’Neal has a long history of involvement in the Dallas community. O’Neal served as the DBCC’s Main Street Manager, working with community-based organizations, realtors, utilities, insurance and financial institutions to coordinate plans for revitalizing Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. O’Neal was instrumental in creating the MLK Boulevard Merchants Association.

A 20-plus year, award-winning career in the newspaper business provides the backdrop for O’Neal’s insight into the inner-workings of our city, state and nation and helped shape credible opinions on the entire spectrum of the African American Experience.

O’Neal serves on the Executive Committee of the Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce and was recently elected Vice Chairman of the U.S. Black Chamber, Inc.

Antwanye Ford

Mr. Ford is the President and co-founder of Enlightened Inc., an award winning IT consulting firm specializing in Management Consulting, Cyber Security, and Systems Integration services. Enlightened serves clients such as the US Navy, Office of Personnel Management, Department of Veteran Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the US Department of Labor to name a few. At Enlightened, Mr. Ford’s responsibilities include Corporate Vision and Direction, Business Development, Strategic Planning, and Corporate Innovation.

In addition, Mr. Ford currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the DC Chamber of Commerce.

In 2007, Enlightened Inc. was awarded a “Top-Five” honoree at the Excellence.gov awards by the Industry Advisory Council (IAC) for JUSTIS, a system developed by Enlightened on behalf of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC). The award gave recognition to the system’s superior performance in the areas of collaboration and transformation. In 2006, Enlightened Inc.’s growth and success were chronicled in a front-page article in The Washington Post. Enlightened was named “2005 Small Business of the Year,” by the DC Chamber Of Commerce. In 2004, Inc. Magazine named Enlightened one of the fastest-growing companies in America in its 23rd annual issue of the Inc. 500 list, ranking Enlightened 264th. Entrepreneur Magazine stated in its November 2003 issue, “Enlightened Inc. is one of the best and brightest companies in America.”

Mr. Ford is heavily involved in his community and was a founding member of Myth Men, a non-profit organization with the objective of destroying negative myths about young Black men. He also serves as the following organizations:
• Board of Directors for the Downtown Clusters Geriatric Day Care Center
• Presidential Council for the US Black Chambers
• Board of Directors for On Ramps to Careers
• Presidents Circle for the US Black Chambers
He also serves as the Executive Assistant to his Pastor at his Church and working with the Teen and Youth Ministry at his church. Mr. Ford also works with large non-profit organizations like The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and The American Heart Association in Washington, DC.

Antwanye Eric Ford is a proud native of Washington DC. He received a B.S. in Computer Science and Information Systems and a M.S. in Information Systems with honors, both from The George Washington University (GWU).

Mr. Ford’s corporate philosophy is based in his faith, “to whom much is given, much is required”.

Bridgett Gagne

Aimee Griffin

As an original incorporator of the US Black Chamber, Attorney Aimee Griffin has fought for economic justice for people who have been denied access and opportunity. Aimee Griffin, Esq., has committed her life to creating opportunities for equity and enhancement for all people. In that stead, she has fought for economic, social and educational justice for those who have been denied. Aimee was named as one of Massachusetts Bar Associations rising stars.

Aimee is the principle at the Griffin Firm, PLLC and works with individuals to create wealth and maintain it through generations through business and estate planning support. Aimee is a business and entrepreneurship development professional. She has worked with individuals to become entrepreneurs and grow small businesses. This is completed through strategic business planning and business development coaching. Aimee has won the Small Business Administration Minority Champion Awards for Massachusetts and New England.

Aimee has served as members of the National Bar Association, American Bar Association, US Black Chamber Board of Directors, Greater Washington Area chapter of the Women’s Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association of Washington, DC, Reid Temple AME Church and other local and national community organizations.

Susan Vanderbilt

Born and raised in Nashville and currently residing in Murfreesboro, Susan Vanderbilt is native to Middle Tennessee. A graduate and post graduate of Tennessee State University, she studied social science and speech and hearing science, and proceeded to hone her knowledge and skills as a communication specialist.

Passionate about helping people grow and connect, her transition to business development and diversity inclusion was a natural fit. With encouragement from project executives of several local, national, and international construction management firms, Susan started Entrée Savvy in 2013. She has had the pleasure of performing successfully as the diversity inclusion manager on the construction management teams for the Music City Center Project (Nashville’s newest convention center), the First Tennessee/Nashville Sounds Ballpark Project, and the New Nashville Criminal Justice Center Project.

Her natural leadership is evident, as she has been nominated for the 2019
Best in Service & Philanthropy Power Moves Award, named to 100 Leading Women 2018 by Nashville Business.net, she has been awarded as a 2017 Nashville Business Journal Woman of Influence, a 2016 Nashville Black Chamber Rising Star, is a member of the SBA Emerging Leaders Class of 2017, and she is a 2018 ATHENA International Leadership Award Nominee.

About the Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce:

The Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce is the membership of choice for African-American businesses and business professionals in the Nashville Metropolitan Area. Founded in 1998, the Chamber is designed to assist business owners with the ability to take their businesses to new heights by connecting with the right networks, staying abreast of industry trends and resources, creating sustainable jobs, and advocating for business-friendly economic development and change.

Kelisha Garrett

Kelisha Garrett is the Principal Consultant at Gen-X Consulting Group, a firm focused in business development, strategic sourcing, vendor compliance, fundraising, and relationship management; and the Executive Director of the New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce which covers a 10 parish region in southern Louisiana.

Most recently, Kelisha was a part of the Supplier Diversity management team for Caesars Entertainment overseeing the Gulf South region and the DBE Regulatory Compliance & Community Relations Manager for Harrah's New Orleans Casino & Hotel.

Kelisha is a graduate of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI) 2012 and Brian Bell Leadership class of 2010. She serves as Vice-Chair of the New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network and board member of the U.S. Black Chambers Inc.

Her professional focus is to fostering economic development and sustainability by utilizing methods of opportunity awareness, education, and policy development that will organically stimulate the inclusion of local, small, minority and diverse business organizations throughout southern Louisiana.

Larry Holman

Responsible for growth and direction of the BCBCC which has resulted in a 140% growth in 12 years.

Responsible for a diverse workforce that consists of 9 housing counselors, 2 vice presidents, and office manager, and a marketing person.

Responsible for the budget and accounting of all funds that are received and allocated for expenses.

Partner with the city, county, and state with Atax funding to promote tourism to support our businesses.

Responsible for the implementation of our micro loan program with USDA.

Support the South Carolina Housing Authority program which is a contract to help unemployed and underemployed citizens avoid foreclosure.

Veta Lynn Jeffery

Veta Lynn Jeffery has spent her life fighting for the rights of others. Mrs. Jeffery began her professional career advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities. Her conflict resolution abilities allowed her to serve families by helping them to successfully navigate through education, employment, building and housing issues. She went on to spend 18 years working in the financial services industry as a licensed professional and the Manager of Financial Services, where she ran agencies gaining national recognition. She received awards and recognition for her ability to develop strong leaders in business and communities and positioned them to serve as ambassadors offering a voice to the voiceless. Mrs. Jeffery identifies as a Servant Leader and her desire is to be positioned to help facilitate avenues for others to have access. She has had the opportunity to travel nationally speaking on behalf of various corporations where her role was to bridge diversity gaps; teach others to be financially independent and develop economic development programs for individuals and communities. Her passion is in building communities and strengthening families. She currently serves in a dual role as a Senior Vice President of Community and Economic Development for Midwest BankCentre and the Executive Director of the Heartland St. Louis Black Chamber of Commerce. In her current position, Mrs. Jeffery identifies success as when she positions individuals or business owners to have access and/or opportunity. The mission of the Chamber is to make an economic impact on the St. Louis region by organizing the black business community and creating an echo system through which we can build capacity for these owners. She currently serves on the advisory board for The Empowerment Network where part of their mission is to heighten awareness of every level of dealing with Prostate Cancer. Mrs. Jeffery is married to Pastor Tony Jeffery, Pastor of The Center of Life Christian Church and they are the proud parents of two beautiful girls, Ishmaiah age 17 and Toni age 8.

A Special Thank You