Colorado has a long, rich history of African American owned businesses. This history is best exhibited by Denver’s Five Points community. Five Points became a central point for Black Americans moving to Denver in the 1920s. Black doctors, lawyers, dentists and entrepreneurs, established businesses in the community and Five Point became one of the first support networks for Black business owners. As Denver and the state of Colorado grew after World War II, African Americans and African American owned businesses became less concentrated in the neighborhood. Following the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, business leaders in the community saw a need to establish a formal advocacy organization.
The Colorado Black Chamber (CBCC) was established in 1985 with a staff of one and a handful of Black business members. Now the organization boasts corporate partners and business members along Colorado’s Front Range. The Chamber remains a solid voice for the Black business community while continuously refocusing its efforts to meet the ever changing needs of its members.
The CBCC provides extraordinary customer service, reasonable member rates and value-added resources. It works with other area chambers to give members a broad range of opportunity for networking and visibility. It’s more than a business as usual membership organization. It’s the best friend and partner of its members, working exclusively on their behalf and providing the assistance and support they need.