Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance continues Inequality Initiative through Minority-Owned Business Database

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July 09, 2020
LYNCHBURG, Virginia – On Tuesday, June 16, the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance, in partnership
with leadership from Blackwater Branding and Financial Fancy, launched an ongoing database for
minority-owned businesses in the Lynchburg region. The purpose of this database is to create a
consistent clearinghouse and provide a platform for networking, empowerment and support.

Any minority-owned business can register for inclusion in the database and future listings. Businesses
that register will receive opportunities to engage in regional business activities, connect with other
businesses and leaders, and access business support programs such as ChamberRX, business counseling
and professional development.

The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance is a membership-based organization. While participation in
the Minority-Owned Business Database doesn’t equate to membership in the Alliance, it does equate to
access and support.

“The Alliance is engaged in growing and sustaining the region’s economic footprint to help businesses
grow the economy and create jobs,” said Megan Lucas CEO and Chief Economic Development Officer.
“That includes advancing diversity across all levels of business and supporting minority-owned

This business list continues the work of the Alliance, in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,
on an ongoing initiative to address inequality of opportunity through education, employment,
entrepreneurship, and more.

The results of the information reported to the Alliance will later be compiled to produce a digital
database of minority-owned businesses in the region, as well as a print and digital “Lynchburg Region
Black Business Guide.”

Charese Chambers, owner of Financial Fancy LLC, recalled that, “In 1936 the first Green Book was
published to identify safe spaces for people of color by Victor Hugo Green. The directory orchestrated by
the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance and Blackwater Branding to amplify Black business by starting an electronic directory is a forward, intentional movement to highlight Black entrepreneurs in Lynchburg
and surrounding counties.”

The Alliance hopes this directory and ongoing initiative will be of help to minority-owned businesses in
our community. Please feel free to share the link below with regional businesses who may benefit from

The Alliance continues to update its online coronavirus hub with the latest news for the Lynchburg
region. We hope this resource will provide employers and employees with assistance during these
difficult times.
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The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance is the region’s largest business association, and our
government relations programming reflects the interests of our members. For nearly 750 businesses,
professionals and organizations in the Lynchburg region, our mission is to lead regional economic
development through: Generating Jobs & Investment; Promoting the Region’s Brand and Image
Globally; Cultivating Talent; and Enhancing the Business Climate.
For more information and to learn more about the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance, please visit:

Ryan Weaks, Director of Marketing & Communications
(434) 845-5966