About Us

The Maryland Black Chamber of Commerce promotes and facilitates black business owners with the aim of strengthening black businesses in Maryland. The chamber is led by veteran business professionals, former government officials, expert trainers, and thought leaders.

Maryland Black Chamber of Commerce is committed to making efforts towards creating a brighter future for the black business community of Maryland. We are making it possible through growth acceleration, responsible guidance, and advocacy.

By becoming a member of the Maryland Black Chamber of Commerce, you can leverage our experience and influence to grow your business.

Our Mission

The mission of the Maryland Black Chamber of Commerce is to educate, connect, and advocate for black businesses all across Maryland.

Our Vision

The vision of the Maryland Black Chamber of Commerce is to offer strategic support for starting, sustaining, and growing successful black businesses in Maryland. We do this by providing opportunities for networking, affinity groups, resources, and partnerships with groups that offer training, workshops, coaching, and help with funding.

What We Do

We pride ourselves on being keen advocates of black businesses in Maryland. The Maryland Black Chamber of Commerce aims to aid the set-up, growth, and success of black businesses through:

  • Focused training programs led by industry experts to educate business owners on how to optimally grow and scale their businesses.

  • Providing networking and business development opportunities through organizing chamber events and member meetings.

  • Advocating for black business owners with the aim of creating profitable opportunities and opening doors.

  • Offering promotion, sponsorship, and advertising opportunities.

  • Getting more leads and referrals through members and their networks.

  • Providing access to business capital through the board, members, investors, and partner organizations.

Staff and Board of Directors

Kenneth White
President / CEO

Kenneth White

Kenneth White is the President and CEO of the Maryland Black Chamber of Commerce.  Prior to taking on this role, he held the position of Senior Vice President and Relationship Manager for Sandy Spring Bank.

Mr. White’s career in banking and economic development spans over 40 years.

He has held positions at Signal Financial Federal Credit Union, M&T Bank, Bank of America, Working for Success Economic Development Corp; The Washington Project; New Day Consulting; and Southeastern University’s Center for Entrepreneurship.

Mr. White serves on the Board of Directors of the  following organizations:  Prince George’s County Board of Social Services, Montgomery County Black Collective and the Maryland Association of Social Services Board Foundation.

He is a former Board Member of the Maryland Black Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Prince George’s, Maryland Commercial Lenders Association and FSC First.

He also serves on the Maryland State Comptroller’s Business Advisory Council.

Mr. White is a graduate of Potomac College with a BS in Management. He is a graduate of the

Johns Hopkins University, Carey School of Business, Minority Leadership Development Graduate

Program as well as Leadership Prince George’s.

Mr. White was recognized in 2022 by The Daily Record with the Power 30 Business Leaders Award.

He has also been recognized for his community involvement with awards from Leadership

Prince George’s, Prince George’s FSC First, Prince George’s Small Business Initiative Alliance and

the US Small Business Administration.

Nelson Davy
Board Chairman

Nelson Davy

MBCC: Treasurer and Business Development Co-Chair

Nelson Davy’s 15 year career spans from one of the largest accounting firms in the world to the United States Senate, to serving as the Treasurer for the Maryland Black Chamber of Commerce.  He currently owns and operates a Commercial Health Insurance Brokerage and helps  hundreds of  business owners scale their companies to attract and retain employees by implementing alternative funding methods as well as wellness and risk management ideas to contain health care costs .  He’s an experienced leader that knows the ins and outs of what it takes to launch and operate a successful Start-up in this rapidly changing workforce and economy.

Shanton Kittler
Board Vice Chair
Marva Jo Camp, Esq.
Board Secretary
Jerome Weems
Board Treasurer
Michelle Taylor
Board Chair Emerita
Tereance R. Moore
Board Parliamentarian
John Hale III
Board Member
Marie Wolfe
Board Member
Ron Hopkins
Board Member
Ijenna Aluko
Board Member
Pam Scott
Board Member
Rod Johnson
Board Member
Eben Smith
Board Member
B.J. Dawkins
Advisory Board Chair
Mack Audena
Advisory Board Member
Andrea Chang
Advisory Board Member
Sanita DeBose
Advisory Board Member
Eddie Egesi
Advisory Board Member
Coumba Graves
Advisory Board Member
Gillie Haynes
Advisory Board Member
Wendy Howard
Advisory Board Member
Karen James-Cody
Advisory Board Member
Algenis Liriano
Advisory Board Member
Solomon Luke
Advisory Board Member
Don Moragne
Advisory Board Chair
Randall Nixon
Advisory Board Member
Jason Williams
Advisory Board Member
Emmalyne Head
Advisory Board Chair
Trevor Allen
Advisory Board Member
Rhett Butler
Advisory Board Member
Heath Carelock
Advisory Board Member
Cynthia Cephas
Advisory Board Member
Michael Coombs
Advisory Board Member
Tiana Lawson
Advisory Board Member
Stephanie McMillan
Advisory Board Member
Derrick Nelson
Advisory Board Member
Vicky Persaud
Advisory Board Member
David Smith
Advisory Board Member
J. Steward Smith
Advisory Board Member
Shaun Smith
Advisory Board Member
Bessie Stroman
Advisory Board Member
Antoine Thompson
Advisory Board Member
Juanita White
Advisory Board Member
Jarad Bowens
Advisory Board Chair
Chantell Brooks
Advisory Board Member
Catherine Dorsey
Advisory Board Member
Gideon Gaines
Advisory Board Member
Arielle Jordan
Advisory Board Member
Shana Knight
Advisory Board Member
Renee Miller
Advisory Board Member
Gayan Sampson
Advisory Board Member
Steve Swayne
Advisory Board Member

Our Partners