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SBA Reopens Shuttered Venue Operators Grants for Applications

In Case You Missed It... SBA Reopened Shuttered Venue Operators Grants for Applications, April 24 at 12:30 p.m. EDT Applicants can register today; updated documents now available WASHINGTON –– The U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Shuttered Venue...

The St. Louis Community Foundation Announces Three New Grant Opportunities

Here are three grant opportunities you do not want to miss out on.   1. The Black Communities Investment Initiative The Black Communities Investment Initiative  The Black Communities Investment Initiative was established at the St. Louis Community Foundation to...

U.S. Black Chambers CEO Ron Busby on support for federal minimum wage increase.

Source: CNBC The debate over raising the federal minimum wage to $15 and hour is not an easy one. Senate and House Democrats are split over its inclusion in President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief package. Opponents argue a higher minimum wage will force small...

Be the Change You Are Looking To See | Veta T. Jeffery – HSBCC

Jan. 27, 2021 --- We don’t ask you to believe in our ability to change, we ask you to believe in yours. - Barack Obama While change may be difficult, it is definitely necessary.  If we continue to glean from the opening lines of A Tale of Two Cities, St. Louis...

New Urban Champions on Collaboration, Growth, and Problem-Solving in St. Louis, MO features Veta T. Jeffery’s Contributions

St. Louis: A New Urban Champion Source: NewCities.org New Urban Champions is an initiative created to showcase the most successful, but less frequently told stories of collaboration, growth, and problem-solving happening in mid-sized cities that deserve a greater...

Bold Moves Changing Black St. Louis Economics

“We don’t ask you to believe in our ability to change, we ask you to believe in yours.” Barack Obama If we continue to glean from the opening lines of a Tale of Two Cities, St. Louis epitomizes its very essence.  It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,...

Funds Released! | SMALL BUSINESS RAPID DEPLOYMENT FUND | Funded through a grant from the St. Louis County CARES Act

Source:  STL Partnership | www.stlpartnership.com St. Louis County has established a Small Business Rapid Deployment Fund to assist small businesses that have been severely impacted by COVID-19. Funded through a grant from the St. Louis County CARES Act, this fund is...

19 Families Buy Nearly 97 Acres of Land in Georgia to Create a Safe City for Black People

In this environment, it is so important to create the change and be the change to balance equality, safety and prosperity in a society that overall does not value the Black Community the same as others.  This is why this story is so powerful.   (CNN) - "Welcome...

HSBCC Recognized as Wagner and Clay Introduce the Calculate Loan Forgiveness Act

Jun 29, 2020 | Press Release The legislation would help lenders and PPP loan recipients easily determine the loan forgiveness amount The Heartland St. Louis Black Chamber of Commerce is elated to be recognized by Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO), Chair of the House...

HSBCC Webinar – Cooperative Economics / Crowd Funding

On Thursday, June 1st, 2020, Heartland St. Louis Black Chamber of Commerce hosted the Cooperative Economics Crowd Funding live webinar as another helpful resource for Black Businesses in the greater St. Louis area.  Below is the on-demand stream of this webinar in...

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Welcome to TEAM Heartland St. Louis!

The Heartland St. Louis Black Chamber of Commerce (HSBCC) is here to serve as a key resource for the St. Louis Metropolitan and surrounding areas by helping black businesses and professionals grow and scale.  In joining the HSBCC you have an opportunity to be connected locally, regionally and nationally through your affiliation with us.  Being a part of the team connects you by offering you opportunities to promote and grow your business, develop your business skills and networks and expand your business reach.

We are here to help you make a major impact on our community by providing you with numerous networking, marketing and educational experiences all geared toward growing your capacity.  Welcome to TEAM Heartland St. Louis, and we are looking forward to connecting with personally.  We hope you enjoy what we are building for you.

Vision . . .

The St. Louis chapter of the Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce is a regional-wide effort to attract, create, support and accelerate new and existing businesses in St. Louis and surrounding areas. As an integrated systematic community ecosystem, HSBCC connects you with the resources necessary for you to succeed.

St. Louis aspires to be the exceptional environment for entrepreneurial growth and development; creating attractive opportunities for building sustainable business success for the communities including and surrounding the Greater Metropolitan area. This includes our black business community. We firmly believe that many of tomorrow’s business success stories will come from the great ideas and the determination of entrepreneurs living and working in our area. The fact is, when a business launches and grows from within our black communities, it benefits us all.

The chamber supports its members through advocacy, networking, economic development, business education and capacity building and aligns their efforts to make Greater St. Louis an attractive place for all to live, work and play.

Priorities . . .

Organize The African American Business Community:  

HSBCC aligns local black businesses around a common economic empowerment agenda that facilitates their individual and collective growth.  The Chamber provides opportunities to link and expand members’ activities; widens their spheres of influence; and facilitates their access to regional leaders and decision-makers.

Grow the Pipeline of African-American Entrepreneurs & Bankable African-American Businesses:

HSBCC works in collaboration with a range of partners to connect black entrepreneurs and businesses to the infrastructure supports they need to build and sustain their businesses. These supports include but are not limited to: a) access to capital, b) technical assistance, c) strategic relationship building and mentoring and d) capacity building.

Grow the Pipeline of African-American Entrepreneurs & Bankable African-American Businesses:

HSBCC works in collaboration with a range of partners to connect black entrepreneurs and businesses to the infrastructure supports they need to build and sustain their businesses. These supports include but are not limited to: a) access to capital, b) technical assistance, c) strategic relationship building and mentoring and d) capacity building.

Connect African American Businesses With African American Consumers & Other Target Markets:

HSBCC knows that increasing spending by black consumers with black businesses is an important key to economic and social transformation. Black businesses have historically been drivers of prosperity in black communities.  They have been anchors of employment, incubators of other businesses, champions of self-determination, and sources of civic leadership.  The Chamber sees great value in deepening relationships between black businesses and black consumers and supports its members in extending these relationships to other target markets.

Promote Economic Development Within The African American Community:

HSBCC champions initiatives that improve the economic well-being and quality of life for the black community. These initiatives spur economic growth, market productivity, employment and strengthened tax bases.  The Chamber collaborates with local, regional and state actors to attract economic development and to ensure that the black community is equitably included in development deals and opportunities.

Promote Economic Development Within The African American Community:

HSBCC champions initiatives that improve the economic well-being and quality of life for the black community. These initiatives spur economic growth, market productivity, employment and strengthened tax bases.  The Chamber collaborates with local, regional and state actors to attract economic development and to ensure that the black community is equitably included in development deals and opportunities.

Advance Racial Equity In Local & Regional Markets:

HSBCC is committed to having markets and economic systems work equally well for black businesses as they do for other types of businesses.  To this end, the Chamber seeks to eliminate policies, practices, and attitudes that reinforce differential business outcomes based upon race.