This Black History Month, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate some of our Black-owned member businesses. The Raleigh Chamber is committed to promoting diversity and equality in the workplace and supporting Black-owned businesses. Our Black-owned member businesses are an integral part of our community and we are proud to promote their growth.

We know that when businesses work together, we can all succeed. We hope you’ll take a moment to check out some of the companies below, and we look forward to continuing to work with all of you in the future.

North Carolina’s largest African-American newspaper and formerly known as the Carolina Tribune, The Carolinian is a great resource for diversifying news sources. This publishing center is headed by Adria Jervay, whom we are delighted to welcome on March 29 to our Coffee event with leaders.

​The Diversity Movement features business strategists dedicated to helping create inclusive organizations. Co-founders Donald Thompson and Jackie Ferguson are on a mission to create business results through diversity, equity and inclusion and their incredibly diverse team can help you too.

A family business founded by Ronald Cox in 1990, CLS Cox Locksmith Service is a mainstay of security in the Triangle area offering commercial, residential and automotive locksmith services. This dedicated team works hard to provide our community with reliable 24/7 security services.

​Robert and Tara Beverley help organizations achieve their strategic goals with specialized services from Mylsetone HR Consulting. With a focus on organizational performance and talent management services, their team is ready to help yours grow and thrive with proven, sustainable solutions.


Featured Professional: Cheryl Parquet, Director of Community Engagement and Marketing Activation at
North Carolina Blue Cross and Blue Shield

In her role with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC, Cheryl manages the development and implementation of all charitable activities for the organization, including community investments, employee volunteerism, sports sponsorships, activation and marketing events that all contribute to improving the health and well-being of people in our community. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Cheryl sits on the Raleigh Chamber Executive Committee 2021/2022 as Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and she was also honored at our last Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference as the inaugural recipient of the Phil Freelon Award for diversity, equity and inclusion. We appreciate all of her hard work and passion for DEI and look forward to seeing her and new Phil Freelon Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness Award winner when she is announced at our next Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference July 26.
These incredible businesses and professionals are impacting our community, and we’re excited to help them grow and succeed. If you’re looking for a way to support minority-owned businesses, be sure to check out our Directory of members. Your company’s purchases can support black-owned businesses. Organizations can search for suppliers using this search engine directory of historically underutilized companies or Black Dollar NC List of black companies.

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