Welcome to the Fort Wayne Black Chamber of Commerce

Announcing the BUILDs a successful program!
BUILD program graduates The first graduates of Indiana Build, a program of the Fort Wayne Urban League was held on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Indiana build is a program concept that is the fruition of work started by members of the board of directors of the Fort Wayne Black Chamber of Commerce more than a year ago. Seven young men completed the four week soft skills training on Wednesday and have interviews on Thursday morning and will most likely be working on Monday morning in the construction trades. This program removes barriers to gainful employment and designed to give the best chances for success. Each of the graduations receive a hard hat, basic work tools, and steel toed shoes. One huge barrier to employment many times is lack of a driver's license due to licenses being suspended until fines are paid. The program was able to pay the fines for three of the men and each have signed a note to repay the loaned funds. The graduates are McGraw Adams, Johnathan Benson, Seth Johnson, Quyuann Mattox, Derrick Morrow, Peter Quistgard, and De'Eddie Sanford.

The BUILD program provided training on job readiness and team work as well as a clear concreate understanding of the 17 skilled trade organizations in Northeast Indiana taught by field experienced instructors.

Click here for more information on the BUILD program or contact Nicole M. Mays-Walker, Office Administrator of Northeast Indiana Building Trades at (260) 489-8574 to enroll.

The Fort Wayne Black Chamber of Commerce serves as an advocate for the creation, growth and general welfare of black businesses in Fort Wayne community. The Chamber will actually promote the expansion of business opportunities on behalf of its membership through referrals, partnerships, seminars, technical assistance, and mentoring. The Chamber will focus on economic and business development, education and special projects.

The Fort Wayne Black Chamber of Commerce members are hosting business hours at the office and providing valuable information to new and emerging entrepreurs. See our events page to review the schedule details.
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Our primary goals are to bring awareness of opportunities to the black business community, and to facilitate relationships to network and grow businesses.

Among ideas under discussion are workshops to teach people how to own a business, and how to stay in business, and how to help black-owned businesses learn how to do business with the government under programs that set contracts aside for business that are considered disadvantaged. Teaching entrepreneurship to the young is another idea.