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2023 marks the 10th Anniversary of the Madison Black Chamber of Commerce and our 5th annual Black Business Awards program. This year's Madison Black Gala is the premier Black business event you don't want to miss!

 

Join us for a night of celebration, red-carpet glamour, and business networking where Black Wall Street meets Madison.

The Madison Black Gala is a black-tie event that brings together the Madison community, business professionals, and friends of the Madison Black Chamber of Commerce. The evening provides an opportunity to share our stories while honoring some of the best Black businesses and leaders in the region.

 

This year's event will be held at the Monona Terrace Convention Center on February 23rd from 4:30 PM - 10:30 PM with an immersive networking reception taking place within the Black Wall Street Marketplace beginning at 4:30 PM where ticketed guests can shop from Black vendors, network, and engage with one another.

Come dressed to impress in your best Roaring 20s attire and be ready to have fun! 

 

Early arrival is suggested for our Black Wall Street shopping experience, silent auction, and cocktail reception. The evening’s formal program features the Black Business Awards presentation, a dynamic keynote address from the President & CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC), Mr. Ron Busby, Sr., on the "State of Black Business", as well as an intimate fireside conversation with Nobel Peace Prize nominee Opal Lee.

 

And don't forget to stick around for the dancing!

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BLACK WALL STREET MARKETPLACE

Join us for a shopping experience like no other where guests will be able to shop from premier Black vendors.

 

The Black Wall Street Marketplace is a curated collection of local businesses, artists, and vendors. An ode to the historical Greenwood District and Black Wall Street where Black business excellence is a part of everyday life. This year, the chamber will showcase a special Black Wall Street art exhibit from the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum.

 

We invite you to take part in this exciting opportunity by becoming a vendor at our marketplace. We are looking for Black vendors with all types of products, services, clothing, beauty products, art pieces, and more. Due to venue restrictions, vendors may not sell foods or beverages for on-site consumption.

Black Wall Street Marketplace Hours of Operation 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM 

Black Wall Street Marketplace is OPEN to the General Public 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM, Only Ticketed Guests are Allowed after 4:30 PM. 

 

Vendors will receive the following:

  • Dedicated Assigned Vendor Booth within the Black Wall Street Marketplace with a 6ft Skirted Table

  • Exclusive Opportunities to be a Vendor at Additional Madison Black Chamber of Commerce Events

  • Discounted Tickets to The Madison Black Gala (Limit 2 Per Vendor)

  • Business Directory Listing with Madison Black Chamber of Commerce

  • Meet & Greet with the President of Madison Black Chamber of Commerce

If you are interested in becoming a vendor at this event or would like more information on how to become involved please click the link below.

Become a Sponsor

2023 Sponsorship Opportunities

The Madison Black Chamber of Commerce is looking for local businesses, organizations, and individuals to help sponsor its fifth annual Black Business Awards program, now called the Madison Black Gala.

 

This year's event will be an ode to Black Excellence, featuring a historic Black Wall Street traveling exhibit from the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum that will be the centerpiece of our very own Marketplace, which will showcase local Black-owned businesses.

 

We have a variety of opportunities this year, including a single Platinum sponsorship level that will help make our Marketplace free and accessible to the general public, so they can learn more about the historical Greenwood Business District, get inspired by the triumph of Black Wall Street, and support our own Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs.

 

All Gala sponsorship levels include tickets to the event and all its festivities, including intimate addresses from two Black national treasures – Mr. Ron Busby, Sr., President & CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Ms. Opal Lee, who spearheaded the campaign to make Juneteenth a federally recognized holiday.

 

Funds raised from the Madison Black Gala will help support the more than 700 Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs that the Chamber represents.

It's time to recognize and celebrate Black excellence in Madison's Black businesses!

The Madison Black Chamber is excited to announce the 2023 Awards, an annual event celebrating the best of the best in Madison's Black business community.

 

Each year, we honor Black businesses from all sectors—from restaurants to beauty salons, from law firms to accounting firms, from construction companies to software companies, and more. Nominate your favorite Black-owned business and entrepreneurs today!

The categories for the awards are Community Leader, Lifetime Achievement, Young Entrepreneur, Emerging Business, Perseverance, and Innovator of the Year.

 

Nominations can be submitted online and are due by midnight Tuesday, Jan. 31.

MILELE CHIKASA ANANA LEGACY AWARD

The Milele Chikasa Anana Legacy Award is given to a “Village Pioneer.” This is an individual, independent contractor, small business or organization who is a champion of Black-owned businesses, has made a positive impact on the local community, has paved the way for the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs, and has advocated for diversity, equity and inclusion.

COMMUNITY LEADER

The Community Leader award is given to an individual, independent contractor, small business, or organization that has demonstrated an exemplary level of leadership and community involvement, which has helped to positively impact the quality of life in Dane County and serve the needs of its citizens.

EMERGING BUSINESS

The Emerging Business award recognizes a business that launched in 2022 and has already demonstrated strong potential via growth, innovation and/or leadership.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

The Lifetime Achievement award recognizes an individual, independent contractor, small business or organization whose long-term active engagement in our community has had a significant, positive impact locally. The winner also should be considered a leader in their industry and community.