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Welcome to Manitoba; a province that is proud to offer big city amenities but still maintains a small-town feel. We have a thriving black business community and it is the mission of the Manitobans Chamber of Commerce to connect local businesses with one another to help each succeed in their own right thus ensuring the community thrives as well. The Manitobans Chamber of Commerce is an 8 years journey that finally took form and was established in 2022 to promote equitable commerce in the community.

Being the Black Chamber in Manitoba, our diverse membership offers a wide variety of goods and services. Please browse our directory the next time you are looking for a provider.

Whether you are new in town, just visiting or are interested in the benefits of Chamber membership, you have come to the right place. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me at or 204-899-5213. And again…

Welcome to the Black-Manitobans Chamber of Commerce!

Dr. Deborah Zita Somakoko president/Founder

Our Mission & Vision Statement

Mission Statement

The Black - Manitobans Chamber of Commerce exist to equip, serve and support Black & Immigrants Business Leaders and their communities through advocacy, access to education, training, mentorship and economic development. Our goal is to maximize the potential of every Business Leader, by providing equitable opportunities for growth.

Vision Statement

Levelling the Playing Field for All by leveraging the power of Black Entrepreneurs and Black-Owned businesses through innovation, education and training to drive sustainable, equitable economic development in the Black communities in Manitoba.

Our Values

We believe in the BMCC ecosystem.

BMCC’s business model, depicted by the “BMCC ecosystem”; that consists of the board, members, business community, and city/province; makes up our foundation and the balance of interests among the organisms. Our ecosystem is our key to success.

We give back to our communities.

We take seriously the responsibilities that come with being a leader. We help our members build better communities, support various charitable causes, and leverage our size, scope, and resources to help make the world a better place. 10% of all BMCC is reinvested into the black community.

We strive continually to improve.

We are a learning organization that aims to anticipate and respond to changing customer, employee, and community needs through constant evolution and innovation.

We lead in partnership and collaboration

We work in partnership and in collaboration with other local chambers of commerce to achieve outcome that benefit the broader business community and ensure a future for business that improve the lives of all Manitobans.

Our Values

Continued Building Of Credibility And Results For All Member







We acknowledge that the Black-Manitobans Chamber of Commerce is located on ancestral lands, Treaty No. 1 Territory, the traditional lands of the Anishinabe (Ojibway), Ininew (Cree), Oji Cree, Dene, and Dakota, and is the Birthplace of the Métis Nation and the Heart of the Métis Nation Homeland.

We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories, we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration. We are on our own reparation and reconciliation journey. This includes our commitments to learning and working on being an ally to Indigenous people, organizations, leaders, and community through our work with Indigenous governments and partners.


We are committed to complying with the Accessibility Standard for Customer Service under The Accessibility for Manitobans Act. Our policies, practices and service delivery reflect the principles of dignity, independence, integration, and equal opportunity for people with disabilities. We exist to break any barriers to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Where there is a Will, there is Way!

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Markus and Jon Gerrard
About us

Empowering Diversity
Fostering Success

The Black-Manitobans Chamber of Commerce (BMCC)! We’re a vibrant community empowering Black & Immigrants business leaders, fostering economic growth, and leveling the playing field for all in Manitoba. Established in 2022, our mission is to support entrepreneurs through advocacy, education, training, and economic development, ensuring equitable opportunities for success.


We collaborate with local chambers, give back to our communities, and embrace integrity, honesty, respect, excellence, and professionalism. On ancestral lands, we’re committed to reconciliation and being allies to Indigenous communities. Accessibility is crucial, breaking barriers to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Together, let’s break barriers and thrive!


The Black Manitobans Chamber of Commerce Inc (BMCC) is comprised of, and supports the active expression of, different voices, identities, cultures and worldviews. This is part of our identity as an organization. BMCC’s board knows that Black Lives Matter and Indigenous Lives Matter. We stand against racism, discrimination and injustice in all their forms, and commit to reviewing our policies and practices with an anti-racist lens and to promoting anti-racist pedagogies. We ask that our members continue to hold us accountable in this commitment.

We Change Your Life & World

We Are A . C . E . E


Our goal is to represent YOU at every step of the process – the employers and employees who make Manitoba's economy successful. We develop policy positions with our members and strategically lobby lawmakers.

We support pro-business candidates to make sure our elected officials make good decisions for all Manitoba's companies. And we work with strategic partners in the business community to amplify the needs and concerns of our members and realize a better business environment for everyone.


BMCC is here for YOU. You are a leader in your world, your business, your cubicle, your network. BMCC offers two great leadership programs to broaden your network, your understanding of the municipal, provincial, national business landscape and the political climate that influences it.

We work hard to be a resource for our members. We empower our members through leadership programs, Mentorship and business coaching. Have ideas about how we could do that better? Join us!


We offer solutions to your business challenges through collaboration, business products, programs and one-on-one business support and services. BMCC can save you time and money and help you grow your business with very simple steps


We connect you to resources and capital funding necessary for your business development, stability and growth. We give you access to a provincial wide network of your peers – opportunities in every industry and corner of the province to meet each other and stay at the forefront of business trends through events, sponsorships and leadership programs

Become A Member

Unlock a world of opportunities and be part of a supportive community. As a member, gain access to exclusive raesources, networking events, and tailored support. Join now and empower your journey to success!

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