The People’s Community & Inclusion (PCI) initiative provides opportunities for marketing and connection for businesses owned by Black, Indigenous and people of color. PCI helps BIPOC-owned businesses, historically underrepresented in our membership, make connections, network and grow through Chamber membership.
Community-nominated businesses are awarded a PCI Membership through selection by the PCI committee. PCI members receive:
- Two years of membership
- Chamber event access according to the member’s interest
- Advertising (includes social media push and Member Spotlight article)
The PCI Initiative has supported more than 20 BIPOC-owned businesses. Three PCI members are serving on the 2021-2022 Asheville Chamber Board of Directors: Jason Muhammed (JM Leadership Development), J Hackett (Grind LLC) and Brandy Mills (Smallcakes Cupcakery & Creamery)
“Joining the Asheville Chamber via the PCI scholarship is one of the best decisions I ever made for my business. It helped to connect me not only with established businesses, but with new and aspiring minority entrepreneurs like myself needing only the right opportunities to shine, and the Asheville Chamber helped to provided those opportunities.” ~ Andre Daugherty, Owner, Pro 16 Productions