Foundation - Greater Houston Black Chamber



The GHBC Foundation

Our Story

The Greater Houston Black Chamber Foundation takes great joy in enriching the community that it serves.  The Foundation is an extension of the GHBC that works tirelessly to provide opportunities for members, aspiring entrepreneurs, professionals, and students.

The Greater Houston Black Chamber Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The mission and purpose of the Foundation is to raise private support, manage funds, and make strategic investments in Greater Houston Black Chamber (GHBC) programming.


Over the past 38 years, the Foundation has annually given a total of $50,000 dollars toward advancing, educating, equipping, and empowering other minority business entrepreneurs, professionals, and students. Here at the Foundation, we feel that this work of charity is both relevant and necessary to meet the growing needs of our community.  We are focused on assisting mature and young minority entrepreneurs to create and facilitate growth for their businesses.


Courtney Johnson Rose, Chair

Dominque Calhoun, Vice Chair

Carmen Herrerra, Secretary

  Deon Warner, Legal Counsel

Kevin Riles, Director

Leonard James, Director

Carol Guess, Director


2023 Educational Achievement Awards

Educational Achievement Awards

We are proud of the partnerships that we have been able to create through the GHBC’s working relationships with Houston ISD, Fort Bend ISD, Spring ISD, Klein ISD, Rice University, Texas Southern University, University of Houston, the local Houston Black MBA Chapter, and various other educational based entities.

Annually and in conjunction with the GHBC, the Foundation’s Educational Achievement Awards scholarships have been awarded for almost 40 years to students in the Houston Metropolitan area.

The Educational Achievement Award is granted to graduating high school seniors. Applicants that are a part of the Greater Houston Community will be awarded based on competitive essays, academic performances, and personal interviews



We understand that maintaining a successful small business isn’t easy.
We support communities by helping entrepreneurs build their businesses.


Educating, Equipping & Empowering

The Foundation’s purpose is to educate, equip, and empower minority businesses, entrepreneurs, professionals, and students.

The Foundation will achieve its goals by supporting the Chamber’s programming initiatives:

·       Membership Development

·       Women In Business Series

·       Business Readiness Training Program

·       Financial Resource Services


The Foundation will leverage its partnerships with key stakeholders to provide networking events and educational training. Through these endeavors, entrepreneurs and small businesses will have access to the tools needed to build viable companies and technical prowess.

·       Business Development Workshops

·       B2B Matchmaking and Networking Events

·       Funding Landscape Options: Public, Private and Alternative Funding

·       Venture Capital Exposure

·       Crowdfunding Campaign Development


The Greater Houston Black Chamber Foundation has Houston’s Citizens’ best interest at heart. We are always searching for ways to improve business opportunities for GHBC members. A donation from you would ensure that we are making our best effort toward the awesome cause of educating and advancing our community.


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Disaster Recovery Assistance for small business owners impacted by Hurricane Harvey.



The Disaster Recovery Assistance is a collaborative effort between the Foundation and GHBC with local, state, and federal partners to provide recovery assistance to African American businesses within the Greater Houston Region impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Assistance includes help with access to capital needed to support immediate cleanup costs and longer-term recovery from physical damage and economic losses as well as developing long-term recovery strategies.

Start your road to recovery by reviewing the types of Disaster Recovery Assistance options available for you and your business:


The Foundation Small Business Grants program is intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe occurs and when a business has secured other resources such as insurance proceeds or SBA disaster loans.  Eligible applicants must complete GHBC Foundation Small Business Grant Application and have documentation of physical damage and/or economic injury.

Proposed use of funds will be limited to documented business expenses necessary for disaster repair or operational expenses.

Eligible applicants must have 51% ownership in the affected business or the majority owner must sign the application.  Only one grant application per individual business.

Disaster Recovery Resources

Take a look at some of the helpful resources available after a disaster.


Disaster Recovery Contracting Opportunities

Disaster recovery operations need vendors that can clear debris, provide facility support services, furnish necessary supplies, commercial/residential construction, and much more. Different aspects of the recovery operations may be led by the federal government through FEMA, state government emergency response programs, city or county emergency response programs, or non-profit organizations like the American Red Cross. Click here for a Resource Guide for working with federal, state, city and counties as a contractor in disaster recovery.


Small Business Administration – Disaster Assistance Loans

SBA provides Federal Disaster Assistance Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters to cover costs of physical damage and economic injury to businesses within eligible disaster areas.


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – Financial Resources

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers and online tools to provide information and financial resources to affected individuals and businesses for local disaster recovery.


Texas Workforce Commission – Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Workers who became unemployed as a direct result of the effects of Hurricane Harvey impacting Greater Houston region, may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits under the Texas Workforce Commission’s Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program. Business owners affected by the storm may also qualify for benefits. Get more information on Disaster Unemployment Assistance by visiting their website.