An Open Letter to Our Members, Followers, and the Colorado Springs Community
The Board of Directors of the Colorado Springs Black Chamber of Commerce has, for some time, been aware of the untruths and misinformation being spread throughout the community. We have remained silent however, considering the information we have been given of the continued ferocity with which this fabrication of the truth is being told we feel that it is now time to address the issue directly .
The election process –
The members of the board of directors, both past and present, all have impeccable reputations in this community. Our board is composed of individuals who own businesses and/or work for organizations in positions such as college professors/instructors, a real estate investor, and in high level management positions. We currently, or have, served on local, state and national boards and committees and are very acquainted with board governance. There is not one of us that would never tolerate or associate ourselves with anything that was not above board. As required for all legitimate boards of directors, anyone who serves in a position on the board of directors of the Black Chamber were elected in a fair impartial and equitable manner. For anyone to insinuate otherwise is an insult to our integrity.
The mission of the Chamber –
The Colorado Springs Black Chamber of Commerce has been in existence for 26 years. As stated in our by-laws which are and have been on file with the State of Colorado since the organization’s inception in 1992 –
“The Chamber was established as a nonprofit corporation under the laws of the State of Colorado and is organized exclusively for purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)6 of the Internal Revenue Code and its regulations as they now exist and as they may be amended.”
“The purpose of the corporation is to address the needs of the small business community by providing information and education on entrepreneurship, economic development, community partnership, and the tools needed for business success.”
This has and will not change despite others who have plagiarized our mission and states that we are not focused on the Black small business community, and again, anyone who insinuates otherwise is insulting the integrity of not only the Chamber, but also our founding Board of Directors. We are about serving the entire minority business community, however our emphasis had and will always be service to small business and entrepreneurs.
On a lighter note, we will be posting an information gathering survey on our Facebook page and will host a forum/focus group to discuss the results in the very near future. We want to hear your voice. In addition, CSBCC and Entrepreneur Nation are collaborating on a conference focusing on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Sustainability on February 7, 2019, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Colorado Springs. More information will be forthcoming soon!
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Colorado Springs Black Chamber of Commerce,
thank you for your attention.
Janet H. Brugger, President
Bregitta Hughes, Vice President
Please be on the lookout for our mini-survey and continue to like and follow us on Facebook.