Thanks to the efforts of managers and leaders in City Purchasing, Colorado Springs Utilities, Ent Federal Credit Union, Agilent, USAA, and El Pomar, the scene for minority business is slowly changing. We cannot be content with the pace of change for business in Colorado Springs because the numbers don't reflect the potential power of the Black business community.
Realizing that education is a key factor in the poor showing of Blacks in business, each agency and corporation must vigorously commit to programs of mentorship and aggressive outreach if change is to be realized. Thanks to all those business leaders in Colorado Springs who recognize the key issues and are willing to take important steps toward accepting some ownership and risk to affect change.
The Colorado Springs Black Chamber is not a well-oiled technology machine pumping out literature and programs for the Black business community. We are a group of dedicated people who give our time and resources to make a difference in a business person's search for success. You can help by sharing your time, resources, and leadership to make a business success out of business potential.
Special thanks to each of our members who have helped to make the Chamber an important resource in Colorado Springs. Your Chamber was at the table as the concept of a Black Leadership Forum evolved. As business owners and involved citizens, we applaud the efforts of Dr. Pamela Shipp of the Center for Creative Leadership and Mr. Theo Gregory of the El Pomar Foundation for supporting and leading the effort to engage Black Leadership in a conversation about community. Mr. Bill Hybl of the Pomar Foundation realized the importance of this effort and committed facilities, funds, and personnel to make this forum a resounding success.