our Purpose

The Black Business Association of Memphis (BBA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 1974 and is the largest trade association of its kind in the Mid-South. BBA members all unite behind the goal of empowerment through entrepreneurship and improvement of business and growth opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses.

The BBA is supported by the City of Memphis Department of Housing and Community Development. We seek to be “Point A” for minority business in the city of Memphis.   Primary services include “one on one” sales and marketing consulting.

Personalized services, support and one-on-one counseling are available to BBA members. We serve as a resource to the entire community, providing skills, services and networking opportunities to any small business regardless of race or sex.

Mission & Vision

Our mission is to improve the economic well-being of the Memphis region by developing successful entrepreneurs through education, advocacy and business development.

Our vision: Memphis/Shelby County to become a “Full Opportunity Society”; A Dynamic and Diverse Epistemic Community:

Epistemic communities, people with a shared knowledge base on key issues, provide exactly the norms, standards and (place) identity that are the micro-foundations for linking equity and growth. Because there is genuine care for the other, partly because of the communicative processes inherent in such communities, economic and social actors look for, “Win-Win” opportunities rather than Darwinian competitive destruction. They also break down barriers so that the positive possibilities raised by our growing diversity get realized rather than dashed.

our goals

Our goal is to operate in your best interest and we cannot achieve that goal without understanding your challenges.  We maintain strong relationships with our city, county, and state legislators as well as local business leaders. We leverage those relationships for your benefit and serve as a voice for the concerns of our members and the minority business community.

We value knowledge, education and training for the advancement of your business. The BBA is an excellent resource for access to the tools you will need to be more efficient.

We offer opportunities for our clients to know who’s who in Memphis as well as in their field of business. Our members are always in the know when it comes to mixers, seminars and other events that are important to advancing their business.