National Black MBA Association – Chicago Chapter

The National Black MBA Association® is the premier business organization serving black professionals. The mission of the National Black MBA Association® is to lead in the creation of educational, wealth building, and growth opportunities for those historically underrepresented throughout their careers as students, entrepreneurs and professionals.


Vision: Empowering visionaries intellectually and economically to create a world where diversity and inclusion are universal.

History: The National Black MBA® Association was conceived in 1970 to help Blacks coming into the corporate sector, largely for the first time, share experiences and insights to help make the journey easier. By nurturing these new professionals, the organization helped early members navigate and, ultimately, succeed in unfamiliar and frequently challenging environments. It is those professionals who have risen up and reached back to bring up the next generation of Black professionals through providing coaching, guidance and mentoring. This has carried through the decades as the members who have followed found the same sense of connection and camaraderie among their colleagues and have continued to reach back to uplift new generations. NBMBAA® has a deep and rich history of enriching the lives of Black youth and professionals that we continue to celebrate today.



INTEGRITY: We lead with integrity – demonstrating honesty, transparency and moral courage with our stakeholders at all times.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION: We serve as a champion for both diversity and inclusion, preparing future leaders and providing thought leadership to help our stakeholders recognize, develop and engage their talent.

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT: We support the economic empowerment of our stakeholders – providing access to networks of resources and information about access to capital, entrepreneurship and wealth building.

EDUCATION: We promote education as the primary vehicle to economic mobility for our community – our programming serves to enhance the preparation and competitiveness of our stakeholders during every phase of their careers.

EXCELLENCE: All aspects of organization are managed with excellence – we expect and deliver the very best whenever the NBMBAA® brand is involved.

SERVICE: We demonstrate servant leadership – we listen to the needs of our stakeholders and actively serve our communities while preparing our members to do so for life.


Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development

Events and Community Building

  • Pitch Events


  • One-on-One Counseling

Networking and Associations

  • Small Business/General

Starting a Business

  • Startup Business Counseling
Primary Contact
Melinda Jordan
p.o. box 8513
Chicago, IL 60680
(312) 458-9161