For Immediate Release
August 14, 2023
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(Black PR Wire) SANTA CLARITA — The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce recently announced its Black Business Council will host a Black Business Month celebration to acknowledge and show appreciation for black-owned businesses across the Santa Clarita Valley. The event is scheduled for Thursday, August 31st at 5:30 PM at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). During the event, attendees will have a chance to network, meet other business owners, and have an opportunity to hear from prominent black business representatives.

“I am so honored to be Chair of the Black Business Council as the SCV Chamber hosts its first Black Business Month celebration because it gives us an opportunity to focus on a community that is far too often underrepresented when it comes to access to capital and opportunities to build wealth,” said Di Thompson, 2023 Chair for the Black Business Council. “When we celebrate the contribution of black business owners and entrepreneurs, it pays homage to them and their legacies, especially since celebrating this month recognizes the importance of black-owned businesses when it comes to contributing to our economy as well.”

August marks Black Business Month and the SCV Chamber recognizes the black-owned businesses throughout our community. Taking part in this event will be for the entire SCV community to show solidarity with members of the black community and continue conversations about why it's important to support minority owned businesses. The celebration also helps spread awareness about why diversity is important for businesses and communities. During the event, the SCV Chamber will honor a business and an individual for their work in our business community.

“We are pleased to celebrate Black Business Month as it is an opportunity to highlight black business owners’ achievements and successes, as well as celebrate their contributions to our economy,” said Ivan Volschenk, President & CEO of the SCV Chamber. “As we support minority owned businesses, we are actively supporting economic growth, both locally and in the black community. Every dollar spent helps keep tax dollars in our local neighborhood and creates more job opportunities.”

The event will take place on Thursday, August 31st at CalArts. More details will be announced in the coming weeks as well as the inaugural honorees for this year’s celebration. Sponsorship opportunities are available and can be requested by emailing To register for the event, please visit and click on our Events tab.


The SCV Chamber is the largest business membership organization in the Santa Clarita Valley, representing more than 65,000 member employees.  The Chamber serves as “The Voice of Business” working as the SCV’s leading business advocacy organization in the third largest city in the County of Los Angeles.  Founded in 1923, the Chamber works to advocate for, educate and connect the business community.

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Source: Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce