The Midlands African Chamber.

We connect, empower, and champion businesses.


Welcome to the Midlands African Chamber.


Founded in 2020, the Midlands African Chamber is a membership-based organization that exists to enhance the robust African and African American business climate in Nebraska and across the Midwest. All benefits, programs, and events of the Chamber are designed to give businesses the opportunity to make or save money, acquire knowledge and skills to help grow a network of successful entrepreneurs.

What we do

The Midlands African Chamber advocates for and represents the business interests and issues affecting the African and African American communities in Nebraska and the Midwest.

News

 

🌟 Dream big! Apply for the MAC Foundation Rising CEO's Program by July 31st and start your journey to CEO greatness. 🚀 #RisingCEO's#JointheTribe#MidlandsAfricanChamber#MACFoundation

Join us for the Ebony 2 Ivory Beauty Supply Ribbon Cutting on Friday, August 2nd, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. Let us celebrate this momentous occasion with Ebony 2 Ivory Beauty Supply as they launch their new business! RSVP at https://buff.ly/4ffdQJF

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🌟 Dream big! Apply for the MAC Foundation Rising CEO's Program by August 1st and start your journey to CEO greatness. 🚀 #RisingCEOs #Leadership #JointheTribe #MidlandsAfricanChamber #MACFoundation#RisingCEO's

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Join us for the Ebony 2 Ivory Beauty Supply Ribbon Cutting on Friday, August 2nd, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. Let us celebrate this momentous occasion with Ebony 2 Ivory Beauty Supply as they launch their new business! RSVP at https://buff.ly/4ffdQJF. #JointheTribe#MidlandsAfricanChamber#RibbonCutting.

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Congratulations to The Bloc, Inc’s 20 under 20 awards recipients

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Is your business prepared for a natural disaster?

Thank you Koley Jessen for being part of the 2024 Pitch Black Conference and Tech Showcase!

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World Bank Group Africa Fellowship Program 2025 for Ph.D. students & recent graduates (Fully Funded to Washington, D.C. or a WBG country office) Application Deadline: August 25, 2024 bit.ly/3Ls1z78 The Africa region of the World Bank Group (WBG) is about to announce the opening of the application period for the 2025 WBG Africa Fellowship Program for Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D. graduates who are Sub-Saharan Africa nationals. Women are especially encouraged to apply. Through the fellowship, we aim to build the capacity of the next generation of African change makers in development research, policymaking and promote the goals of reducing poverty in the region. Requirements Be a recent Ph.D. graduate (within three years of completion) or be enrolled in the last year of the Ph.D. program. Have an excellent command of English, both written and verbal. Possess strong quantitative and analytical skills. Be 32 or under the age of 32 by January 2025. Benefits If accepted, you will: spend six months getting hands-on experience at WBG headquarters in Washington D.C. or a country office. The fellowship requires an in-person availability for the period January-June 2025. ·work on research, economic policy, technical assistance, and lending operations that contribute to the WBG’s goal of eliminating poverty and increasing shared prosperity. Fellows are eligible to receive consultant fees and round-trip economy-class air travel to Washington, D.C. or a WBG country office.

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We are excited to have Deana Walocha, In-House Counsel for the Omaha Municipal Land Bank, as our honored guest speaker to discuss the Land Bank's Real Estate Lot Transformation Efforts in Omaha, Nebraska. Ms. Walocha is an accomplished lawyer with over 20 years of experience in tax foreclosure law. She is a graduate of Creighton University School of Law, and is licensed to practice in both Nebraska and Iowa. In her current capacity with the Omaha Municipal Land Bank, Ms. Walocha helps shape the policies that transform vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties into vibrant assets for the community.

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What our members are saying

I don’t think it was a flute that I found the Midlands African Chamber. They put great effort into marketing themselves within the community. As an organization their missions involves helping BIPOC and immigrants by offering education, networking opportunities, mentorship, and more. I’ve been actively involved with their programs for “only” 6 months and I’ve gotten rewarded so much more than I would’ve expected. If you fit their target demographic, definitely give them a chance and check out what they can offer you!

Great community base program that help small businesses grow!

Very supportive and always available to assist new small businesses.

MAC is a great resource for growing your business

The Midlands African Chamber is the organization that helped me building stronger connexions and more visibility for my real estate business. The MAC provides many resources, useful for businesses and individuals. I recommend to join the Midlands African Chamber, today!

I’m a chamber member.

We have been able to access great networking events to grow our business. I would recommend you joining!

Great organization to be a part of here in Omaha Nebraska . Looking forward to Growing with this chamber and all the opportunities that it brings

MAC Foundation

The MAC Foundation is the fundraising arm of the Midlands African Chamber organized as a 501(c)(3) corporation exclusively for charitable, educational, and cultural purposes in the state of Nebraska.

The Foundation provides a mechanism to establish, administer and finance programs that enhance the robust African and African American communities’ crucial needs, in line with the goals of the Midlands African Chamber.

If you have any questions about the Foundation or would like to discuss ways in which you can become involved in its work, please contact us.

MAC Programs and Initiatives

MAC Xcelerator

The MAC Xcelerator (MAC-X) is an enterprise accelerator program designed to strengthen, energize, and support startups and small businesses led by BlPOC entrepreneurs in Nebraska and throughout the Midlands. MAC-X identifies black business leaders with impact-oriented solutions, addressing essential community needs while spurring sustainable growth.

In order to cater to a wide audience, the MAC-X program will be held biannually, with one session in the Fall and another in the Spring. Participants in the program will have the opportunity to receive financial incentives and may choose to apply for the Pitch Black competition. However, being part of the MAC-X program does not guarantee participation in the Pitch Black competition or finale.

Completing the MAC-X program will enable cohort members to receive up to $ 1,000 in seed funds.

Pitch Black

Pitch Black is a dynamic conference strategically crafted to fuel entrepreneurship across diverse communities in the Midwest. Our event showcases prominent speakers, a business exposition, and an exciting business pitch competition. The competition is specifically tailored to offer a platform for emerging BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) as well as immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs to showcase their innovative ideas. Participants have the opportunity to compete for a grand prize of up to $15,000, complemented by invaluable in-kind support surpassing $40,000. This support extends to essential services such as marketing, legal, and accounting, providing crucial assistance for their ventures.

Join the MAC and Pitch Black in promoting entrepreneurship in the black and minority communities in Nebraska, and the Midwest. We need businesses and community partners like you, in order to make this happen.

Suit Up Program

The mission of the Midlands African Chamber’s Suit Up Program is to empower young men and women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, headshot, and job readiness workforce preparation.

This program is designed to create opportunities for teens and young adults in at-risk populations in black and brown, immigrant, and refugee communities so as to inspire and feed the pipeline of future minority entrepreneurs.

Rising CEOs

Rising CEOs is a Leadership and Entrepreneurship program which is made possible by grants of the Omaha Community Foundation, Sherwood Foundation and Weitz Foundation.

The program's goal is to foster entrepreneurial spirit, technology, and leadership skills among at-risk young black and brown girls and boys, between the ages of 14 to 19 years. It is designed to create opportunities for teens in at-risk populations in black and brown, immigrant and refugee communities so to inspire and feed the pipeline of future minority entrepreneurs.

Members Emergency Fund

Our fundamental mission is to connect, empower, and champion black businesses. We believe in the transformative power of unity and collaboration, and the MAC Emergency Fund embodies our dedication to standing by our members when they need it most.

We recognize that unexpected events can jeopardize the very foundations of a business, and our goal is to ensure that our members are well-equipped and well-supported to ensure the continuity of their operations.

Scholarship Fund

The MAC Foundation Scholarships have been established to assist Black, refugee, and immigrant high school seniors and college students studying Accounting, Finance, Law, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). We are pleased to announce the MAC Foundation Scholarship application is open to applicants. We recognize the financial pressure that students frequently experience, and our scholarships program aims to ease some of that burden. Our scholarships are intended to help deserving students who demonstrate a strong commitment to their studies and a passion for their chosen disciplines. We provide $1,000 one-time scholarships that can be utilized for tuition and books.

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