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

 

Midlands African Chamber, Inc.️ Updated their cover photo. June 17, 2024

Get ready for a tech revolution right here in the Midlands ! 🚀 Join us for the Midlands African Chamber’s 2024 Pitch Black Conference and Tech Showcase, where innovation knows no bounds. 🌍 🎟️ Don’t miss out on engaging speakers, cutting-edge workshops, and the thrilling pitch competition finale on June 29, 2024, at the Creighton University Harper Center! Secure your tickets now at www.wepitchblack.com and be part of history in the making. #MidlandsAfricanChamber #WePitchBlack #JoinTheTribe

Happy Father’s Day from the MAC team to all the fathers and father figures out there. You matter. Keep showing up and uplifting the youth. #midlandsafricanchamber #wepitchblack #fathersday

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Wishing all the amazing fathers a blessed and joyful Father's Day from the Midlands African Chamber! May your day be filled with love, laughter, and cherished moments with your loved ones. #Midlandsafricanchamber #wepitchblack

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What a beautiful celebration of Juneteenth today at the NAACP's parade in North Omaha! Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, marks the emancipation of the last enslaved African Americans in the United States, commemorating the end of slavery on June 19, 1865. It was heartwarming to see so many of our MAC tribe members come together to commemorate this significant day. We were inspired and moved by the performances from the African Culture Connection and loved seeing so many of of our members The Omaha Star, Omaha Public Power District, Metropolitan Community College, Gamble Tech Firm, 95.7 The BOSS, The Essential Gathering Place, and Home Team Auto Sales Omaha Community Foundation, Black Men United, and so many others represented at the event. #Juneteenth #FreedomDay #NAACP #NorthOmaha #AfricanCultureConnection #MACTribe #Community #Celebration #Emancipation #CulturalHeritage #wepitchblack #Midlandsafricanchamber

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Thank you to the Women’s Fund of Omaha for partnering with us for our Suit Up program and helping collect business clothing for our youth and young adults.

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What our members are saying

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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