About us
Why Black BRAND?
Black BRAND is a 501(c)(3) organization that stands for Business Research Analytics Networking and Development. Black Brand’s mission is to promote group economics through professional development and community empowerment. Coming on the heels of many tragic events our community has faced nationwide, we seek to unify the black dollar by providing financial literacy, entrepreneurship training, and networking resources.

Company history
How did our organization come about?

June 25, 2016
The beginning
On June 25, 2016, at the Slover Library (235 E. Plume St.) in downtown Norfolk, the first meeting for Black BRAND commenced under the meeting name Economic Empowerment and Group Economics hosted by Everyday Activism, which is a grassroots organization that address social ills that plague the Black community. Everyday Activism was started by Co-Founders of Black Brand—Bashiri and Blair Durham.
July 30, 2016
Initial Officers Selected for Appointment
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The following meeting was on Saturday, July 30 at the home of Bashiri and Blair Durham. During this meeting, a presentation was given by Dr. Neale Jackson, who gave a presentation on unity and described the Sanfoka bird and spiritual aspect of the organization. Within this meeting, the name “Black BRAND” was adopted and officers were selected for leadership.
August 2016
First Dues Collected
First dues were collected in August 2016 of $50 per household for the leadership team and organization meeting dates were established.
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Experienced team
Our team comprises of field experts and community leaders
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Blair Durham
Co-Founder/Co-President
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Bashiri Durham
Co-Founder/Co-President
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Bert Bergan
Chief Operations Officer
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Keisha Reynolds
Chief Communications Officer
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Arifay Joyner
Chief Executive Officer
Tiffany-delk
Tiffany Delk
Historian
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Nikki Harris
Treasure
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Community Projects
7
Awards Given
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Chamber Members
12
EXECUTIVE TEAM
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