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Developing connections among Multi-Cultural businesses within our community

Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce, a 501©3 organization, is a membership organization dedicated to offering products, services and educational programming for multi-cultural business-owners and professionals within the Beaufort and neighboring communities. Our mission is dedicated to the economic empowerment of African American communities and small businesses in Beaufort County.

  • Networking Opportunities
  • Business Development
  • Marketing Assistance
  • Access to Capital
  • Procurement Opportunities
  • Business Referrals

BCBCC Board Members

Leroy Gilliard, Board Chair
Anthony Dore, Vice Chair
Shellia Jenkins Ward, Secretary
Gary Littlejohn, Treasurer
Anita Prather
Doniella Chives
Viola Smalls
Deborah Martin
Michael Marshall
Carl Austin
James Simmons

BCBCC Executive Director, Marilyn Harris

Marilyn Harris relocated to Beaufort County in 2015. During this time, she has planted deep roots in the community. Currently serving as a Commissioner with the Beaufort Housing Authority, Harris is also a member of the Board of the Coastal Community Foundation and a member of Women United, a committee of the United Way of the Lowcountry. Harris has served on the Boards of other local non-profit organizations including Second Helpings, SCORE, the Boys and Girls Club of the Lowcountry and has, with the United Way, partnered through Women United to launch Mimi’s Closets, and education support initiative that was created to provide school supplies to preschools and elementary schools throughout the Lowcountry.

In addition to her Board service, Harris has supported several Beaufort County assistance programs. As Beaufort County Program Coordinator for the Collaborative Organization of Services for Youth (COSY) and the Collaborative Organization of Services for Adults (COSA), Harris worked for the Department of Human Services. In addition, she served the County as the Lowcountry Affordable Housing Coalition facilitator.

Before she arrived in Beaufort, Harris held leadership roles in the U.S. and in Europe for the Federal Government, including the Department of the Army, the White House, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Department of Veterans Affairs

BCBCC Mission

The Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce (BCBCC) is dedicated to the economic empowerment of African American communities and small businesses. Our Board of Directors meets on the first Tuesday of every month, and the public is welcomed to attend.

BCBCC Purpose

Our organization goal is to provide opportunities, products and educational programming for emerging professionals and entrepreneurs to expand their networks and increase their personal wealth.


The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do.

The Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce looks to enhance educational, cultural, and social experiences for young professionals.

Years in business


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Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce: ‘Working Together, We Can Make A Difference’

The Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce has come a long way since its founding in 1999. Starting from an idea, about $5,000 and a handful of members, the chamber has grown into a multi-million dollar organization that takes its mission seriously and is – literally – changing the face of Beaufort County.

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Beaufort, SC 29902


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Sat & Sun ….… Closed