BLACK BUSINESS GALA P H O T O G R A P H Y BY R O N A L D PA R K E R O F A R T I J E P H O T O G R A P H Y The Greater Durham Black Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit with the primary goal of investing in the growth and development of black entrepreneurs and businesses, hosted its sixth annual Black Business Gala at the Durham Armory on February 1. Over the years, the event has facilitated the investment of more than $100,000 in black-owned businesses. This year’s gala honored Rep. MaryAnn Black, associate vice president for community relations at Duke University Health System, as its 2020 Woman of the Year; and also honored Jim Stewart, principal at Stewart, Martin & McCoy and board chairman of M&F Bancorp, as its 2020 Man of the Year. Triangle Business Systems, Student U and Morehead Manor were also recognized with business awards.
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1 Morehead Manor Owners Monica Edwards and Daniel Edwards.
4 Former Mayor Bill Bell and Al Bass of Self-Help Credit Union.
2 Dorian Bolden, president of Beyu Group Inc., and entrepreneur Frederick James, co-founder of Versixx.
5 Allister Cooper, Durham County Commissioner-Elect Nida Allam and Ameshia Cooper.
3 Dr. Elaine Hart-Brothers, Mayor Steve Schewel and Student U’s Alexandra Zagbayou.
6 Greater Durham Black Chamber of Commerce (GDBCC) President/CEO CJ Broderick, Triangle Business Systems President Ryan Major and GDBCC Board Chair Larry C. Borders.
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