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General Admission tickets for Chain members are $ 20 each.

General Admission tickets for Guests are $ 25 each.

ALL  CASH  at  the  Door

Holiday Gala & Fun-raiser
Phoenix Event Center   810 Fayetteville St.   Suite 101   Durham NC






























Party with a Purpose on Saturday December 7, 2019 from 7 pm - 11 pm to raise funds for the Durham Business & Professional Chain (The Chain).  The Chain is a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is increasing the individual and collective wealth position of black people in Durham and the Triangle. Our 12-month program of events is designed for busy business and professional people seeking to give themselves an edge over the competition.  

You're invited to celebrate the start of the holiday season with an elegant evening of holiday merrymaking, dining, music  and dancing. Enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres, beverages and cash bar all while partying with a purpose and raise funds  The Chain. Bring your dancing shoes and some friends and ring in the holiday season in style. After-five attire is suggested.​

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   Economic Agenda for

Durham's Black Economy

Building  a  Vibrant  Black Economic Sector

Building a vibrant and sustainable economy for Black Durham has been one of The Chain's missions since its founding in 1937.

You're invited to help us chart the way to the future  -- the future where there is equitable access to public resources, access to capital and where the playing field is leveled and driven by talent and not by entitlement.

The Chain's Economic Development Committee will resume meeting in February 2020 and we welcome your input to this important process.

It all starts with a plan that includes all voices who have an interest in the improvement of Black economics in Durham and the Triangle.

Next meeting dates are  Tuesday February 4 and February 18, 2020 at 6 PM at the Phoenix Event Center (810 Fayetteville St.  Suite 101, Durham NC).

For more information, contract Larry Hester at 919-624-9472.

Durham Black Business Success

Succeeding Against the Odds

On Saturday October 12, 2019 the Durham Business & Professional Chain (The Chain) celebrated “Durham Black Business Success” in a day-long tribute to nine Black entrepreneurs and businesses formed from 1887 to 1950 who are still operating in the Durham community. The honorees shared stories that are rich in the history of an overcoming people who placed Durham on the map as a place of excellence for the world to behold.

The honorees were Burthey Funeral Services, Durham Business & Professional Chain, Ellis D. Jones & Sons Funeral Home, Mechanics & Farmers Bank, Mrs. Mozella McLaughlin, North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, Scarborough & Hargett Celebration of Life Center, Speight’s Auto Service Center and The Carolina Times.

This event was FREE to the public and was a Durham 150 event celebrating the 150th anniversary of Durham's founding. Guests took self-guided multi-media tours, viewed films and engaged in group discussions about dynamics of Durham's black business history. 

The event was an opportunity to learn about Durham's black business history as well as all current black business and professional people.It's also a great educational opportunity for young people who need to know the "real" history behind the hype about black business in our city.

View the photo album of the event at https://www.facebook.com/pg/durhambusinesschain/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10156599510448016

FREE SEMINAR:  Fundamentals of Business & Real Estate Financing


Thursday  November 14, 2019

6:00 pm

Phoenix Event Center

810 Fayetteville St.  Suite 101

Durham  NC


Durham's economy is booming and now is the time to increase personal and business investment in Durham and the Triangle.  Learn more about financing options for businesses and commercial investments at our November seminar "Fundamentals of Business & Real Estate Financing" . Bring your questions and get the answers. 

Our presenter is Alicia Spivey Johnson who is Alicia Spivey Johnson is a wife, mother and self-proclaimed “serial entrepreneur,” Alicia Spivey Johnson was born in New York and raised in North Carolina. Upon graduation from King College in Charlotte, NC, Alicia moved to Raleigh-Durham, a place that would prove to be a great catalyst for her entrepreneurial spirit.

Alicia is a Financial Commercial Consultant with 26 Commercial Capital where she is a Certified Personal and Business Credit Specialist.

 Register for this FREE event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fundamentals-of-successful-business-commercial-real-estate-financing-tickets-71218485407.

Durham NC  Black-Owned  Dine-In Restaurants

Nzinga's Cafe

Nzinga's Cafe

Durham has a long legacy of participation in the hospitality industry --  from hotels, restaurants, catering, bed & breakfasts and more recently food trucks and pop-up events.

See our handy Black-owned restaurant guide below to let you know where to go to dine-in in the Bull City.

Palace International

Catering By George

True Flavors Diner

Beyu Caffe


Chicken Hut

Saltbox Seafood









Thanks to Angela Thornton and Rebecca Jackson Artis for presenting a ton of information at our May seminar "How I Used Social Media to Build My Brand".  

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