About Us

We work as a chamber of commerce on behalf of minority business owners and as an agency for economic development on behalf of professionals of color.

Our History

Founded in 2015, UMEA remains the only Minority Chamber of commerce in the 16 county upstate new york region. Our mission is harnessing the economic power of the minority community for the benefit of the Upstate and Central New York region.

Our board of directors is compromised of some the region's most prominent members and organizations. Sensing the need to address poverty rates in the region, our board began exploring means and initiatives to combat an economy plagued by economic disparity.

What We Do

Membership

We offer membership to the only minority chamber of commerce in Central New York. Consisting of 16 counties, UMEA represents a broad list of interests, industries, and professionals of color,

Peer To Peer

Our peer to peer networking is some of the strongest in the region. Our network doesn't follow trends. It sets them. Networking, social enterprising, and cooperative economics at work. under one umbrella

Business To Business

Our businesses are engaged across the region and support their local economies and other members through business to business connections.

Community Engagement

We offer membership to the only minority chamber of commerce in Central New York. Consisting of 16 counties, UMEA represents a broad list of interests, industries, and professionals of color,

Executive Coaching

Our peer to peer networking is some of the strongest in the region. Our network doesn't follow trends. It sets them. Networking, social enterprising, and cooperative economics at work. under one umbrella

Business Networking

Our businesses are engaged across the region and support their local economies and other members through business to business connections.

Community Events Calendar

Upcoming community events in CNY

The Upstate Minority Economic Alliance introduces our Executive Coaching series for emerging entrepreneurs. Dr. Shanelle Benson-Reid, UMEA member and founder of Global Enterprises, LLC, delivers the first of our culturally competent, courses tailored for professionals of color.

Dr. Shanelle Benson-Reid

Executive Coach

Professional women of color have to navigate various challenges in their professional lives. A strong work-life balance is critical to your performance. Dr. Juhanna Rogers, helps you navigate the world with a few shared experiences.

Dr. Juhanna Rodgers

Executive Coach, Entrepreneur

If you are familiar with the not for profit world then you know just how critical grant writing is to sustaining your organization. Learn the critical elements of procuring grant funds by improving your grant writing skills.

Dr. Adrianne N. Morton

Professional Grant Writer

Professionally Ceritifed Life Coach Tyrone Dixon joins our all-star line up of professional coaches. With area expertise in relationships and professional development, Tyrone brings much needed perspective and advice to your work life with a zen like approach to finding work life balance.

Tyrone Dixon

Certified Professional Coach

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