Greater Fort Wayne Inc. and Black Chamber Fort Wayne are formally joining forces. The organizations have signed a memorandum of understanding they say will allow each other to share resources in an effort to better serve their members and the community.
As part of the partnership, Black Chamber Fort Wayne will utilize GFW Inc.’s address as its new mailing and corporate address and will utilize space within GFW Inc.’s office for Black Chamber meetings.
“Our organizations have been collaborating for several years now; this agreement just expands that relationship and puts it in writing,” said John Urbahns, president of GFW Inc. “We’re happy to continue working together with Black Chamber Fort Wayne. When both of our organizations—and all of our members—succeed, the entire community wins.”
The alliance also allows members of both organizations to receive “members-only” pricing to events held by each organization.
“This alliance makes both of our organizations stronger,” said Ramadan Abdul-Azeez, Black Chamber Fort Wayne’s board president. “Not only does it free up resources for us to better serve our members; it brings our leadership teams and members closer together. I’m excited to see those interactions blossom into partnerships that make our community a better place to live, work, and play. We sincerely hope that this partnership offers a signal of growth potential for Black-owned and minority businesses citywide.”
The organizations say they plan to remain independent while sharing resources.