WELCOME TO THE

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK ENTREPRENEURS

Washington Chapter

NABE is an association that advocates for economic equity and opportunity for black contractors.

Black Excellence = Change for ALL

Our model combines the three pillars of economic opportunity for black people and communities by working on behalf of black economic interests in; Policy, Business and Community.

About Us

The National Association of Black Entrepreneurs was established in 2021 by its Founders, Jessie and Drea Baines. NABE was inspired by the pioneering spirt of the segregation era when many free blacks created thriving enterprises and communities with little more than their own ingenuity and relationships.

Mission

To increase sustainable pathways for black economic equity and legacy through advocacy and enterprise.

What We Offer

Black-owned contracting firms have long been underutilized in the trades sector. A 2019 Disparity Study conducted by WSDOT showed that .5% (avg) of all public works projects were awarded to Black-owned construction companies.

270 years of enslavement, followed by over 100 years of segregation, followed by only around 60 years since gaining civil rights has led to a severe lack of access to economic resources. Black contractors don’t typically have access to long standing relationships within the industry, which creates an impossible situation for accessing capital and leveraging better pricing for volume business.

This is where NABE is taking the lead through the BCF to raise funds to support creating, establishing and improving local Black owned construction companies. We advocate on behalf of our community to find innovative ways of working with large companies who share in our mission to help level the playing field.

Vision

We will leverage the power of cooperative economics to decrease the wealth gap for black communities over the next ten years. We will use our business model to ensure that black communities are no longer displaced through neighborhood reinvestment and that our economic interests and involvement are represented.

Values

Our values are rooted in black American history. The resilience and vision of our ancestors is what gives us the strength and ability to face systemic oppression today. Today is what we’ve all worked so hard and fought so long for. Today is our chance to establish what we’ve earned, lay claim to what we’re owed, and move boldly towards a new effort that is supported by technology, social media, and increased access to knowledge and methodologies. Today is our gift to ourselves.