Community Engagement

The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama supports multiple volunteer-driven entities designed to address specific community issues or the needs of particular demographic groups in the community.

Diverse Business Council

In 2012, the Chamber launched the Minority Business Council, but recently change its name to the Diverse Business Council. Although its mission is to foster the growth and competitiveness of minority owned businesses in West Alabama, DBC provides inclusive programming that is beneficial to a diverse workforce. The DBC's objectives are:

  • Provide a network of support that will help advance minority businesses.
  • Strengthen minority owned businesses through strategic planning and effective leadership.
  • Address educational, financial and business concerns of minority owned businesses.
  • Facilitate workshops and other educational opportunities for entrepreneurs to improve business skills, enhance knowledge, training and seek funding sources.
  • Assist in encouraging relationships and partnerships with all businesses to ensure sustainability and success.
  • Build a minority prospect base to be used as a recruiting source to fill leadership roles within the Chamber and other civic organizations.
  • Empower minority owned businesses, utilizing resources from the Chamber and local government, to improve the local economy.

Carolyn Tubbs
Director of Education Programs
(205) 391-0556 |

Veterans' Affairs Council

While the West Alabama region may not include many active duty military personnel, it does include a significant number of National Guard and Reservists, and is home to over 80,000 military veterans. Beyond that, the region has a rock-solid tradition of support to our current and former military members and their families. And, Tuscaloosa is home to a 1,000-bed U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Recognizing the importance and the uniqueness of these current and former military members, the Chamber maintains an active Veterans’ Affairs Council. This Council focuses on building strong ties between the business community and our military and veterans. It also focuses on local issues unique to the military and veterans community.

In addition to the  veterans who permanently reside in the region, the local colleges and universities attract a significant number of younger veterans, many of whom have recently returned from war. In fact, in 2014 the University of Alabama was recognized as one of the top military-friendly universities by the Military Advanced Education Magazine. Even though this group of young veterans may be transient to our community, we, nevertheless, feel a strong level of commitment toward them. The Veterans’ Affairs Council pays particular attention to this group.

The Chamber’s Veterans’ Affairs Council supports the annual Run for the Wall, the largest and longest organized cross-country motorcycle run of its kind in the world. The motorcyclists travel from Caifornia to Washington, DC and from DC to Marseilles, Illinois every May with over 1,800 participants annually. We strive to maintain a safe, supportive and private atmosphere in which all particpants can reflect and heal on their journey to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, and the Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial in Marseilles, Illinois in the hope they can return home to a new beginning.

The  Veterans’ Affairs Council is an example of volunteers, many veterans themselves, working together to strengthen our community and improve the quality of life of veterans and their families.

Marlee Williams
Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
(205) 391-0555 | 

Nonprofit Council

The Chamber's Nonprofit Council strengthens the collaborative relationship between our local nonprofit organizations and business partners, building capacity of non-profits in our community.

Providing a venue for nonprofit organizations to network, exchange ideas, and collaborate, the Nonprofit Council aids organizations in receiving revenue, resources, and recognition.

Alicia Gregory
Senior Director of Programs and Operations
205-391-0561 |

Women's Leadership Alliance

Civic-minded women in West Alabama can enhance their leadership skills, contribute to the community, and fulfill their personal and professional potential through the Women's Leadership Alliance.

Originally founded in 1958 as the Women's Division of the Chamber, the group has always sought ways for members to contribute to charitable organizations. Today's WLA fosters opportunities for members to participate in education, collaboration, goodwill, fellowship, and personal growth.

The group holds lunch-and-learn style events, as well as annual charitable luncheons to benefit local organizations.

Alicia Gregory
Senior Director of Programs and Operations
205-391-0561 |

Young Tuscaloosa

Young Tuscaloosa is Tuscaloosa's newly-relaunched young professional organization for individuals between the ages of 21-40. Young Tuscaloosa's mission is to connect and network with other young professionals, engage with and serve the Tuscaloosa community, and develop leadership and professional skills in young professionals in Tuscaloosa.

For more information or to become a member, visit

Alicia Gregory
Senior Director of Programs and Operations
(205) 391-0561 |