About UBC

Meet Our Board

We’re an award-winning multidisciplinary team based all across Utah; with chapters in Salt Lake City, Utah County, Northern Utah, and Southern Utah.

Our passion for entrepreneurship drives us to create engaging partnerships that improve the lives of black professionals and business leaders across the state.

We work with businesses and people to create a more equitable Utah.

Founder, President

James Jackson, III

James Jackson, III serves as the Supplier Diversity Program Manager as Zions Bancorporation, where he is responsible for building relationships with capable diverse suppliers who can provide goods and services across the enterprise. Mr. Jackson has worked in various areas of the financial industry for almost 20 years, and found his passion serving and building his community. In conjunction with his role at the bank, Mr. Jackson serves on several boards of directors, and is the founder of the Utah Black Chamber.

Since its inception in 2009, the Chamber has grown to not only serve black-owned small businesses in Utah but has become the premier organization connecting and engaging Utah’s Black community and building bridges for inclusion. From the Chamber, James started or helped start several other programs to elevate Utah’s diverse community, including the Black Success Center, Living Color Utah and the Utah Diversity Career Fair.

Mr. Jackson is often sought after by various communities, government, and corporations for guidance related to topics of diversity & inclusion. Such inquiries prompted Mr. Jackson to start his own business focused on providing coaching, training, teaching leadership, and organizational development. He has been a speaker and trainer at several organizations throughout the state guiding them towards building a more welcoming environment and has written articles for Utah Business Magazine on diversity and leadership. At the end of 2020, Mr. Jackson,, along with 24 authors around the world, published the book, “Leading Through the Pandemic: Unconventional Wisdom from Heartfelt Leaders.” At the beginning of 2022, James facilitated the Utah Black Chamber’s book publication, “Black Utah: Stories from a Thriving Community.”

As a native Utahan, Mr. James Jackson, III is committed to the social and economic growth of the black and overall diverse community. His goal is to further promote Utah diversity with the hopes of it becoming a more attractive destination for people of color.

Chairman

Steven Johnson

Government Relations Chair

Maria Loftis

Business Development Chair

David Stahl

Corporate Relations Chair

Laura Stireman

Values

The Utah Black Chamber's values are rooted in advocacy, representation and financial enrichment. Since our inception in 2009, we've wanted to cultivate a chamber culture that demonstrated our devotion to improving Utah's business community by connecting a pipeline of resources to underrepresented and minority owned businesses across the state.

We lean heavily on "Allyship", believing that if we all work together to create thriving small businesses and develop recognized professionals, we will keep Utah as the state with the best economy in the nation.

Pillars

Advocacy: Advocate for inclusive policies

With a bi-partisan approach, we advocate for legislation that promotes small business funding and growth, particularly policies that address the challenges of Black business owners and professionals in Utah.

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Equity: Always champion diverse and equitable workplaces

Our core focus is to provide Utah leaders and organizations the tools needed to achieve pay parity, a diverse ecosystem, and equal opportunities in the workplace.

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Education: Continue to educate and upskill our members

We are committed to building educational programs that promote professional, entrepreneurial,
and academic excellence.

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Enterprise: Build Enterprises that inspire people

We leverage our role as a statewide organization to provide technical training to our community and facilitate the sharing of “best in the industry practices” to our members.

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Enrichment: Create networks that enrich our lives

We build spaces for people to come together, increase their networks, and gain the resources necessary to grow their businesses and brands.

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