Upstate Minority Economic Alliance-(UMEA) 2018 Annual Report

Upstate Minority Economic Alliance-(UMEA) Issues their 2018 Annual Report, the following are highlights, for more information see link below.

Located in the Central New York, the Upstate Minority Economic Alliance-(UMEA), is the only chamber of commerce for minorities and professionals of color in the 16 county Upstate New York region. As the cradle of resistance during the abolition movement, Central New York represents perseverance in the face of adversity. In spite of the many economic barriers faced by minority owned firms, we have galvanized to form a voice of advocacy for the region. We are unprecedented, yet already immensely important to the economic landscape of Central New York. For additional information click on images below and/or the following link “Upstate Minority Economic Alliance“.


Founded in 2015, by a group of minority professionals, the board of directors hired its first Executive Director, Rickey T. Brown in 2017. We secured our first state funding opportunity in 2017. At present, we are an economic barometer of the region’s minority-owned businesses. When our businesses compete, the region wins.

As your regional advocate, UMEA strategically focuses on increasing opportunities for minority and minority women-owned businesses and expanding the economic impact of our membership. As a magnet to help attract funding to the region, UMEA draws on strong local, regional and national relationships to the benefit of our entire economy.

The Upstate Minority Economic Alliance is the only Chamber of Commerce for professionals of color in the 16 county Central New York region. With over 11,000 businesses in the area owned or operated by minority- owned businesses, the importance of regional representation becomes clear.


Harnessing the economic power of the minority community for the benefit of the region.


To create greater regional prosperity through enhanced minority economic opportunity.

2018 The Year of Access

Forty Under 40

The UMEA would like to recognize our Forty Under 40 Award winners. We recognize the spirit of collaboration and also thank our partners, CNY BIZ Journal for inviting us to judge this year’s winners.

Congrats to all! VINI, VIDI, VICI.

Winners(L-R): Tatiana Parker, Renette Releford, Tamika Barnet, Indaria Jones, Tammy Reese, Lanessa L. Chaplin.

UMEA Assisted Projects 2018
  • 5 REDC Based MWBE’s
  • New Members 135 New Businesses
  • Donors and Sponsors: $150,000 including sponsor and member dues
  • Total Jobs 50

$ 17.3 Million Investment Opportunities

UMEA Professional Development 

Dr. Adriane Morton UMEA Grant Writing


Deborah Little UMEA Patent Process


Dr. Shanelle Benson Reid UMEA Executive Development

James Paterson UMEA Project Management

UMEA 2018 Annual Report