The Oldest Voice for Black Business

– SINCE 1900 –

The National Coalition for Economic Inclusion

The National Business League (NBL) is a 501-C (6) not-for-profit trade association for Black businesses throughout the country and internationally. The organization was founded 119 years ago by the legendary Booker T. Washington in 1900, to serve towards the economic advancement and independence of Black businesses.

The NCEI is a national initiative to measure, hold accountable, to develop and influence policy that will create a platform towards economic equity and inclusion. The NCEI was founded, November 14, 2018 the day Booker T. Washington died on November 14, 1915 in Detroit, Michigan with the formation of the Detroit Coalition for Economic Inclusion (DCEI) the inaugural and founding chapter.

Several Black organizations united to form the DCEI, including the National Association of Black Women Contractors, Real Estate Association of Developers and the Michigan Minority Contractors Association.

The mission of the National Coalition for Economic Inclusion shall be to promote economic inclusion, within a strategic collaborative, amongst professional and commerce-driven organizations, to serve as an advocate for city-based and domiciled Black businesses, to assist public, private, government agencies and stakeholders, in further development of policies that encourage participation and opportunities, while, also holding accountable through equitable measurement, companies benefiting from public dollars and tax-payer investment.

The National Coalition for Economic Inclusion vision is to eliminate exclusion in the local marketplace, by enforcing and leading inclusion, through commerce-driven engagement, exchange and execution, of opportunities for qualified Black-owned businesses, who have the capacity, scope and scale, to support current and future needs, within the local economy, to increase entrepreneurial prosperity, amongst firms, who have been marginalized, isolated and excluded from the process.

The purpose of the National Coalition for Economic Inclusion Initiative is to enforce an inclusive economic landscape and environment where Black-owned business can intentionally participate, due to the elimination of barriers and exclusion from the marketplace.


Voice at the Table, Not on the Menu

The Detroit Coalition for Economic Inclusion

Black Business Owner Economic Confidence Survey


Business leaders across industries say the barriers prevent fair competition in the marketplace for economic equity and inclusion. This is the first of a three-part result.

Detroit– A new survey has found that nearly 80-percent of Detroit’s leading 100 black business owners feel left out of the current economic boom and are not getting a fair shot at public and private sector development opportunities.

The Black Business Owner Economic Confidence survey asked local business owners across industries about their attitudes regarding market opportunities and contracting in commercial development and purchasing in the city of Detroit. The survey was conducted over several months with businesses primarily based in the city and was conducted by the Detroit Coalition for Economic Inclusion, a national initiative of the National Business League, Inc.

“In a city that is 80-percent black, this is unacceptable,” says Darwyn Parks, Chair of the DCEI. “We must find ways to address what is clearly institutional, systemic and pervasive racism in the private sector that is excluding rather than including black owned businesses in our local economy.”

The survey found that 68.42 percent of the city’s leading black owned business have a negative outlook on black business growth in 2019. Some 67.83 percent of the owners surveyed said they do not “feel included and able to fully participate in the economic growth happening in the city of Detroit.” Nearly 80-percent – 78.35 — of the city’s leading black business owners said they do not feel as if they are getting a “fair shot” at winning substantive development contracts for well-known projects such as the District Detroit building renovations, David Stott Building, Wayne County jail site, Hudson’s site, Gordie Howe International Bridge, Wayne State University’s Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments, Henry Ford Hospital Brigitte Harris Cancer Pavilion, FCA plant construction, Joe Louis, East Riverfront, etc…

“The challenges we face as a community are all too real,” says Alisha M. Moss, president and founder of the Detroit Chapter of the Real Estate Association of Developers. “I hear the frustrations firsthand from African-American developers working hard to make their dreams a reality. There are more than 150 black developers in the city – none have been given the opportunity to develop a mega project downtown.”

“Numbers don’t lie, data and facts matter,” says Ken Harris, Ph.D., the NBL national president and CEO. “Survey results show, we have serious work to do removing barriers to economic equity and inclusion in Detroit, the region and throughout the state. The response is alarming”

DCEI Coalition members also include Jason Cole, chair of the Michigan Minority Contractors Association; Bryan Cook, Treasurer, Detroit Chapter, National Association of Architects; Tylene Henry, Detroit President, National Association of Black Women in Construction; Alisha M. Moss, President, Detroit Chapter, Real Estate Association of Developers; and Tarolyn Buckles, President National Association of Minority Consulting Engineers

The National Business League (NBL) is the oldest trade-association for Black businesses throughout the country founded in 1900 by Booker T. Washington, headquartered in Washington, D.C. The NBL represents 2.9 million Black-owned businesses across the country and throughout the globe with regional offices in Detroit, Los Angeles and Atlanta. Survey reviewed by university professors for 3rdparty validity.