The 2nd Annual CCMERA Business and Leadership Awards Gala: Nominations Now Open

Central Coast Minority Enterprise Resource Affiliates (CCMERA) is excited to announce that nominations are now open for the 2nd Annual Business and Leadership Awards Gala. This esteemed event, which celebrates the remarkable achievements within the Black, African American, and underserved minority communities, is set to take place on February 3, 2024 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Oxnard/Camarillo.

A Celebrated Tradition Continues

Following the resounding success of the last gala, which saw influential leaders like John R. Hatcher III (Posthumously), BJ Ward, and Adam Casillas and Richard Ramos being honored, this year’s event is poised to be even more spectacular. Corporate entities including Wells Fargo Bank, and Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones, & Feingold, L.L.P., that embrace CCMERA’s mission were also recognized. The Gala theme this year is “The Influence of Small Business: Community, Culture, Economy, Wealth”, which recognizes the significant role of small and micro-businesses in shaping our community’s future.

Spotlight on Our Community’s Finest

The Gala will feature an array of community influencers and notable figures. Previous attendees included the late Supervisor Carmen Ramirez, Commissioner Jesse Herrera, and LaRita Montgomery, whose contributions to the community have been invaluable. Testimonials from past awardees, also including the inspiring words of Perry B. Martin, Jr., previous keynote speaker, highlight the impact of this prestigious recognition.

Nominations Open to the Public

We encourage the community to nominate businesses and individuals that exemplify leadership, innovation, and commitment. Categories for nomination may include Affiliate of the Year, Corporate Award, Echo Boomer Award, Entrepreneurs Award, and several others. Nominations can be submitted through until December 11.

Join Us for a Night of Excellence and Inspiration

The 2024 Business and Leadership Awards Gala promises an evening of inspiration and celebration. In addition to the awards, guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner, entertainment, and unparalleled networking opportunities in an elegant setting.

“We are thrilled by the impressive array of nominations we’ve received, each highlighting the extraordinary talent and unwavering commitment thriving in our communities,” expressed Chondra Williams, Director of Events at CCMERA. “Our gala transcends being just an event; it’s a vibrant celebration of entrepreneurial spirit, a testament to community resilience, and a tribute to the outstanding achievements that define us.”

For more information about the event, nominations, and tickets, please visit or contact

About CCMERA: Central Coast Minority Enterprise Resource Affiliates (CCMERA) is dedicated to fostering the growth and success of minority-owned businesses and entrepreneurs in our community. Through advocacy, education, and empowerment, we strive to create a more inclusive and prosperous future.

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