Urban Savannah’s 2015 Holiday Social Black Tie Event: Raising the Bar and A Black Chamber of Commerce


The Beach Institute was host to the classiest event in town on Saturday, December 19, where Urban Savannah hosted their 2015 Holiday Social. The third floor of the elegant museum was transformed with a red-carpet entry and a heavy hors d’oeuvres and champagne spread which led attendees into the dimly lit cocktail area for the night’s announcements and networking. A live jazz duo played to the ball gown and tuxedo-clad crowd, as the champagne and chocolate truffle bar kept glasses full and smiles on mouths.

The mistress of ceremony, WSAV’s Tina Tyus-Shaw led the crowd through an evening of information and inspiration. A live musical performance by the soulful Kimberly Gunn put the added touches on what one guest referred to as, “The nicest event I’ve attended in Savannah, in years.”

John Voner, President and CEO of Ubran Savannah and the newly formed Urban Savannah Foundation LLC, announced the formation of a new Black Chamber of Commerce (Urban Savannah Chamber of Commerce) which is on track to launch in early 2016. The crowd gave a standing ovation as this event was evidence a black chamber of commerce is no longer just a thought, it is here.

Urban Savannah launched in early 2015 and began hosting weekly after hours mixers at various lounges around Savannah and the metropolitan surrounding area. The brand’s reputation grew quickly as the only professional mixing event around town for black emerging professionals and entrepreneurs.

By mid-year, a paid membership incentive was created which has helped fuel the momentum to form a formal chamber. An exploratory meeting with local business owners and leaders, was held on December 8th and the next meeting is scheduled for January 25th at 6pm and will be held at the West Broad Street YMCA. This meeting is open to those who RSVP by emailing: 4urbansavannah@gmail.com. For more information visit www.urbansavannah.org

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