Economic Empowerment Committees

The NAACP DC Economic Empowerment Committee (EEC) is committed to promoting racial equity, economic development and economic empowerment within the Black community. The Economic Empowerment Committee is comprised of two subcommittees, including the Black-Owned Businesses Sub-Committee and the Financial Capability and Stability Sub-Committee.

Black-Owned Businesses The objective of our Black-Owned Business Sub-Committee is to build capacity of Black-Owned Businesses, heighten business visibility, establish business scale and increase successful business start-ups, while changing community mindsets to support Black-Owned Businesses.

Financial Capability and Stability The objective of our Financial Capability and Stability Sub-Committee is to increase the number of financially stable black individuals and households in DC through increasing the percentage of relevant and streamlined services available to DC Black residents, providing financial education courses that address specific needs and increasing visibility of service providers and the resources available to low-income Black residents. Our committee plans to execute these objectives while seeking to shift the mindset around stability and wealth creation.

"Strengthening the Black Dollar" Campaign The NAACP DC Branch Economic Empowerment Committee is implementing a "Strengthening the Black Dollar," Campaign. The purpose of this campaign is to encourage black consumers to strategically leverage our $1.2 trillion dollar buying power into Black-Owned Businesses to strengthen the economic empowerment within black communities. This campaign will increase the visibility of Black-owned business and shift the mindset of our community to understand the importance of buying Black and reinvesting within in our community. The NAACP's "Strengthening the Black Dollar" Campaign includes developing 3 resource tools to support Black-Owned Businesses and the Financial Capability within black communities.


  1. Black Business Directory: A directory to identify black-owned businesses in the Washington, DC area and serve as a resource tool for black businesses to collaborate.
  2. "How to Start Your Business" Toolkit: An interactive web-based toolkit to guide individuals interested in starting their own business.
  3. Financial Resource Guide: A guide to financial, affordable housing, shelter, education, income, and health-care resources available to residents in the District of Columbia.

Devaugh Jones, Economic Empowerment Committee Chair