December 26, 2017


“Upstate Minority Economic Alliance is a nonprofit organization operating in Central New York: we work as a chamber of commerce on behalf of minority business owners and as an agency for economic development on behalf of professionals of color.”




To harness the economic power of the minority community for the benefit of the Upstate and Central New York region.


To create greater regional prosperity through enhanced minority economic opportunity.


Partnership With CenterState CEO

Just over three years ago, leaders in the minority community began discussions with executives at CenterState regarding the possibility of creating the region’s first minority chamber of commerce. Continued discussions made it clear that an alliance between CenterState and the community leaders could create an organization robust enough to make a significant contribution to the area’s economy.

As a symbol of the new partnership between CenterState CEO and Upstate MEA, both organizations presented the inaugural Minority-Owned Business of the Year Award at the CenterState CEO Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at the Oncenter.