Your guide to Birmingham’s Black professional organizations

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YBP is the perfect mix of professionalism and fun. Photo via YBP President Justin Dates

Looking to get involved in Birmingham’s black professional networking scene? Here’s your chance. Whether you’re an accountant, business owner or simply want to build your network, we have an organization for you.

1. Young Black Professionals of Birmingham

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YBP mixers are the perfect place to meet new people. Photo via YBP President, Justin Dates

Young Black Professionals of Birmingham (YBP) is for the ambitious and hard-working. YBP’s mission is “to strengthen the community of black professionals within Birmingham through networking, to share ideas, events and resources to bring a positive change in the Magic City.” This organization is not only for professional networking though. Each month the group hosts a volunteer event and mixer. On November 14th YBP will be hosting a “young professionals day party mixer” at Cassanova Lounge.

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2. Birmingham Urban League Young Professionals

BULYP members at a community food drive
BULYP held food drives throughout the pandemic for families in need. Photo via BULYP Instagram.

Birmingham Urban League Young Professionals is a volunteer organization with Birmingham Urban League. The goals of BULYP are to “promote civic participation, financial literacy, and real-world education.” To join the Urban League Movement, attend their next general interest meeting on October 21 (via Zoom)

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3. 100 Black Men of Metro Birmingham

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These men are changing the lives you Birmingham’s youth. Photo via 100 Black Men of Metro Birmingham’s Instagram.

This organization has four programs: Dream It, Build It, Grow It and Share It. The organization members meet twice per year for strategic meetings to discuss ways of building the community through mentoring. Then, they do it by working with inspired youth in need of role models. You can find these men supporting children on their first days back to school around the community and other events.

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4. Ignite Alabama

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This organization is helping minority business owners grow their businesses. Photo via IGNITE! Alabama facebook

Ignite Alabama or IGNITE! is dedicated to educating and supporting minorities with a special focus on black business owners in health and wealth. This educational organization hosts sessions with topics such as covid relief loans, how to do business with the government, expense reports and how businesses obtain credit.

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5. National Association of Black Accountants Inc.

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Who says accounting is only for the guys? Photo via NABA Birmingham’s Facebook.

If you’re a numbers person, the National Association for Black Accountants is for you. NABA is dedicated to uniting accountants and other business professionals, as well as accounting and business students, who are committed to professional and academic excellence. NABA has multiple programs including corporate partners, career development and community service. A benefit of membership? All NABA members receive 25% off Wiley test prep products.

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6. Black Techies of Birmingham

Black Techies of Birmingham keeps local black techies “updated with what’s going on in the local tech ecosystem, tech learning opportunities, and provides insight into various career paths.” If you’re a vlogger, graphic designer, gamer or even a digital marketer, this organization is for you.

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Are you planning to join one of these organizations? Let us know @BhamNow.

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