May 26, 2018
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Nelson to succeed Cornelius Eason, who will remain on the Urban Chamber Board


Las Vegas, NV--  The Urban Chamber of Commerce today announced that Debra Nelson will become President of the business organization, effective November 23, 2009. The appointment follows the resignation of Cornelius Eason who will remain a member of the agency's volunteer governing board.


Eason cited increased professional and personal responsibilities as the reason for relinquishing his leadership role. "I am pleased that the Urban Chamber continues to be a viable and important entity in our community. I will continue to be involved in the promotion of African American businesses and will strive to help create a sustainable business environment for our members," he said.


Under Eason’s leadership, the Urban Chamber instituted a series of business roundtables to inform members about services to aid their business success.  Also, the Urban Chamber was among the first organizations in Southern Nevada to offer workshops to educate the business community about federal stimulus funds. Additionally, the organization continued its tradition of partnering with companies and individuals to award scholarships to college-bound students. In 2008, the Urban Chamber re-introduced the Annual Awards Gala to recognize members and volunteers for significant contributions in business and in the community.  Planning is now underway for the 2009 awards gala that will be held November 14, 2009, at Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino.  


"Cornelius has been a passionate and tireless advocate for the Urban Chamber and for our members; we are fortunate to continue to benefit from his service," Nelson said.  "I am proud to be among the community of leaders such as those at the Urban Chamber who are dedicated to helping our members grow and thrive," she said.


Along with Eason, Ms. Nelson was elected in 2007 to serve a three-year term on the Board of the Urban Chamber of Commerce.  She is expected to complete the remainder of Mr. Eason's term that will expire in August 2010. Previously, she served as the organization's Vice President.  Other Chamber officers include Jerrie Merritt, Vice President; Janice Spears-Turk, Secretary; and Al Barber, Treasurer.


Ms. Nelson is also Vice President of Corporate Diversity & Community Affairs at MGM MIRAGE. Since relocating to Las Vegas nearly five years ago, she has distinguished herself through corporate and community service. She serves on the Community College of Southern Nevada Foundation, Las Vegas-Clark County Urban League, Boys & Girls Club of Nevada, and Nevada HAND.  She is founder of the Las Vegas Women of Color Conference and a member of The Links and the Coalition of 100 Black Women of Las Vegas.  Additionally, she is recipient of numerous awards for community service and professional contributions.




The Urban Chamber of Commerce is an advocate for the creation, growth and general welfare of African American businesses in the Las Vegas community. It actively promotes the expansion of business opportunities on behalf of its members through referrals, partnerships, seminars, technical assistance and marketing. Additionally, the organization focuses on economic and business development, education, convention/tourism and special projects.

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