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DE222 Honoree: Ayanna Khan

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Title: Founder, President & CEO

Ayanna Khan

Workplace: Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce

Alma Maters: Park University, Wilmington University

Boards: World Trade Center Delaware Board, Governor’s Supplier Diversity Council, ABC Delaware DE&I Committee, C.A.S.E. Committee, R.O.C. Committee

Q&A: Best advice for your younger self? “Embrace the journey and take your time. I was always eager to conquer the world, but there is no timetable on success. Success is not a race, rather it’s a journey with ups and downs and twists and turns. So embrace the journey and learn from it.”

Sensing a need amid the COVID pandemic in 2020, Ayanna Khan founded the Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce (DEBCC) with an aim to provide a platform for Black entrepreneurs and professionals to connect, collaborate, and thrive. Under her leadership, the chamber has grown exponentially in a short amount of time, becoming a powerful advocate for more than 600 business members in the state. She understood the need because she too is an entrepreneur, launching small business consulting firm Khan Consulting LLC in 2015. The DEBCC was named the 2023 National Black Chamber of Commerce of the Year in recognition of its tremendous efforts.

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