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CAAO’s BESTT (Base, Enhanced, Sustaining, Trust Builders, Trust Builders Plus) is a unique annual individual donors program. Benefits of being one of CAAO’s BESTT includes:

  • Quarterly Round Table Meetings with all of CAAO’s BESTT Donors
  • Deeply discounted services from professionals
  • Select executives to meet with one-on-one
  • Business owners can promote their business for 4 weeks on the CAAO website at no cost
  • CAAO seeks out corporations to do business with CAAO’s BESTT entrepreneurs
  • Annual spring gathering to network, make executive selections, and present CAAO awards

Donation Levels

Base Level ($120 – $399 per year)

  • Free or discounted attendance to CAAO and other events
  • Listing in at least one CAAO program book
  • One or two management and speed networking
  • Access to a variety of discounts
  • Free or discounted tickets (i.e. sports, movies, plays)

Sustainable Legacy ($800 – $1,499 per year)

  • All of the Base and Enhanced benefits
  • Third choice of 3-4 meetings with key executives
  • Third choice of business speed networking meetings
  • Four hours of coaching
  • Special thank you gift

Trust Builders PLUS ($3,000+ per year)

  • All of the previous benefits
  • Free entrance to all CAAO events
  • First choice of 5-6 meetings with key executives
  • First choice business speed networking meetings
  • Logo and ad on CAAO website year round
  • Free ad in any CAAO program book
  • 24 hours of coaching per year for you or your designee
  • Named endowment founder and supporter

Enhanced Level ($400 – $799 per year)

  • All of the Base benefits
  • Free entrance to at least two CAAO events
  • Fourth choice of 2-3 business meetings
  • One hour of coaching
  • Exhibit opportunities and CAAO lapel pin

Trust Builders ($1,500 – $2,999 per year)

  • All of the Base, Enhanced, and Sustainable Legacy benefits
  • Second choice of 4-5 meetings with key executives
  • Second choice of business speed networking meetings
  • 12 hours of coaching per year for you or your designee
  • Name on plaque in CAAO office



At the CAOO, we strive to create positive change by addressing issues related to education, entrepreneurship, and empowerment in the African American community.  If you are interested in giving back to your community, our staff can find the perfect volunteer opportunity for you. Working with a variety of nonprofits located throughout the region, we are uniquely positioned to find opportunities that best fit the needs of the community.

Volunteer Opportunities Include:

  • Coaching for business owners or those looking for career advice
  • Leadership Retreat Volunteers
  • Executive Matchmaker Volunteers
  • CAAO Youth Innovation Forum Team Mentors
  • CAAO Ambassador Volunteers
  • Exhibit Table Volunteers
  • Social Media Volunteers

Volunteer Requirements:

  • From 3 hours to 8 weeks of your time
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Exercise professional and timely communication

Contact Us to learn more about volunteering.

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