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Texas Association of African American Chamber Joins the USBC

Wednesday, March 09, 2011  
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Statewide Recruitment Effort Brings Texas
Black Chambers Into the USBC Network

Washington, DC—March 9, 2011—Today, the United States Black Chamber, Inc. (USBC) and the Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce (TAAACC) announced that TAAACC and its 15 member chambers will come on board as members of the U.S. Black Chamber. In addition, TAAACC will encourage its six associate member chambers to join the USBC network. The announcement comes after USBC President, Ron Busby, met with TAAACC President, Jim Wyatt, and Texas’ Black chamber executives to discuss how the USBC can assist in the growth and development of local chambers.

"Having TAAACC and its member chambers join the USBC is a monumental accomplishment for this organization,” said Ron Busby. "This is a major step toward building a national network of chambers that will allow us to have our hand on the pulse of Black businesses around the country.”

TAAACC is one of oldest Black business leagues in America. It was established in the mid 1920’s as a means for providing Black business owners the opportunity to participate in mainstream commerce due to being denied opportunities for membership in local chambers of commerce. In 1926, a small group of Black businessmen in Dallas established the Dallas Negro Chamber of Commerce, today known as the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce. In 1988, the Texas Association of Black Chambers of Commerce was officially formed and, in 1993, changed its name to the Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce. Since its inception, TAAACC has continued to grow in size and influence and currently represents more than 10,000 Black businesses throughout the state.

"Our decision to join the U.S. Black Chamber was a strategic one,” said Jim Wyatt, president of TAAACC. "Our goal in Texas is to grow the capacity of our local chambers and the USBC offers programs and services that will help us realize this goal.”

"Joining the U.S. Black Chamber makes perfect sense,” commented Charles O’Neal, member of the USBC Board of Directors and president of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce. "African-American owned businesses face many of the same challenges. Working with the USBC, the Black chambers of Texas will gain access to resources to help their business members overcome these challenges.

"Further, these chambers will benefit from the USBC’s advocacy efforts aimed at advancing a national black business agenda,” he added.

The U.S. Black Chamber is the fastest growing national Black business network in the country and has experienced steady growth since the organization’s launch two years ago. As part of its mission, the USBC offers a number of programs and services that support its Five Pillars of Service: Advocacy, Access to Capital, Chamber Development, Entrepreneur Training, and Contracting. The organization’s focus on chamber development is aimed at helping black chamber executives build the skills needed to manage and grow successful chambers. To do this, the USBC offers professional development and technical assistance programs, including the USBC School of Chamber Management, which will be held this July in Washington, DC.

About the U.S. Black Chamber
The United States Black Chamber, Inc. (USBC) provides committed and visionary leadership and advocacy in the realization of Black economic empowerment. Through the creation of resources, education, and initiatives, we support Black chambers of commerce and business leagues in their work to develop and grow Black enterprises. We are an economic force and represent a powerful constituency. There are 1.9 million privately held Black-owned businesses across every industry sector in the United States. We employ over 921,000 workers, and we generate $137.5 billion in annual revenue. To learn more about the USBC, our advocacy agenda, and our national network of Black chambers, visit www.usbci.org.

About the Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce

During its 20 plus years of existence, the Texas Association of African-American Chambers of Commerce (TAAACC) has been a leading voice in the African-American business community. It is a non-profit organization and serves as a "think tank" for its members, thereby strengthening, stimulating and providing positive advocacy, while disseminating useful data that is beneficial to African-American businesses and communities.

Since its inception, TAAACC has been a leading advocate promoting the development and enhancement of local African-American chambers of commerce, and supporting business members that represent an array of industries. As such, TAAACC interacts directly with the legislative, judicial and executive branches of government to influence public policy. Our goal is to continue being an informational and resourceful conduit to help our members thrive and prosper. Learn more about TAAACC at www.taaacc.org.


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