Texas Association of African American Chamber Joins the USBC
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
U.S. Black Chamber, Inc.
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
"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
"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
"Further, these chambers will benefit from the USBC’s advocacy
efforts aimed at advancing a national black business agenda,” he added.
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
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.
the Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce
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.
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.