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African American Chamber Of Commerce Of Western Pennsylvania

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Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development

Mission: The mission of the african american chamber of commerce of western pennsylvania is to continuously improve business and professional opportunities for african american business owners and professionals. Guided by the core values of equity in opportunity, economic advancement, self-sufficiency and entrepreneurial excellence, we will seek to advance economic parity for the african american business community by insuring full participation in the public and private sectors throughout the region.

Programs: The african american chamber of commerce has grown the membership from 28 paid members in 1998 to over 520 members as of december 31, 2013, and is ranked the 10th largest chamber in the region. This includes developing a diverse membership of african americans, whites, hispanics, and latinos, 72 corporations serve as sponsors of the organization. These sponsorships contribute to the support of ongoing financial operations. In addition, corporations have instructed their procurement officers to send bids and proposals to the chamber for distribution to the membership. The organization serves as an information and resource center, and conducts 'how to do business workshops'. These workshops, held at various corporate locations, are developed to ensure that members are aware of company requirements, and the protocol for obtaining contracts. On average, over 3,500 requests are received each year from government and non-profits to distribute their requests for products and services. The chamber's business institute, established in 2003, has had over 3,100 business owners and professionals participate in programs to strengthen their business acumen in the areas of finance, legal, information technology, and marketing and communications. The chamber also serves as the advocate for minority and small business owners on such issues as public, legislative and policy matters that affect its membership.

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