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Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce and National Black MBA Association Launch Economic Empowerment Initiative

The Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce (HCCC), the nation’s second oldest African-American chamber and the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) – Houston Chapter are launching an Economic Empowerment Initiative, supporting Black businesses in the Houston Metropolitan Area.

Through the recruiting efforts of the NBMBAA, 100 members have volunteered to participate in this pilot program. The participants will financially patronize 30 business members of the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce during a six month period, in a collaborative demonstration project designed to support black-owned businesses and economic development. The actual amount the members spend with the businesses will be tracked and measured on an individual and aggregate basis.

The NBMBAA Houston Chapter President, Carl McGowan, said this initiative was influenced by similar programs in largely populated African-American cities.

“We’ve heard about individuals taking on this effort in cities like Chicago and Atlanta,” McGowan said. “So it seemed only natural that with our combined resources, our organizations could create a tremendous platform for measurable economic impact and business development in the city of Houston.”

HCCC President, Eric Lyons, has stressed the importance of maximizing the opportunity to increase awareness of Black owned businesses and assisting those businesses in patronizing the organizations that support them in an effort to grow the economic capacity of the African-American community.

“With much of the nation’s attention focused on the economic state of the country, HCCC has kept the needs of black business owners on the forefront, proving itself to be a premier organization focused on the prosperity and growth of Black entrepreneurs,” Lyons said.
Today, the Chamber remains focused on how to impact and provide advocacy, awareness and access to African-American businesses within the community, he said.

About the National Black MBA Association – Houston Chapter

Formed in 1983, the Houston Chapter of the National Black MBA Association was created to empower Blacks who have or aspire to pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees in business and related disciplines. The chapter has members representing all levels of business management from a wide array of disciplines including finance, education, IT, marketing, law, and engineering, as well as entrepreneurship.

The National Black MBA Association leads in the creation of educational opportunities and economic growth for Blacks. The organization focuses on providing innovative programs to stimulate their intellectual and economic growth, Building partnerships with key stakeholders who help facilitate this growth, and increasing awareness and facilitating access to graduate management education programs and career opportunities in management fields.

About the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce

Since 1935, the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce has served as an advocate for African-American business owners and professionals in the Houston area. Seventy-five years later, the organization’s mission and vision has flourished, reflecting the needs and growth of its members. HCCC has provided value to members, area businesses and the community and has remained committed to assisting African-American businesses succeed within the local community.

For additional information visit or contact HCCC President Eric Lyons at 832-350-4222 or NBMBAA Economic Development Chair Mathis Conner at 832-515-4128.

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