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HOUSTON, TX – The Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce (HCCC), the nation’s second oldest African-American chamber, will induct former Pinnacle Award winners in its Inaugural Hall of Fame Ceremony, Thursday, June 16th ,6 p.m. at Column A located at 1521 Austin Street.

For the past 16 years, the Chamber has hosted the Pinnacle Awards honoring excellence, tenacity and dedication of entrepreneurialism in the African-American business community. Sponsored by UPS, this Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction is honoring past recipients of the award who have maintained a successful presence in the community.

“We are recognizing former Pinnacle Award Winners that have continued to support the chamber and make an impact in their industry and the Houston community,” Eric Lyons, president of the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce said.

The Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce established the Pinnacle Awards in 1994, and is celebrating 17 years of recognizing outstanding African – American businesses. The Pinnacle Awards are the most prestigious awards in honor of Black owned businesses.

This year’s inductees include Annette Cluff, Superintendent of the Varnett Public School, Carla Lane, CEO of Lane Staffing and McConnell Jones Lanier & Murphy (MJLM).

The Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce’s 17th Annual Pinnacle Awards will be held Friday, October 14, 2011 at Hilton Americas Hotel.

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.

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. Today, the Chamber remains focused on how to impact and provide advocacy, awareness and access to African-American businesses within the community.

For additional information visit or contact HCCC President Eric Lyons at 832.350.4222.


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