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Greater Houston Black Chamber Announces Finalists for the 2013 Pinnacle Awards at VIP Nominee Reception

The Greater Houston Black Chamber (GHBC), the nation’s second oldest African-American chamber, is announcing the finalists for its prestigious 19th Annual African American Business Achievement Pinnacle Award, Upstart Award and Advocate Award at a VIP reception that will be held on Thursday, August 29th at 6:30 pm at Column A located at 1521 Austin St.

The Greater Houston Black Chamber established the Pinnacle Awards in 1994, and is celebrating 19 years of recognizing outstanding businesses. The Pinnacle Awards are the most prestigious awards in honor of Black-owned businesses.

The Pinnacle Award

All companies nominated for the Pinnacle Award may have met the many challenges facing businesses and found a way to positively impact the communities and industries they serve. They are professional, capable and are committed to maintaining a high quality business operation worthy of the Pinnacle Award.

The Mack H. Hannah, Jr. Upstart Business Award

The Mack H. Hannah, Jr. Upstart Business Award recognizes a burgeoning business on the path to entrepreneurial greatness that has been in operation less than 2 years.

The Advocate Award

The Advocate Award was created to honor organizations that have been true champions for African-American small businesses in the Greater Houston Metropolitan area. These organizations diligently work to ensure the stability and growth of small businesses through its diversity supplier programs, community outreach and education.

The Advocate Award recipient shares the Greater Houston Black Chamber vision to enhance the quality of life in the African-American business community and is committed to empowering, doing business with and/or providing business opportunities to African-American businesses.

Additional information regarding this year’s Pinnacle awards ceremony is available at

About the Greater Houston Black Chamber

Since 1935, the Greater Houston Black Chamber (formerly the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce) has served as an advocate for African-American business owners and professionals in the Houston area. Seventy-eight years later, the organization’s mission and vision has flourished, reflecting the needs and growth of its members. GHBC 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, GHBC 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 GHBC President Eric Lyons at 832.350.4222.


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