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Houston Area Black Community Leaders Collaborate to Address Community Issues

HOUSTON, TX — Houston area Black businesses, professionals and advocacy organizations will join forces at the 2012 Houston Black Leadership Forum, Thursday, February 9th at 6 pm to discuss key issues in the community and allow participants and guests the opportunity to network.

According to Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce (HCCC) President, Eric Lyons said. “We will discuss a variety of topics including civic engagement, business growth , and professional career trends and how to not only impact yourself, but also impact the community.”

The Houston Black Leadership Forum will take place at Rice University in the Shell Auditorium and will be hosted by the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce and the National Black MBA Association and sponsored by Who’s Who in Black Houston and Rice University.

National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) Houston chapter president, Carl McGowan, stresses the importance of Houston leaders serving as the foundation and cornerstone in maintaining a thriving community.

“We as organizations are all committed to improving the quality of life in our communities,” McGowan said. “This level of collaboration is huge step forward in our collective progress.”

Invited panel guests include:
Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce – Eric R. Lyons, President & CEO
Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce – William Traylor, Chairman
The National Black MBA Association, Houston Chapter – Carl McGowan, President
The Houston Lawyer’s Association – Antoy Bell, President Elect
The Houston Medical Forum- Dr. Garfield Johnson- President
The Houston Area Urban League- Judson W. Robinson III, President & CEO
The Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals – Elijah Williams, President
American Association of Blacks in Energy, Houston Chapter – Terry Stringer, President
Across the Track PAC – James Donatto Sr., Founding Member
Conference of Minority Transit Officials – Kimberly Williams
Key PAC- Felix Chevalier, Chairman
National Association of Black Accountants – Latarsha Brazle, President
National Association of Health Service Executives – Carlton Innis, President
National Sales Network – Carmen Herrera, President
National Society of Black Engineers – Johnny Gant, HAE Chair
Houston Real Estate Association- Courtney Johnson-Rose, President
NAACP- Rev. Reginald Lillie, President
Texas Black Expo – Jerome Love, President
National Association of African American HR Professionals-Arquella Hargrove, President
100 Black Men (Metropolitan Houston Chapter) – Frazier Wilson, President

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

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.

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