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HOUSTON CITIZENS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CELEBRATES 75 YEARS OF SUCCESS

The Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce (HCCC), the nation’s second oldest Black chamber, is hosting a week of events to commemorate its 75th anniversary and support its Educational Achievement Award scholarship fund.

“As the 2nd oldest Black chamber in the nation, the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce predates the civil rights movement, serving as one of the few organizations devoted to African-American business owners during that era,” HCCC president, Eric Lyons said.

Since 1935, the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce has served as an advocate for African-American business owners and professionals in the Houston area. From its beginnings, 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.

Today, the Chamber remains focused on how to impact and provide advocacy, awareness and access to African-American businesses within the community. In its effort to remain a prevalent resource in the black community, the HCCC will honor its vibrant past, present and future with a variety of events starting, Sunday, July 18th.

HISTORIC DEDICATION
Recently designated by the state of Texas as a Historic Organization, the HCCC will highlight its achievements over the past 75 years at its Historic Marker Dedication Ceremony, Sunday, July 18th at Texas Southern University in the New Science &Technology Building at 3 p.m. Speakers will include Texas Southern University President, Dr. John Rudley and Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce Board Chair, Carroll Robinson. After the ceremony, attendees will make a pilgrimage from TSU to the HCCC located on Wheeler Avenue, for the unveiling of the Historic Marker.

CELEBRITY GOLF TOURNAMENT
The Historic Dedication will be followed by the Chamber’s first annual Celebrity Golf Tournament, Wednesday, July 21, at Wildcat Golf Course. The tournament will support the HCCC’s Annual Educational Achievement Awards which spotlights and awards local high school students scholarships.

NATIONAL BLACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL CONFERENCE
As the nation’s second oldest Black chamber, HCCC will be the local host for the National Black Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Conference, July 22 – 24. This annual meeting will bring together both fledgling and thriving businesses, and help them make corporate connections while attending training and networking to grow in these challenging times.

EVENTS LATER THIS YEAR
This year also marks the 16th anniversary of HCCC’s Pinnacle Awards, honoring excellence, tenacity and dedication of entrepreneurialism. The October 8th, black-tie gala is themed, “75 years of Excellence, Empowerment and Endurance” and will feature a silent auction and keynote address from The Honorable Alexis Herman, former Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration. Nominations in three award categories will be available from July 15 to August 13 at www.hcccpinnacleawards.org.

For information or tickets to any of the Chamber’s 75 year events, please call 713-522-9746 or send an e-mail to info@hccoc.org.

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