Join the M.O.V.E.MENTFor over 15 years the African American Chamber has offered the most robust set of minority business programs in the region, and helped hundreds of businesses grow. Despite our best efforts, the African American community continues to have:
An unemployment rate that is 2X the rest of the population
Largest disparities in education and wealth in the nation.
If we were to just spend 1 dime of each dollar made make with African American owned companies, we would have stronger companies and create 1 million jobs nationally.
While African American buying power exceeds $1 trillion (the 17th largest economy in the world).
We can change this. MOVE with us.
Join the M.O.V.E.ment
We are launching a new initiative: M.O.V.E. (Making our Own Vibrant Economy). Our focus is on galvanizing people and resources across our own communities and investing them in activities that grows our own businesses, create our own jobs, and supports tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. With significant challenges facing our businesses owners, the Chamber needs your support now more than ever. Please join the M.O.V.E.ment.
Your gift of $100, $500, $1,000 or $5,000 can make all the difference. Please consider making as generous a gift as you can. Our goal is to raise $50,000 in resources for our entrepreneurs by December 31, 2015.
To make a donation by mail, send a check payable to:
African American Chamber of Commerce
2945 Gilbert Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45206
Visit us at our office to make a donation in-person.
Call us at 513-751-9900
Progress comes from investment from people like you, we need your help.
All proceeds go to the African American Chamber’s Education and Resource Foundation, a 501c3 organization that provides new business tools, programming, and business education for our entrepreneurs.
President and CEO
Special Feature: Black Business Hall of FameJoin us on Tuesday, February 24th at 5:30pm for the 1st Annual Black Business Hall of Fame Reception as part of the USBC Solution Series.
The Greater Cincinnati region plays host to a vibrant African
American business community. When you walk the streets or
pick a news publication, there are many examples of African
American business success all around us. There are many
African American business owners who have achieved national
recognition, regional prominence, and local credibility for
their achievements. Upon moving to Cincinnati, what I found
astonishing was that in every corner of success, there was a
story. These stories shined a light on decades spent laying
a foundation that created the very platform upon which our
most successful business owners now stand. These are stories
of the significance that African Americans have played in the
history of this region, in the history of the country.
The stories and their lead characters have been unsung.
Too few people realize that many distinguished individuals
faced the realities of their time (racism, discrimination,
segregation) and created an undeniable and lasting imprint
of their strength that transcends generations. They found
success when no one thought they could be successful; they
built businesses where they weren’t invited to play, and most
importantly, they developed individuals that looked like
themselves, when there existed a perception that we lacked
the talent to perform.
In the pages that follow you will experience a century of
heroes and a piece of Cincinnati history. For example,
there was a period where “The black athletes and the black
musicians could not stay in the Downtown hotels because of
the color of their skin. So, my father took it upon himself to
do something about it,” states Horvena Sudduth Alexander,
the daughter of serial entrepreneur Horace Sudduth as she
expounds on the creation of the Manse Hotel in Walnut Hills.
Duke Ellington, Count Basie and the King/Godfather of Soul,
James Brown, signed the guest book of the 108-room Walnut
Hills landmark. These music greats often crossed paths with
Manse guests who made their living playing baseball. That
group included no fewer than five future Hall-of-Famers:
the Cincinnati Reds’ Frank Robinson, the Dodgers’ Jackie
Robinson and Roy Campanella, the Braves’ Hank Aaron and
the Giants’ Willie Mays. You will learn about William Cargile
III and Schuyler Smith where upon their foundation, we find
today’s largest minority owned construction companies and
cornerstones of many historic projects that can be found in
the skyline of this wonderful city. Individuals like C. Smith and
Robert O’Neal serve as visual historians of black Cincinnati’s
past and its current expression through photography and art.
Icons such as Marjorie Parham (The Cincinnati Herald), Archie
Sherman (Sherman’s Flower Shop), and Julian and Gayle
Renfro (Renfro Funeral Services) created enterprises within
our neighborhoods that served as the crossroads of vibrant
We have reason to be proud of them and record the legacy
of entrepreneurship that they have built. The Black Business
Hall of Fame is not only a suitable memorial for the citizens
of today, but a proper incentive to the younger generations.
We thank you for your support of our inaugural class of
distinguished business leaders. Be inspired by their stories
and do something great.
President & CEO
Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky
African American Chamber of Commerce
Business DirectorySean Rugless Among CVB Award RecipientsTHE CVB ANNOUNCES 2014 SPIRIT AWARD WINNERS: AFRICAN AMERICAN CHAMBER PRESIDENT SEAN RUGLESS AMONG RECIPIENTS
CINCINNATI, OH, March 4, 2015 – Judge Tyrone Yates, State Representative Alicia Reece, Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, African American Chamber President Sean Rugless, Ishton Morton and the Cincinnati NAACP Chapter received The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau Spirit of Cincinnati USA Champion Award for Convention & Meeting Sales for their work in bringing the NAACP 2016 Annual Convention to Cincinnati....
For the complete story, go to CincyUSA.comMembership Orientation on March 26thMembership Orientation: Navigating the Chamber
Date: March 26, 2015
Time: 1:30PM – 3:00PM
African American Chamber
2945 Gilbert Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
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