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Happy Black Business Month By Lord Mic

The cause for summer celebrations continues as the country steps into Black Business Month. In 2004 our dear friend and Chairman of the San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce, Fred Jordan, teamed up with John William Templeton, President and Executive Editor of eAccess Corporation, to have August recognized as National Black Business Month, in an effort to draw attention to the needs of Black entrepreneurs. This is a great opportunity to bring awareness and strategic engagement to the pro-Black business agenda, so if you have or are involved with a Black-owned business, please share it with us at so that we may recognize and celebrate you too!

We’re extremely excited to welcome the Illinois State Black Chamber’s State Conference back to the breezy Fall format this September 14th & 15th. Please save the date and begin making your plans now to join us in celebrating relationships, spotlighting our successes and unparalleled business networking. The time is now to get prepared to capitalize on our “1 on 1 Matchmaking Sessions”. Please give some thought to which professional relationships could immediately add significant value to your brand. What major corporations, universities, and State and City agencies would you like to do business with? We’re ready to get your business relationships cued up and the sky’s the limit!

This year we are featuring focus panels on:

  • The Power of Black Media…making it work for us.
  • Join our Entertainment panel ft. top industry professionals, actors and entertainers
  • Access to Capital…. the changing world of Banking
  • The Power of Energy…what it’s going to look like in Illinois
  • The Cannabis Industry…vast opportunities and where it is headed.
  • Doing business in the HealthCare industry/your wealth in health.

Experience premier business networking for yourself! Register today to celebrate the return to positioning for success with the Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce at our 16th Annual State Conference, September 14th & 15th. Please visit our website for a link to the registration portal at

“The Wake Up Show”, hosted by President Larry Ivory and Malcolm Weems charges forward every Saturday morning on Chicago’s WVON 1690am! The live & interactive show is also simulcasted via live stream across the social media platforms and the Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce official YouTube channel. We welcome you to join the discussions.

This month’s focus series is on contracting in the technology industry and understanding the myriad of opportunities as well as the plethora of obstacles to accessing those opportunities. There’s plenty more insightful and actionable dialogue to be shared so you don’t want to miss any of the critical conversations with Chamber leadership and our special guest subject matter experts addressing the most concerning issues for Black businesses and communities. They’ve also delivered some of the most comprehensive progress reporting to date on such pressing issues as imbalanced supplier diversity contracting among some of the largest higher education institutions and healthcare systems in Illinois. The fight for true equity continues!

Please, join our live stream or listen in live to help us build towards implementing solutions together every Saturday morning at 9.

As the clouds that have darkened the past year and a half begin clearing out for sunnier skies & better days, the horizons are bright indeed for Illinois’ Black business community, so stay tuned and stay engaged! Please know that the Chamber is always here to help YOU position for success! Helping you begin your journey of personal and professional growth on the right foot is very important to us!

Get a bird’s eye view of what’s important to the Black business community by texting ILBCC to 22828 for a free subscription to the Chamber Business NewsJournal.

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