The Future is Now! For Black Business

September 27, 2017



Austin, Texas - Black Businesses do have a reason to celebrate as the Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce (TAAACC) will provide statewide recognition to deserving business leaders who are going above and beyond to provide excellent business products and services. 


TAAACC will host its’ 17th Annual Black Business Conference at the Hilton Austin Hotel, starting on Thursday, September 27 and concluding on Friday, September 28, 2017.   At the conference, the 22 Chambers of Commerce, that make up the voice of the 250,000+ Black owned businesses in Texas, will provide their report that talks about the state of their city chamber.  This update will provide a deeper understanding of the common problems, for example a shared under representation in state procurement efforts, to things that are vastly different, how each chamber may raise support through unique signature events.  


TAAACC and the local Black chambers of commerce, share a commitment to improving the lives of Black Texans by opening doors of access to an expanded economy.


“Local, state, national and global events add urgency to our work this year, and call for a renewed commitment to that work – while demanding that all of us find new ways to join our efforts for mutual benefit” said Charles O’Neal, TAAACC’s President.


“The speakers, panelists and experts you’ll get to know this year are all reflective of the urgency that says The Future is Now! Through a grueling Legislative Session, crisscrossing the state with our agency partners to deliver our Professional Services Roundtable Series, back to Austin for our new TAAACC Policy Breakfast Series on the campus of Huston-Tillotson University, a hugely success Black Business Day at the Capitol, and through countless meetings and interactions with business owners across the state, it has been made crystal clear that we don’t have time to waste. We must harness our collective economic power if we are to survive the current less-than-friendly environment” he continues.


Before the Opening Plenary Session, golfers will kick-off with an annual golf tournament fundraiser on Wednesday, September 26th at the Avery Ranch Golf Club.  Honorary Chair, David Atkins, former San Francisco 49ers and NFL coach will lead the golf challenge play. 


The 2017 Conference theme “The Future is Now will be focused on by Reverend Frederick D. Haynes of the Friendship West Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas with a follow-on panel discussion concerning the role of the Black Church in ensuring economic vitality.   Panel members, in addition to Haynes, will include Rev Michael Brown from San Antonio’s True Vision Church and Dr. John Sibley Butler.


Headline national speaker and author, economist, Mr. William M. Cunningham, and Awards Gala Speaker, Patricia Harris, Board Chair, Association for Enterprise Opportunity will round out the conference messaging.


There is no question that we are up to the task.   The resilience we’ve demonstrated through storms both literal and figurative proves that we can survive.  The test is now to THRIVE!  With the fastest growing Black populati


on in the nation, with the highest rate of business formation in the nation, in the best economy in the nation – it’s our time to shine (and make money)” concluded  President O’Neal. 


Registration information for the Golf Tournament and the 17th Annual TAAACC Annual Business Conference is online at    



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