AUSTIN – The Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce (TAAACC) will host Black Business Day at the Capitol on Friday,
April 20, 2018. This year’s event will harness the energy of business owners, chamber leaders, elected officials and the Black Press to develop a policy-setting agenda for the upcoming Texas legislature.
“This year we’ve invited The Texas Legislative Black Caucus, the Texas Association of Black City Council Members and the Texas Publishers Association (The Black Press) to join with chambers and business owners,” said TAAAC President Charles O’Neal. “Our goal is to lay the foundation for our Legislative Agenda for the 2019 Legislative Session. We have worked hard to increase understanding of the connection between legislative policy and economic growth, as well as how public policy determines the distribution of public resources.”
“More than 300 business owners attended last year,” said TAAACC Chairman Christopher Herring. “We expect this year’s event will signal a new, broader base of commitment to make the Texas economy work for all businesses. It is critical that we harness the heightened awareness of our political muscle.”
The day will begin with a welcome at the Texas African American History Memorial on the south lawn of the Capitol grounds prior to the opening ceremony in the Capitol Auditorium.
“The volume of state spending across the board is unprecedented,” said O’Neal. “We expect that our members from around the state will benefit from the relationships they will form during Black Business Day at the Capitol activities.”
State Senators Royce West and Borris Miles, State Representatives Yvonne Davis, Ron Reynolds, James White, Barbara Gervin-Hawkins, Toni Rose, Nicole Collier, Shawn Thierry, and Eric Johnson are among Texas Legislative Black Caucus members expected to be in attendance along with members of the Texas Association of Black City Council Members and the Texas Publishers Association.
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Mr. Charles O'Neal with President Ron Busby