TAAACC Makes Alamo City History with their Annual Conference in San Antonio while celebrating 30-years of service
The Texas Association of African-American Chambers of Commerce (TAAACC) hosted their Annual Conference in San Antonio; celebrating 30-years of service to the community September 26-28, 2018. TAAACC, being one of the oldest Black business leagues in America, their true lineage stretches back to the mid 1920 providing a strong foundation for Black entrepreneurs to grow and cultivate their professional practices in the Lone Star State. President of TAAACC, Charles O'Neals states more and more businesses are migrating to the “Lone Star” state, as Texas establishes itself as one of the leading forces in job creation.
Commissioner Tommy Calvert Jr., Precinct 4, Speaks at TAAACC Conference/ Observer Staff
"TAAACC’s conference was really super and I'm so glad to have beenable to participate! The very best I’ve attended" said Zarinah Shakir, local business woman who joined the chamber on the spot after realizing the significance of the “advocacy, research and training”, which elevates Texas Black business and brings more ownership to Black communities.
President Charles O’Neal said “Texas has been leading in the formation of business. Unfortunately, many of those aren’t located within the Black community.” The theme of this historic event, “We’re on a Mission,” embodied the fortitude of this organization by recognizing what makes the Chamber a pillar within the community.
Chairman Christopher Herring, Conference Chairwoman Deborah Omowale and
Deborah Omowale, TAAACC Conference, San Antonio 2018 / Observer
President O’Neal used their statewide resources, experience and influence with San Antonio's local community to execute the conference generating over $107,000 of financial support and in-kind donations from Black businesses. The corporate partners included H-E-B, AT&T, Southwest, Altria; the Black business partners included New Horizons School, BOWA Construction Management, George E. Johnson Properties, LLC, the San Antonio Observer, Don Mooney Enterprises, Strategique, 1-800-Plumber, Avista Products and River Walk Publishing. Access to Capital partners included Liftfund, and Woodforest National Bank; Tax Payer public agencies that contributed to the success of the Black chamber included Bexar County, CPS Energy, VIA, Brooks, City of San Antonio TCI & EDD, Edwards Aquifer and Port San Antonio. There were more companies who donated but it is important to underscore the importance of public and private investments. “Our Chairman really did a great job to communicate the importance of this conference” says President O’Neal.
One investment, not expected came from the 300 San Antonio, fueled TAAACC’s vision of incorporating Black college business students and aspiring entrepreneurs into the conference. Chairman Herring and Dr. Brian Rowland organized 25 students from 11 different colleges to participate. Texas A&M San Antonio, Our Lady of the Lake University, UTSA, St Mary's Univeristy, Texas State and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities came from Huston-Tillotson University, Paul Quinn, Texas Southern University, Prairie View A&M, and Alomo College District's St Philip's College.
TAAACC Conference 2018, San Antonio, Texas
Two students wrote TAAACC and said: "Thank you for your graciousness and welcoming hospitality. I definitely found the conference to be a building block in my quest to become a successful entrepreneur and role model to my community." Malachi Peterson, W.E.B. Dubois Scholar, Golden Key Honor Society. Huston-Tillotson University.
"The conference was a great learning experience for my peers and I. Everyone welcomed us with open arms, clearly eager to share their knowledge with us. This experience prompted myself to think more deeply on what kind of business person and member of society that I aspire to be. From the panels and one-on-one conversations about being a black person in the business world, I realized that there a lot of trials and tribulations a person will go through, but it is how you respond in times of adversity that really matters and my goal is to remember that. I enjoyed my experience and can't wait for next year's conference! " Sahimelique Roebuck, Huston-Tillotson University.
“As always, our goal is to present information that both chambers and business leaders can use to be more effective in pursuit of our common goal – stronger, more profitable businesses that understand business’ role in solving the challenges faced by Black Texans,” said Charles O’Neal, President of TAAACC. “The dynamic growth of Texas’ Black population coupled with exponential growth in the number of Black-owned businesses puts Texas squarely among national leaders in efforts to improve Black lives by creating solutions.”
The convention was filled with insightful and thought-provoking seminars and exercises instilling a new perspective to African-American community. "We really enjoyed the opportunity to create meaningful value for our 24 local chambers and their members. All presentations were very well attended and the bar has been set high. We have another opportunity in December to honor African Americans in business with the Governor's Office. TAAACC negotiated San Antonio as the place for the Governor's Small Business Forum to be held on December 13, 2018 and we will be working with local planning partners to ensure success once again. For more information, go to TAAACC.org to secure sponsoring the state chamber needs to ensure your Black Business Voice is heard", says Chairman Herring.