Mr. Alford is the Co-Founder, President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce ®. Ms. DeBow is the Co-Founder, Executive Vice President of the Chamber.
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COMMENTARY: Meet National Black Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Among states, Georgia had the largest total number with 256,848 black-owned businesses and accounted for 9.9 percent of the nation’s black-owned businesses, according to Black Demographics. Black businesses comprise 26% of Georgia businesses which is the second largest percentage in the nation. In 2018 Georgia ranked number one in the U.S. for small business climate and number two for most startups by women. […read more]

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Symone Sanders Challenges Individuals to Use and Activate Everyday Spaces to Make Change

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Awarded with the auspicious “Impact Leader Award,” an honor, which recognizes individuals committed to public service in spite of tremendous personal risk, Symone Sanders, a CNN Political Commentator and the former National Press Secretary for Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders, spoke candidly during a fireside chat at the 46th Annual Whitney M. Young Memorial Gala. […read more]

Op-Ed

Think Big, Act Big

By Willie Jolley NNPA Columnist   Jeffrey Hayzlett is a marketing powerhouse who has built a massive business from the ground up. He started as a small town cowboy who loved to talk to small businesses about marketing. He soon became a popular speaker in Read More

Op-Ed

Pursue Your “Happyness”

By Willie Jolley NNPA Columnist   Chris Gardner wrote the book, The Pursuit of Happyness, about his story of being homeless and rearing son while working on getting into the stock industry. The book became a #1 New York Times bestseller and blockbuster movie, starring Will Read More

Business

In the Black and the Green

by Ashahed M. Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call Black entrepreneurs, Black millionaires, a Black billionaire and questions about the reality of true economic power CHICAGO (FinalCall.com) – Despite upward trending employment statistics and financial achievement for some Blacks, the key to Read More

Business

Black Women are Taking Care of Business

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Instead of breaking the glass ceiling, Black women have increasingly started making their own. According to the Center for American Progress, an independent, nonpartisan progressive institute, Black women are the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in the Read More

Op-Ed

It’s all about the Money

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist   Our past was certainly all about the money.  As soon as the Europeans discovered the Americas and determined that Native Americans weren’t going to submit to slavery, they went to Africa for their slaves.  The first slave ship Read More

Business

Booming Entrepreneurship Among Black Women

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Cheryl Lofton had never intended to be a small business owner. Her grandfather, J.C. Lofton, was the first African American to own a tailoring school and related business in Washington, D.C. She spent her summers working Read More

Op-Ed

Embracing Entrepreneurship instead of a Job

By William Reed NNPA Columnist Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner Read More

Op-Ed

Beyond the Rhetoric: Business Tools for Success

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist   No business can guarantee success.  In fact, the vast majority of business ventures fail by the second year. Yet, entrepreneurship is the backbone of our economy and the few who succeed provide more than 70 percent of all Read More

Op-Ed

Blackonomics: Hire Yourself – and then Others

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist In consideration of the latest shenanigans from Congress as it pertains to the economic conditions facing most Americans these days, unemployment and underemployment being the most serious, the case for entrepreneurship is more important than ever.  For Black people especially, Read More