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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Op-Ed

Beyond the Rhetoric: A History of Union Racism

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist   It was the early 1970s and my mentor, the late Arthur Fletcher, received the “green light” from Secretary of Labor George Schultz and President Richard Nixon to integrate the construction workforce on federally regulated projects.  Construction unions were Read More

Op-Ed

Beyond The Rhetoric: Notes from the DR

Beyond the Rhetoric: Notes from the DR By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist The weather was perfect.  The facilities were clean and professionally run.  All participants wore smiles and had no complaints.  The cuisine was abundant and was presented as an All-Inclusive Plan.  Such was Punta Read More

Op-Ed

Beyond the Rhetoric: Un-United Betrayal in Chicago

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist Like many American cities, Indianapolis was a venue for mass discrimination against Black owned construction business.  I had been working since 1989 to change that.  For the most part, we were very successful.  The “Indy Way” was complete diversity Read More

Op-Ed

Beyond the Rhetoric: Juice on Only One Side of the Aisle

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist In the past, there were so many hangings, beatings, shootings and bombings.  They went without justice being applied.  During the past few decades we have shown national outrage from Emmett Till, Mississippi civil rights workers shootings, Rodney King, etc. Read More

Op-Ed

Beyond the Rhetoric: A Good Week at the Supreme Court

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist The latest session of the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) had the interest of Black Americans like never before.  On the line were two key components that brought African Americans into full citizenship: affirmative action and the 1965 Voting Rights Read More

Op-Ed

Beyond the Rhetoric: The ‘Colored Entrance’ to White-Owned Businesses

by Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist For the most part, corporate America employees are satisfied with their careers.  There is usually a chart to review in terms of responsibility.  Is the employee moving up the “ladder” and heading towards more executive responsibility?  That is correlated with salary.  The greater 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