Black Chamber of Commerce Formed in San Leandro
The San Leandro African American Business Council has formed a new organization to serve and advocate for local Black-owned businesses. On June 25th, the San Leandro Black Chamber held a small ceremonial ribbon cutting at which the new board members including youth representatives met with representatives from the Black Chambers in Northern California. San Leandro’s Black Chamber is partnering with the regional group to share resources and funding.
The African American Business Council (AABC) has been an advocate for San Leandro Black Owned Businesses for over 20 years. Its mission is to be an advocate for and eliminate obstacles in the path of black-owned business success, while developing future business-owners and leaders. These goals have been achieved by hosting business development workshops, providing public agency certification assistance, assisting in formulating San Leandro business policies and creating business-to-business opportunities.
To develop future leaders, the AABC hosted Career Day for over 15 years. The Career Day program was originally designed to help African-American students to reach their career goals. The program provided African-American students with an opportunity to interact with career African-American professionals in a formal setting. Over the last 5 plus years the Career Day program was offered to all San Leandro High School Students grades 10-12.
The AABC, along with other African-American Community Leaders, also supported the successful campaign to elect Surlene Grant as the first African-American to serve as councilmember in San Leandro. Surlene Grant’s successful election opened the door for other African-Americans to serve in various offices as well as become employed by the city.
The African American Business Council will continue to exist as the non-profit foundation for the Black Chamber and focus on community and youth development.
The Black Chamber will carry on the Business Council’s more than 20 years of work to support Black-owned business success while developing future business owners and leaders. The group will also maintain the Business Council’s collaboration with the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce and the two chambers will work together to bring programs and resources to the business community.
More work is underway and the Black Chamber will release additional information about its plans in the coming months. Members of the community interested in supporting the San Leandro Black Chamber of Commerce or volunteering may contact the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.