AUSTIN – AUSTIN – The Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce (TAAACC) hosted “Black Business Day at the Capitol” on Monday, March 25, 2019. The annual event draws attendees from chambers of commerce and business owners from across the state. For the third year, the members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity hosted their “Omega Day at the Capitol” in conjunction with TAAACC.
“Our goal is to address the continued disparity in contract awards to Black-owned businesses,” said TAAACC President Charles O’Neal. “By acquainting business owners and community leaders with the process of public policy development and how to engage public officials to achieve beneficial policy we can change the outcomes for Black-owned businesses.”
Throughout the day TAAACC members and supporters were able to engage with legislators, including state senators Royce West and Borris Miles; Texas Legislative Black Caucus chairman Rep. Harold Dutton, Rep. Barbara Gervin-Hawkins, Rep. Rhetta Bowers, and Rep. Jarvis Johnson.
Among the day’s highlights, Rep. Ron Reynolds invited TAAACC leadership to the House floor as his resolution (HR 670) proclaiming Black Business Day at the Capitol was read into the record by voice vote of the entire House.
Most importantly for business owners in attendance, procurement staff and HUB (Historically Underutilized Business) Coordinators from more than a dozen state agencies were on hand to acquaint businesses with upcoming bid opportunities.
“We believe that our strong advocacy on behalf of our state’s Black-owned businesses, consistent interaction with agency procurement teams and increased awareness of upcoming opportunities, we will improve the outcomes in contract awards,” said TAAACC chair Courtney Johnson-Rose. “We understand that when our businesses are growing and profitable, our communities improve and Black Texans experience a better quality of life.”
ABOUT TAAACC TAAACC is a statewide association created and supported by the 23 Black chambers of commerce operating in Texas. Headquartered in Austin, the mission of the organization is to affect positive economic benefits for Black Texans through Advocacy, Research and Training. Learn more about TAAACC at www.taaacc.org
October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com
As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.
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