On the evening of May 11, 2023, people traveled from every direction across the city of Houston to the Acres Home Chamber for Business and Economic Development, for a historic occasion, to witness the now 78-year-old world renowned author, speaker, teacher, and business mogul Dr. George C. Fraser.
Named as one of the “Best Speakers in America,” Dr. Fraser first welcomed the crowd, giving them a crash course lesson on how to effectively introduce yourself when networking. He emphasized that upon meeting someone, you have about 15 seconds to make a good impression, ultimately answering the question we all may subconsciously ask when meeting a new person, “What’s in it for me?”
He prompted everyone who was present to practice the five steps of an effective introduction which included: “who are you, where are you from, what do you do, what value do you bring, and how can you quantify that?” The energy of the room immediately rose as guests warmly greeted and embraced each other while enjoying food and refreshments.
Soon, the banquet hall of the chamber was filled with people of all ages, excitedly awaiting Dr. Fraser’s address. Before his profound yet lighthearted address, he disclosed his reasoning for visiting one of his “favorite cities in the world, Houston!” As the founder of the PowerNetworking Conference, America’s largest Black Networking and Training Conference for the last 22 years, Dr. Fraser wanted to meet with some of Houston’s Best and Brightest thinkers and leaders, to extend an exclusive invitation to a global network of the World’s top Black Business owners, coaches, potential investors, contractors, and most importantly lifelong connections.
The impact of the PowerNetworking Conference is undeniable, Dr. Fraser has been able to facilitate connections that grow from contact to contract, generating millions of dollars in business opportunities. Everyone in attendance at the Acres Home Chamber received a once in a lifetime price to attend this year’s conference in Houston August 2-5, 2023, and were encouraged to bring a young person (age 17-25) free of charge to “learn at the feet of masters.”
Dr. Fraser began his talk quoting the late, great Stokely Carmichael, stating “No Black person in this country makes any advancement solely based on his or her talent or worth. All individual advancement is based on mass struggle. We make no progress in this world without shedding our blood… Therefore, your advancement and success does not belong to you, it belongs to the people.” Dr. Fraser’s talk was historically rooted. He touched on the biblical principle of the human connection, the importance of doing good business, and he shared moments of reflection and wisdom that only a lifetime of experience could produce. Upon closing, Dr. Fraser was presented with a certificate of address from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, for his continued dedication to his people and his PowerNetworking Conference Meet and Greet at the Acres Home Chamber. You can read more about the conference at www.powernetworkingconference.com.
The Acres Home Chamber for Business and Economic Development, located at 6112 Wheatley Street, Houston TX was proud to open its doors to provide the space and opportunity for an inspirational and impactful night of networking with Dr. Fraser and our Acres Home and Greater Houston community. The Acres Home Chamber for Business and Economic Development, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Since founded in 1994, Our mission has been to provide small businesses, entrepreneurs, and our community with programs, seminars, and workshops in business and professional development, leadership and team building, educational and financial literacy. We encourage the creation of collaborative outreach efforts with a specific emphasis on promoting economic growth opportunities and community partnerships. Visit our website to learn more about our membership benefits and upcoming events at www.acreshomechamber.com.
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.
Calling all teenage student-athletes! If you have dreams of playing college soccer and wish to represent an HBCU, the HBCU ID Camp is your golden opportunity. From 8 am to 5 pm on November 11-12, Houston Sports Park will transform into a hub for aspiring male and female soccer players. Coaches from HBCUs across the nation will be present to evaluate, scout, and offer valuable feedback. Moreover, they might even spot the next soccer prodigy to join their collegiate soccer programs. This camp is not just about honing your soccer skills but also a chance to connect with the HBCU soccer community. You’ll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to excel on the field and in the classroom, which is crucial for a college athlete. The HBCU ID Camp is an excellent platform to network with coaches, learn from experienced athletes, and take the first steps toward your college soccer journey. To secure your spot at this incredible event, don’t forget to register [here](insert registration link). Space is limited to 120 participants, so make sure to reserve your place before it’s too late. It’s time to turn your dreams of playing college soccer into a reality.