Black Money Business Jobs : Have you heard of the National Black Chamber of Commerce?

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  1. MsInterpret

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    http://www.nationalbcc.org/



    Strategic Plan



    Mission Statement
    To economically empower and sustain African American communities through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activity within the United States and via interaction with the Black Diaspora.


    GOAL #1
    To increase business development and growth via procurement, capital access and international trade.



    Planned Activity #1
    Secure partnerships with committed corporations and ensure compliance with Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act at federal, state and local governments and also with prime contractors.

    Constraints: Old existing formats for outreach at corporate level. An atmosphere of noncompliance at the government level. Downsizing and a lack of attention by upper management.
    Solutions: Create useable website directories for e-commerce and recruiting. Organize and host President Club receptions around the nation. Local market analysis to identify direct opportunities for affiliated chapters (follow up important). Also, to secure partnerships and Memorandums of Understanding with federal agencies, US Chamber of Commerce and other organizations or institutions of mutual interest.


    Planned Activity #2
    Opening the doors to capital access.

    Constraints: Unreadiness or inexperience to pursue new markets by the banking establishment. A lack of knowledge about the existing programs by Black business owners.
    Solutions: Marketing viable bank products to the ignored community. Using our website to broadcast information about the outreach programs. Agreements with the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the US Department of Agriculture concerning the, promotion of their special programs.


    Planned Activity #3
    Create initiatives and programs with our foreign counterparts.

    Constraints: No present ties or communications have been established. Prohibitive costs of travel to foreign sites.
    Solutions: Establish links on our website to foreign counterparts, Package affordable trade missions to target locations. Establish a "one stop" trade office at the NBCC National Office for technical assistance and information about international trade.

    Read more about their Strategic Plan:
    http://www.nationalbcc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=37&Itemid=3
     
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    You know what.....my baby brother who is a self proclaimed republican told me about this. He gets a lot of slack for being a black republican, but he has hipped me to a lot of the game that the democrats play and he has opened my eyes about politics in general.
     
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    Yes, I am quite aware of who they are and many years ago assisted with local activities, however, their mission and the state of our communities bear a large gap. Personally, I remember Black organizations, such as this one, being much more visible in the 80's. Although NBCC is a non-profit Black organization with a common purpose for the upliftment of Black businesses and social engagement...we have a huge lack in the very areas that they "speak" to.

    After exploring their website, it became evident why that is. They advise the following statements:

    I want to start a new business, how can the NBCC assist me?
    The NBCC does not actively assist start-ups. We do provide a Small Business Financial Resources Guide which gives you information on how to start a business.

    I'm a member of my local chamber of commerce. Does that automatically make me a member of the National Black Chamber?
    No, the National Black Chamber of Commerce is not a parent organization of the state and local chambers. You will need to apply for a separate membership in the National Black Chamber of Commerce.

    What's the difference between the National Black Chamber of Commerce and my state or local chamber?
    Local and state chambers emulate the National Black Chamber of Commerce. The National Black Chamber of Commerce focuses on federal issues while state chambers focus on state issues and local chambers focus on local issues.

    Can you provide statistics on buying power, data on expenditure category and disposable personal income?
    Please check with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Selig Center at the University of Georgia for buying power statistics on all races.

    http://www.nationalbcc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=240&Itemid=20

    My key concern is that their focus is on a federal level. The development of local chapters is driven by an individual or group in that community. However, I'm reminded of the saying "the blind leading the blind". If you have a community who is not engaged, realizing a local chapter is frutile..I wonder how many chapters exist and how viable they are in their respective communities. Also, I noticed in a few areas on their site where it's noted of rapid increase of Black businesses, but the reality is much different. They also note their work to support fair trading abroad, however, the trade system is extremely unfair and in Africa particulary, it is devestating to see the exploitation of local farmers...the coffee industry is a prime example. Not to say they can fix the problem, however, the message I got from their site is that the trade system is more equal than reality shows.

    I appreciate their work and would never speak negatively, as any Black organization that is actively persuing the betterment of our people is highly honored in my eyes. However, I wonder what their definition of a Black business is. A business that is directed by and for Blacks but isn't funded by Blacks will lose it's mission as it attempts to become diverse, we spoke heavily about this in the Politics from a Black Perspective meetings here on Destee.com. So the large numbers they report may include businesses who are not as relevant to the Black consumer as it began. Since the diversity shift began, in my opinion, many businesses grew a mold to suit and in doing so, became a diversed business with a diverse mission...the growing Hispanic markets speaks largely to this.

    The 17-18 % Black unemployment rate speaks to a larger problem, and should prompt so called 'Black organizations' to re-evaluate how visible and effective they are in the Black community.

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    I know of them but never saw how effective they was to the inner communities
    and businesses abroad.

    I am a member of my state chamber
     
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