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OUR MISSION To advance the economic interests of our members through advocacy, education, information sharing and resource brokering to maximize their success. We focus resources on the challenges faced by Black-owned and minority businesses.
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2015 ASCENSION AWARDS HONOREES
* * * * Celebrating the Best in Black Business * * * *
Photos by Kingchazzy Experience
Congratulations to the 2015 Award Winners!
Jackson's Daycare Center, Mary Jackson, Owner
Michael Brown, Brown & Associates, PA
National Coalition of 100 Black Women, WPB Chapter, Denise Albritton, President
Anthony Brown, Brown & Phillips
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2015 CHAIRMAN'S AWARD
The Chairman’s Award is presented to an individual who best exemplifies a passion for enhancing the quality of life in Palm Beach County. The recipient is a person that has demonstrated contributions to; economic empowerment, small business development, socio-economic parity and an investment in our youth through mentorship. This year's recipient is Verdenia Baker, Deputy County Administrator, Palm Beach County Government.
2014 Blue Dove Winners!
Dr. Janice Cover
Patrice Cover and Marlon Cover accepted the award on Dr. Cover's behalf
Dr. Janice Cover is the founder of the Caribbean Educators' Association, (C.A.R.E), a 501 (c) 3 organization whose mission is to provide scholarships to qualifying students graduating from high school. Now in its ninth year, C.A.R.E has awarded 69 scholarships and plans to add another ten scholarships in April 18, 2015. Dr. Cover and all members of the organization are volunteers who work diligently throughout the year to raise money to fund the scholarships. Janice serves as a mentor to people of all ages. She nurtures young people as they try to find their place in our society and she mentors adults as they try to enhance career and personal goals.
Jack Hairston, founder of Jack the Bike Man, Inc started helping a few of his neighbors with bike repairs in 1997 but he didn’t stop there. He has given more than 10,000 bicycles to children in West Palm Beach and through this process has taught hundreds of children how to fix their own bikes and the importance of hard work and giving back. One of the programs Jack created is a youth program that encourages children who come to Jack asking for bike to work for it. Before receiving their bicycle, Jack asks children to repair 3 bikes: one for Jack the Bike Man; for the second bike, Jack asks the child to find a friend who needs a bike and when he finishes the bike, that child gives the bike to him; and the third bike is the theirs. Through his incredible work, Jack has helped families who cannot afford cars or other forms of transportation by providing them with bicycles to get to and from work.
Black Chamber of Commerce’s Membership
The Chamber offers its members excellent opportunities to network and build relationships with other business and community organizations. To this end, this year the Chamber is rolling out nine key benefits that will serve its goal of supporting the growth and visibility of African American owned businesses in Palm Beach County.
Black Chamber Congratulates Leaders!
Four members of the Black Chamber leadership were honored by Legacy Palm Beach. Bruce Lewis, Grasford Smith and Ann Marie Sorrell were recognized among the Most Powerful and Influential Black Professionals in Business and Industry for 2013. Keely Gideon-Taylor received a Special Achievement Award as Corporate Citizen of the Year for 2013. Congratulations to all.
The chamber is a proud partner of Legacy Palm Beach, which is quarterly publication printed by The Palm Beach Post focusing on Black Business news.
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Meet South Florida's Black History Maker
Making a Difference Behind the Scenes
Her business cards may say Deputy County Administrator, but Verdenia Baker wields a lot of clout in Palm Beach County government and her influence and authority is widespread. As number two in the County's administration office, Baker oversees daily management of all operations for various departments. She also collaborates with representatives of other jurisdictions and the private sector, civic and community organizations on numerous issues.
"It has been very rewarding and it has been challenging," she said of the job, which she has held for the past 11 years. "I got a few things accomplished that I am very proud of."
Topping her list of achievements is the recruiting of Scripps Research Institute from La Jolla, CA, to Palm Beach County in 2003. The nation's largest nonprofit research organization is expected to generate 6,500 jobs over 15 years. The center is focusing on research aimed at developing drugs for Alzheimer's disease, leukemia, ovarian cancer and AIDS.
With an undergraduate degree in Rehab Counseling, Baker spent three years working in a job she did not enjoy. So as she began looking around for another gig, she discovered that several of her sorority sisters were working in public administration for local governments. Read More
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