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July 28,  2014 5:00 p.m.  - 6:00 p.m.
920thevoice.com - "The Empowerment Hour" - Hosted By John E. Harmon, Sr.
RE-AIR OF Dr. Kevin Kirkley Interview
Lincoln Technical Institute

Hear All Past Broadcasts On Demand
July 21,2014 Broadcast Featured:
Tammeisha Smith
Vice President and Partner
Alamo Insurance Group, Inc. 
Jeffery Dunn, Executive Director
Business One Stop Service (BOSS)
Members of the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce
and John E. Harmon. Sr. Keynote Speaker
Topic:  50th Anniversary of the Signing of the  Civil Rights Act of 1964

 June 26, 2014  
AACCNJ Chairman of the Board, Hosea Johnson. John Lewis, and John Harmon
June 2014
John E. Harmon, Sr. 
Commencement Speaker at

Burlington County College , May 2014.

The AACCNJ Partners With
Add Us In - NJ

The AACCNJ is a member of The Add Us In - NJ/NY Consortium


* Partnerships to increase contracting with women
    and minority owned businesses
*  Promotes a pro-business agenda
*  HUD Section
*  Title VI
*  Public Policy through Education Reform and Job Creation

Small Business

Click here to download the Hope VI Press Conference Video.
Training/Development Program
* Host Educational Forum and Networking events to connect
opportunities, and resources.
Promotes members through spotlights features in chamber marketing  materials and website.
Capacity building strategies.
Advocates membership access to public, private sectors, and community  opportunities.


* Supply Chain Diversity
*Corporate Advertising
*Marketing Penetration Strategies
*Promotional Opportunities
*Human Resource Recruitment Services
*Youth Mentorship and Entrepreneur Programs
 *Training and Job Readiness Programs
 *Assist in Developing and Implementing Public Policy  Strategies.
The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, Inc., (AACCNJ) is dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining African American communities through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activities within the State of New Jersey and via interaction with the National Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (NBCC).
The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey has been incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in accordance with the Internal Revenue Code and provides advocacy and support for businesses throughout the State of New Jersey.
Acting Governor Kim Guadagno Promotes State Business Incentives At African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey Luncheon  Englewood Meeting and Job Fair Support Economic Development Opportunities.

For Immediate Release             Contact: Michael Drewniak

Thursday, July 24, 2014                     Kevin Roberts     609-777-2600

Trenton, NJ - Reaffirming the Administration's commitment to economic development, Acting Governor Kim Guadagno today addressed the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) at the Chamber's "Access to Capital" luncheon in Englewood to present the resources and business incentives offered by the state.   "We are so proud of the work the Administration has done throughout the State to make New Jersey an attractive place to do business," said Acting Governor Guadagno. "The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey has been our partner for many years, and I appreciate the opportunity to share information that will help their businesses - and businesses across New Jersey - find new ways to develop."

Comprised of members representing a wide variety of industries, government agencies and retail businesses, the Chamber supports entrepreneurship and capitalistic initiatives dedicated to sustaining African American communities and businesses throughout the state.  The AACCNJ provides programming and resources for its members, including workforce recruitment and training and access to procurement opportunities.  The panel discussion at the luncheon was focused on business financing, including data on small business loans and financing options through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

"The Acting Governor's presence and participation at today's event underscores our strategic alliance, solidifies our partnership, and enhances the credibility of the mission of the AACCNJ, while strengthening our viability in the marketplace," said John E. Harmon, Sr., President and CEO of the AACCNJ.  Mr. Harmon was also installed as the Chairman of the Board for the National Black Chamber of Commerce in March.

In conjunction with the luncheon and panel discussion, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development will today join the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey in a career fair organized to recruit more than 100 candidates for employment with TD Bank in positions ranging from customer service representatives to head tellers. The Department will assist TD Bank in processing and screening hundreds of pre-registered applicants expected to gather at the Crowne Plaza Hotel throughout the afternoon. 

The career fair highlights the Chamber's new role as the operator of the Financial Services Talent Network, one of seven Talent Networks created by the Department of Labor around seven industry clusters that drive the state's economy. More than two-thirds of New Jersey workers are employed in the seven industry clusters, which account for more than two-thirds of wages paid in New Jersey.

"We have always worked well with the African American Chamber, and having them take charge of our Financial Services Talent Network is a natural extension of that strong partnership," said Harold J. Wirths, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. "This is a particularly important industry cluster for New Jersey, and we are confident our Talent Network under the Chamber's stewardship will continue to connect employers with the talented employees they need to grow."

The other six Talent Network industry clusters are: Transportation, Logistics & Distribution; Technology & Entrepreneurship; Life Sciences; Advanced Manufacturing; Health Care; and Retail, Hospitality & Tourism.

Anyone interested in more information about New Jersey's Talent Networks should visit the Department of Labor and Workforce Development's website at http://jobs4jersey.com/jobs4jersey/toolkit/talent/.

Businesses considering a move or in need of assistance are encouraged to call New Jersey's Business Action Center at (866) 534-7789 or visit the State's Business Portal at www.newjerseybusiness.gov.


July 25, 2014    1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Trenton Board of Education - Ellis Auditorium
108 North Clinton Avenue  - Trenton, NJ 08608
The AACCNJ Announces the Honorees for the Second Annual Community Luncheon to be held June 19th in Trenton, NJ.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and Members of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) we are pleased to announce the following organizations will be honored at the Second Annual Community Luncheon on June 19th, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., at The Lafayette Yards Hotel and Conference Center, in Trenton, NJ. 

2014 Honorees
Mary Gay Abbott-Young, CEO, Rescue Mission of Trenton
Leonard Davis, President, High-Rollaz – Trenton
Hope Grant, Principal, Trenton Central High School
Marlene Lao-Collins, Executive Director, Catholic Charities
Al Maghazehe, President & CEO, Capital Health
George Stokes, CEO, Henry J. Austin Health Center

This luncheon provides an opportunity for the AACCNJ to honor the work and dedication of Trenton, New Jersey’s community leaders.   “I am extremely proud to have the opportunity to recognize the contribution these organizations have made to the community, they serve as a vital safety net,”   John E. Harmon, Sr. president and CEO of the AACCNJ, Chairman, NBCC.   
“It is a great honor for Capital Health to be recognized by the members of African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ for our contribution to this community as a healthcare provider, an employer and a supporter of its businesses,”  Al Maghazehe, president & CEO of Capital Health.
“I am proud to be a part of Catholic Charities, an agency that has provided compassionate care to the community’s most vulnerable for more than a century. Our dedicated staff promote recovery, strengthen families, and work to reduce poverty in order to improve the quality of life for individuals and families,”  Marlene Lao-Collins, Executive Director, Catholic Charities.
“The African American Chamber of Commerce has a long and successful history of serving and providing opportunities to individuals and businesses within our community.   I am honored to take part in the luncheon and to be recognized by this organization, ” Hope Grant, Principal, Trenton Central High School.
In speaking about the Community Awards Luncheon, “we are extremely honored to be recognized by the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, for our work to improve access to quality healthcare in the Trenton community,  George C. Stokes, CEO of Henry J. Austin Health Center.  The AACCNJ allows us to expand our healthcare business partners, which strengthens our network of primary care services for our patients”,  Stokes continued.

As Chairman of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, I am pleased to announce, in conjunction with our affiliates, Pan African Entrepreneur Conference and the Afro Colombian Chamber of Commerce, the National Black Chamber of Commerce will lead a trade mission to the nation of Colombia during May 18 – 22, 2014.  We seek to take advantage of the recent Free Trade Agreement (exempts duties or tariffs) between our two nations.  “The recent trade agreement affords an excellent opportunity for our members to engage in commerce with our partners in Columbia”, stated Harmon.

Colombia is the third largest Latin American nation with a population of 46 million people – 40% of whom are of African heritage.  That’s 18.4 million Afro Colombian ready to interact with Afro Americans.  We will be introducing our participants to members of our affiliated chapter for the purpose of matchmaking and recognizing new opportunities for business growth.


Press Release - John E. Harmon, Sr., National Black Chamber of Commerce Chairman, Joins First Book Board of Directors

See more at: http://www.firstbook.org/first-book-story/media-center/press-room/348-john-e-harmon-sr-national-black-chamber-of-commerce-chairman-joins-first-book-board-of-directors#sthash.HhKvquJT.dpuf

WASHINGTON, April 30 - John E. Harmon, Sr., chairman of the National Black Chamber of Commerce and president and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, has joined First Book's Board of Directors.  A nonprofit social enterprise, First Book tackles the profound lack of high quality books and educational resources for children in need, which contributes to the achievement gap for children in low-income communities.

"Having worked with First Book on pilot projects in New Jersey and nationally, I have seen the power of First Book's model and collaborative approach to energize communities and elevate the quality of education for our children," said Harmon. "In order to have a strong workforce for tomorrow, it is imperative that all of our children have the resources they need to be fully literate and engaged.  First Book's initiatives, from the First Book Marketplace to the Stories for All Project, are making books accessible and relevant to children in need and the educators and programs that serve them.  I look forward to utilizing my knowledge, experience and network to support First Book's important work."

In the U.S. alone, an estimated 32 million children - almost half of all children- are growing up in low-income households where books are scarce.  One study found that while children from affluent communities have access to about 13 books on a daily basis, in the poorest neighborhoods, there was only a single book for every 300 children.

"John is an astute business and community leader who shares our belief in the power of education and our commitment to bring critical resources to help all children succeed in school and in life," said Peter Gold, First Book Board Chairman. "We look forward to working with John to further First Book's mission."

First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 115 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada.  By making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education. For more information, please visit us online or follow our latest news on Facebook and Twitter.