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Our primary focus each week,  is on business, education, and issues relating to factors that either impede or contribute to the prosperity of the black community. 

This week we will also discuss:How do we build a bridge between the black community and law enforcement, in the aftermath of the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown​

AUGUST 25, 2014 -  WE WILL RE-AIR THE
8/18 BROADCAST

August 18,  2014 5:00 p.m.  - 6:00 p.m.
920thevoice.com - "The Empowerment Hour" - Hosted By John E. Harmon, Sr.
Featured Guests:
 

Peter Harvey is a former Attorney General of New Jersey and a former federal prosecutor.  

James B. Golden, Jr.  worked in law enforcement for more than 40 years, and was Trenton's first Police Director. 

Hear All Past Broadcasts On Demand
August 11, 2014
Michael Dennis
President & CEO
The Big Green Group

August 4, 2014
Charles Wallace
Executive Director
Financial Services Talent Network
James Logan
Program Director

Financial Services Talent Network
Guy Dunn
Franchise Owner
Geeks on Call

July 28, 2014
RE-AIR OF Dr. Kevin Kirkley Interview
Lincoln Technical Institute

July 21, 2014
Tammeisha Smith
Vice President and Partner
 Alamo Insurance Group, Inc. 
Jeffery Dunn
Executive Director
Business One Stop Service (BOSS)
Peter C. Harvey, Partner,
Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, LLP
James B. Golden
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  
THE STATE OF BLACK NEW JERSEY 2013
SLIDESHOW
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

Government

* 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.

Corporations

* 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.
THE FOURTH ANNUAL
CORPORATE AWARDS DINNER
Thursday, October 16, 2014

6:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
 
“Strengthening New Jersey
 through Public & Private Partnerships”

 KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Catherine Starghill, Esq.
Director of Workforce Field Services
NJ Department of Labor and
Workforce Development
 

THE HYATT REGENCY PRINCETON 
102 CARNEGIE CENTER
PRINCETON, NJ 08540

 
 2014 HONOREES
ARCHER & GREINER, P.C.
BURLINGTON COUNTY COLLEGE
DSPOZ-IT
ENTERPRISE
 

THE FOURTH ANNUAL BUSINESS LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
"BUILDING A STRONGER NEW JERSEY TOGETHER"
SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 - HILTON PENN STATION NEWARK , NJ   9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
John W. Boyd, Jr.
President
The Black Farmers Association
 
There will be a Matchmaking Opportunity 3:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.

NETWORKING Cocktail Reception 4:30 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
 
JOHN E. HARMON, SR., IOM
Graduates from Institute for Organization Management
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 13, 2014        Contact: Andrew Weller 202-463-5802
JOHN E. HARMON, SR., IOM of THE AACCNJ
Graduates from Institute for Organization Management


A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that John E. Harmon, Sr., IOM, President & CEO, of The African American Chamber of Commerce (AACCNJ), has graduated from the program and has received the recognition of IOM. Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually. 

“ It’s important that as the President and CEO of the AACCNJ and the Chairman of the Board, of the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), that I obtain the industry recognized credentials that validate my professional achievements.   I am humbled by my most recent accomplishments and honored to join an elite group of Chamber executives to promote free enterprise everyday”, said Harmon.

“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

“Great leaders continue to grow and strive for excellence. ​John Harmon's actions reflect that effectiveness is the foundation for success. Congratulations John, on your successful completion of your IOM Graduate Program”, said AACCNJ Chairman, Hosea Johnson.

Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates. Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively. 

John E. Harmon, Sr. and The Honorable Eric Jackson of Mayor, Trenton, NJ Discussing partnerships & the Financial Services Talent Network.  

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.

PRESS ADVISORY - MAY 16, 2014

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.