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920thevoice.com - "The Empowerment Hour" - Hosted By John E. Harmon, Sr.
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


Hear All Past Broadcasts On Demand

October 6, 2014
Joanne Kaiser, Project Director 
National Organization on Disability
Tracey D. Syphax
Author & Entrepreneur
Phax Construction & Design

September 29
Chris Fitzpatrick
Enterprise Holdings

​September 15th we will reair the September 8th broadcast
John Herbert Founder
and Managing Partner of the Herbert Law Group
Marjorie Perry,
President & CEO
MZM Management Constructions, Co.

September 1, 2014 
Tracey Thompson, Assistant Attorney General and President of ABWL
August 18, & August 25th
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.

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)
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

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

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.
 

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.




See more: 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."

"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."


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 Civil Rights movement was gaining momentum during the early 1960′s when African Americans were reflecting upon both their individual and collective situations, and evaluating their current status and future goals. Locally, African American attorneys were slowly gaining stature primarily in North Jersey. Representation on the bench was sparse, with Judge Hazelwood sitting on the Newark Municipal Court bench, Judge Yancey sitting on the Essex County Superior Court bench and Judge Wood sitting on the Union County Superior Court bench. Employment in large or medium firms was extremely limited.
 
The National Bar Association, the first nationwide organization of African American attorneys, was in existence at that time. A group of attorneys from Essex, Union and Hudson Counties came together during 1962 to focus on their immediate concerns. These concerns included projecting a positive image of the African American attorney in the community, as well as expanding and building their practices. The Barristers, the first informally organized group of attorneys included William H Walls, Irvin B. Booker, Donald King, Calvin Hurd, James H. Coleman, John J Teare, Chauncey Barett and Everett Jones. The group expanded and functioned until sometime in 1967.
 
It was the activism of Black law students during the late 1960′s, after the Newark riots, which caused them along with several Black attorneys, to organize the Concerned Legal Associates (“CLA “). Their members included attorneys, Isaac McNatt, CLA’s first president, Pearl Crosby and Geneva Sanford, along with students, George Logan, Golden Johnson, Kathy Mitchell, Betty Lester and Rita Murphy. These students saw the need for an organization that addressed the needs of Black students, graduates, and practicing attorneys. The organization of the Concerned Legal Associates coincided with the founding of the Association of Black Law Students at Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey. The strong student base allowed the organization to deal with current legal issues such as the hiring of minority faculty in the law schools, participation in community legal services, and the examination of the bar passage rate for Black graduates in the early 70′s.
 
In 1975, the Concerned Legal Associates changed its name to the Garden State Bar Association to reflect a growing statewide constituency. The organization’s membership is now more diverse and has greatly increased since its inception, as has the number of African American attorneys in the State of New Jersey. 
The Civil Rights movement was gaining momentum during the early 1960′s when African Americans were reflecting upon both their individual and collective situations, and evaluating their current status and future goals. Locally, African American attorneys were slowly gaining stature primarily in North Jersey. Representation on the bench was sparse, with Judge Hazelwood sitting on the Newark Municipal Court bench, Judge Yancey sitting on the Essex County Superior Court bench and Judge Wood sitting on the Union County Superior Court bench. Employment in large or medium firms was extremely limited.
 
The National Bar Association, the first nationwide organization of African American attorneys, was in existence at that time. A group of attorneys from Essex, Union and Hudson Counties came together during 1962 to focus on their immediate concerns. These concerns included projecting a positive image of the African American attorney in the community, as well as expanding and building their practices. The Barristers, the first informally organized group of attorneys included William H Walls, Irvin B. Booker, Donald King, Calvin Hurd, James H. Coleman, John J Teare, Chauncey Barett and Everett Jones. The group expanded and functioned until sometime in 1967.
 
It was the activism of Black law students during the late 1960′s, after the Newark riots, which caused them along with several Black attorneys, to organize the Concerned Legal Associates (“CLA “). Their members included attorneys, Isaac McNatt, CLA’s first president, Pearl Crosby and Geneva Sanford, along with students, George Logan, Golden Johnson, Kathy Mitchell, Betty Lester and Rita Murphy. These students saw the need for an organization that addressed the needs of Black students, graduates, and practicing attorneys. The organization of the Concerned Legal Associates coincided with the founding of the Association of Black Law Students at Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey. The strong student base allowed the organization to deal with current legal issues such as the hiring of minority faculty in the law schools, participation in community legal services, and the examination of the bar passage rate for Black graduates in the early 70′s.
 
In 1975, the Concerned Legal Associates changed its name to the Garden State Bar Association to reflect a growing statewide constituency. The organization’s membership is now more diverse and has greatly increased since its inception, as has the number of African American attorneys in the State of New Jersey. 

TRACEY D. SYPHAX - UP NEXT 5:30 P.M. 920THEVOICE.COM
THE EMPOWERMENT HOUR HOSTED BY JOHN E. HARMON, SR.

Topic of discussion; The month of October(est. 10/97) as the "Month of Resistance" to Mass Incarceration, Police Brutality and the Criminalization of a Generation. 
‪#‎022WALKOUT‬ ‪#‎massincarceration‬ ‪#‎ftb2tbr‬

Tracey D. Syphax is Vice Pres. of Phax Group Construction & Design LLC. And Managing Partner with Phax Group, LLC. Phax Group Construction & Design LLC. Is a construction company specializing in roofing, siding, windows and doors. Phax Group, LLC is a real estate development company owning multiple properties throughout Mercer County.

Mr. Syphax was educated in the Trenton Public School system and received his diploma in 1980. He later attended Mercer County Vocational Technical School. Mr. Syphax is a former ex-offender who has spent his 19 yr. career in business as a strong advocate for ending mass incarceration by using proper re-entry tools and entrepreneurship

Mr. Syphax is a former founding board member of the Metropolitan Trenton African American Chamber of Commerce (MTAACC) and former Co-Chairman of the Board for the Mayor’s Office of Employment & Training (MOET) in Trenton, NJ. Presently he is Co-Chairman of the Board of the African American Chamber of commerce of New Jersey. He also Co-Chairs the Trustee Board at Union Baptist Church. Mr. Syphax is a former board member of Capitol City Redevelopment Corporation appointed by Governor Chris Christie over seeing Millions of dollars in construction around the Capitol District. Mr. Syphax is the 2011 Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the year, the 1st African American to receive this award in the Chambers 51 year history!

Mr. Syphax is the 2014 White House “Champion of Change” Honoree for his diligent work in the Re-entry field and for being a strong advocate on behalf of our Returning Citizens. In addition one of his proudest programs, of which he is Chairman of the Board, is the Minding Our Business (MOB) program. This a 17 year old award winning program that mentors and teachers 6 & 7th grade students in the Trenton Public School system how to start and operate a business. Mr. Syphax is also Author of the award winning Autobiography “From the Block to the Boardroom” detailing his life story.

Mr. Syphax has received many awards nationally and locally for his business success and his passion of giving back to his community, uplifting and encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs. Mr. Syphax is the former host of a weekly radio and TV show titled “Violence Serves No Purpose” and “Trenton Talks” on WIMG 1300 AM and WZBN Channel 25. He has been featured in numerous publications and magazines such as NJ BIZ, the Network Journal, NJN News, Don Diva Magazine, Young Men’s Perspective magazine and the BBC News of London!

Mr. Syphax resides in Trenton’s West Ward with his wife of 29 years Margaret Syphax. He has a daughter Trachell, a son Marquis and two granddaughters Brooklyn and Sanaa.


US Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 (CCC100)
Terranea Resort
September 14- 16, 2014
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA


Session 2: General Session—National Security—
Intelligence: Three Things That Keep You Up at Night

Pictured with John Harmon, General Michael Hayden (Ret.)
Special Counsel to the President
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Former Director of the CIA and NSA
SPONSORS OF THE FOURTH ANNUAL CORPORATE AWARDS DINNER



John E. Harmon, Sr., IOM,
Keynote Speaker
The Whitesboro Annual Reunion Festival
August 30, 2014
Stedman Graham, Executive Director
Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro
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. 
On Monday, September 29, 2014 the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey co-hosted the Financial Services Talent Network (FSTN) Luncheon. FSTN is one of seven Talent Networks in the state of New Jersey created to serve as a vital conduit and resource for New Jersey employers and jobseekers. The luncheon was held at The Conference Center at Mercer County Community College and was sponsored by Wells Fargo and New York Life. The theme of the luncheon was “Access to Talent” led by comments from the Talent Networks staff, Catherine Starghill, Director of Workforce Field Services for the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, featured speaker, Kenneth Kobylowski, Commissioner, NJ Department of Banking and Industry, and John E. McWeeney, Jr., President & CEO, New Jersey Bankers Association. Attendees included representatives from the Banking, Insurance, Accounting, Commercial Lending, IT, and Investment Banking sectors. 

The luncheon provided the perfect backdrop to begin a state-wide dialogue with leaders from the financial industry sector to forge partnerships and develop innovative ways to train, prepare, and hire New Jersey residents for careers in the financial services industry.  Charles Wallace, Project Director shared with an audience of over 80 attendees several incentives for employers to hire New Jersey jobseekers ranging from training grants, employer retention assistance, to employer tax incentives.
Today’s featured speaker, Mr. Kenneth Kobylowski, Commissioner New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance was dynamic in his delivery with information on banking industry trends to information on insurance practices and emerging markets. The Commissioner encouraged the financial services sector to “get on board”.

“We were pleased to have the Commissioner as today’s Speaker and his recognition of the necessity of positioning New Jersey to be a player in the financial services sector, by having business policies that are embraced by the industry and through the leveraging of the talent that exists in New Jersey producing a win-win for all”, said John E. Harmon, Sr., President and CEO, AACCNJ.
The Financial Services Talent Network is managed by the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey.  For information, please telephone 609-571-1607.
 
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.

Thursday, July 24, 2014                

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."

"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.

"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."