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July 21,  2014 5:00 p.m.  - 6:00 p.m.
920thevoice.com - "The Empowerment Hour" - Hosted By John E. Harmon, Sr.
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.

Crowne Plaza Englewood
401 S. Van Brunt Street
Englewood, NJ 07631
12:00 p.m.– 2:00 p.m.
Opening Remarks by:
The Honorable Kim Guadagno 
Lieutenant Governor of the  State of New Jersey

Moderated by:
John E. Harmon, Sr.  President & CEO, AACCNJ,  Chairman, NBCC

Shaun Freeman, VP, The Flag Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Charles Mills, VP, TD Bank
Cynthia Brooks Bullock, Esq., Archer & Greiner


July 25, 2014    1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Trenton Board of Education - Ellis Auditorium
108 North Clinton Avenue  - Trenton, NJ 08608

Kimberly Bulleck
Department of the Treasury
Contractor Classification Unit

Karon L. Simmonds
New Jersey Schools Development Authority
Director, Risk Management & Vendor Services

David Cayemitte
Chief Executive Officer
Minority Business Development Institute

Elizabeth Mackay
Assistant Director
Division of Purchase & Property
New Jersey Department of the Treasury

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.