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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

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Small Business

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.
 









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."

MISSION STATEMENT!
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 and provides advocacy and support for businesses throughout the State of New Jersey.

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Press Release - January 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Spin Doctor Laundromat Receives 2015 Best of Trenton Award
Trenton Award Program Honors the Achievement


TRENTON November 4, 2015 -- Spin Doctor Laundromat has been selected for the 2015 Best of Trenton Award in the Laundromats category by the Trenton Award Program.

Each year, the Trenton Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Trenton area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Trenton Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Trenton Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Trenton Award Program.

The Trenton Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Trenton area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Trenton Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.  SOURCE: Trenton Award Program

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THE 2015 YEAR END DINNER SLIDE SHOW
PLAINSBORO, NJ 12/11

THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY
 BUSINESS LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE - NEWARK, nj 
slideshow - september 24, 2015

THE STATE OF BLACK NEW JERSEY CONFERENCE
PRINCETON, NJ  APRIL 2015

John E. Harmon, Sr., President & CEO, 
A. Bruce Crawley, APR, Founder of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Philadelphia, President/CEO, Millennium
 Hosea Johnson, Chairman, AACCNJ
Pictured:  John E. Harmon, Sr., President & CEO, AACCNJLloyd Freeman,  Associate, Archer & Greiner, Member, Garden State Bar AssociationJamie Fox, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT)
Brenda Edmondson, Chief, Program Compliance Branch, Newark Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Center, US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)Don Newman, Director of Small Business Advocacy, NJ Business Action Center (BAC)
Michele E. Boronkas, Executive Director, State Employment & Training Commission (SETC)Barbara George Johnson, Exec. Dir., John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy, Thomas Edison State College (JSWIPP)Hosea Johnson, Chairman, AACCNJ, President, Johnson Associates Systems 
Pictured:  Hosea Johnson, AACCNJ
 AT&T Sponsors Alithia Bruinton &  Yvette Mouton
John E. Harmon, Sr. AACCNJ
​Pictured:  John E. Harmon, Sr., AACCNJAkinyemi Akiwowo, President-Elect, Garden State Bar AssociationReverend Eric Dobson, Fair Share HousingThe Honorable BettyLou DeCroce, State Assemblywoman
The Honorable Joe Pennacchio, State Senator 
The Honorable Thomas H. Kean, Jr., State Senator
The Honorable Stephen M. Sweeney, State Senate PresidentHosea Johnson, AACCNJ

SPEAKERS FORUM - MARCH 31, 2015  NEWARK, NJ

Carlos A.  Medina, Esq.,  Chairman, SHCCNJ    -  The Honorable Vincent Prieto,  New Jersey Legislature
​ The Honorable Ronald L. Rice, State Senator New Jersey Legislature, Richard Thigpen, PSEG, 
Hosea Johnson, AACCNJ Chairman, and John Harmon, AACCNJ,  President & CEO

​SLIDE SHOW FROM THE FEBRUARY 19, 2015
FIFTH annual CIRCLE OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS GALA

December 17, 2014
Dignitaries including New Jersey Lt. Gov. and Secretary of State Kim Guadagno were among more than 100 people that recently attended the year-end holiday celebration by the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) in Trenton.In a brief speech to the crowd, Guadagno lauded the AACCNJ for being a mentor and vocal advocacy group to thousands of business owners across the state. Additionally, Guadagno encouraged entrepreneurs to pursue contracting opportunities with the state. government. “We have awarded hundreds of thousands of contracts to minority and women owned businesses across New Jersey,” she said. “We continue to recognize the importance of small businesses to our economy.”

In the keynote address, John Harmon, president and CEO of the AACCNJ, said major initiatives are on tap for his organization in 2015, including round table discussions with government officials and heads of major corporations in an effort to bring more minority and women owned business enterprises (M/WBE's) on board as suppliers and vendors. “We are not a social or marketing organization,” Harmon said. “We are an advocate for the small minority business owner and provide a platform for entrepreneurs to share and express themselves.” He added that a greater level of reciprocity from local mayors and county leadership across the Garden State is essential for the continued growth and sustainability for minority-owned businesses.
Harmon said one of the first major events of the AACCNJ in the new year will be the Martin Luther King Luncheon in mid-January. The event will spotlight education. Phoebe Haddon, Chancellor of Rutgers University and Rochelle Hendricks, Secretary of Higher Education will highlight the program. To register for the event, please visit the organization web site at www.aaccnj.com.
The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) announced that the AACCNJ and New Jersey Senate Republicans hosted a meeting with Directors of the AACCNJ and thirty of its members on October 23, 2014 in the Senate Caucus Room of the State Capitol Building, in Trenton, NJ. 
The meeting was convened to establish a dialogue between all participants and will serve as vehicle to produce an outcome that will favorably impact the 1.2 million African American residents, and their respective 66,000 Business Owners state-wide.    The thirty, AACCNJ Members in attendance represented some of the following industries:  Engineering, Consulting, Environmental Services, Hospitality, Risk Management, Bonding, Construction, Financial Services, Real Estate, Law, Advertising, Technology,  Medical Devices and Services, Behavioral Health, Telecommunications, Restaurant & Food Industry, Dental and Transportation.
 
False perceptions are simply destroyed through open and candid dialogue, which fosters a smooth transition to developing strategies of mutual benefit and a path to a stronger more competitive New Jersey”, stated John E. Harmon, Sr., IOM. AACCNJ, President and CEO.

Senator Thomas H. Kean, Jr., Sr. Joseph Pennacchio, Senator Robert W. Singer, Senator Diane B. Allen, Senator Jennifer Beck, and Senator Anthony R. Bucco., comprised the Legislators in attendance at the Breakfast.  “The Senate Republican leadership team was thrilled to meet with AACCNJ members and learn more about the Association’s important role in promoting business in New Jersey. The success of African American businesses owners is critical to the economic viability of our communities and state as a whole. Senate Republicans look forward to a continued partnership with the Association to further the shared goal of helping African American business owners succeed”, stated Senator Joe Pennacchio.

"It was very encouraging to participate in the meeting between the New Jersey Senate Republican Leadership and members of the African American Chamber of Commerce. The discussions provided an opportunity for an understanding of issues and concern that impact growth and economic development in New Jersey. I look forward to continued dialogue and positive actions toward a shared vision of growth for all sectors of the New Jersey economy", stated Hosea Johnson, AACCNJ, Chairman of the Board.
  
“Today I am happy to report that through our relationship with the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, I participated in an open dialogue in a private meeting with several State Senate Republican leaders at the State House in Trenton together with a room of African American business owners and entrepreneurs representing multiple industries.  As a result of this meeting, I believe that we have taken a significant step to presenting an alternative to the way things are normally done in New Jersey”, John Kahn, Garden State Bar Association.
 
 

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."

​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.
John Harmon Addresses the Garden State Bar Association - Installation of Officers -
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.
November 17, 2014

John E. Harmon, Sr.  " Herman Russell and Maynard Jackson not only created the model for economic empowerment for blacks in their community, but their legacy has been perpetuated by what is occurring in Atlanta today."


Herman J. Russell, one of Atlanta's most important business figures, known best for his role in starting one of the country's largest minority-owned companies, passed away Saturday, November 15th,  following a brief illness at the age of 83.

The Summerhill native owned several businesses throughout his career, starting at age 16 when he purchased a dilapidated home for $125. He most notably founded H.J. Russell & Company, a local construction firm that helped build many of the city's most important structures, in 1953. He also was a key member of the Civil Rights movement and broke down barriers for minority entrepreneurs.

"As the founder of one of America's most successful construction and real estate businesses, Mr. Russell shattered countless barriers and created greater opportunities for all, but especially for African-Americans," Mayor Kasim Reed said in a statement. "When history catches its breath, Mr. Russell's life work will place him among the most significant heroes of the Civil Rights Movement because of his unwavering contributions and commitment to the progress of this city and nation. Few men have done more to make Atlanta a place where people of all races and backgrounds can bring and build their dreams."