A Look Into the Future
The California Black Chamber of Commerce mission is to provide programs and services, through the above mentioned programs, which strength our member organizations in their regions of operations; to advocate policies which improve business opportunities for African Americans throughout California.
Making our state-wide community a great place to live reinforces our board’s main agenda, which is to support local activities and recirculate California income locally. The most profound comment we’ve heard over the past year came from a member who works in the accounting field, he said; “I would rather lose to my competitor across the street then to see the business go out of the area.” That embodies our commitment to shop local, hire local, and volunteer local.
KDEE 97.5 FM Youth In Radio
It is the goal/objective of the California Black Chamber of Commerce Foundation to affect the dynamics of our community through the impact of our communications platform. The CBCC currently is the only Chamber of Commerce in the state of California that owns and operates a radio station which streams worldwide and provides "Real Time" broadcast via iPhone. The Impact Project objective is to educate, train and create engagement of the community at large on those issues/subjects that the Chamber Foundation deem critical to the overall growth and development of communities of color in general and African American communities in particular. Subject Matter includes; family structure, consumer education, financial literacy, health issues and economic development and empowerment.
We encourage you to listen to our radio station KDEE 97.5 and tune into the “Moving the Urban Agenda”, show where we discuss current issues and their impact on minority communities across the state.“It ain’t rocket science baby 50% of success is just showing up”
Small Business Start-Up Initiative Fund
The money in the fund would be accessible to a small business that is 3-5 years old to request assistance with payroll needs for key administrative employee who has reach permanent employment status with more that 1-2 years of service.
Note: Can only apply once within a 2-year period.
CBCC TV Program
CBCC TV is webinar platform to bring corporate partners to engage under-served communities. CBCC TV to air educational webinars, interviews from prominent and successful business owners in their respective disciplines, and create unique content that attracts subscribers to an exclusive viewing experience on the Channel.
A design-built technology platform to integrate the supplier bid process (Real Time) to decision makers in both the private and public sectors. Through Opportunity Link (OL) the Chamber screens potential vendors; provide technical assistance when necessary, and will guide them through the RFP/RFG process. Secondly, the OL allows the Chamber to create and maintain a repository of data on the utilization of minorities in the supply chain process. Opportunity Link will stay in place until the current .05% utilization of African American is elevated to a minimum of 5% annual, both in the public and private sectors.
Partnership with Girls Who Code
GIRLS WHO CODE supports and increases the number of women in computer science. Our newest program features Girls Who Code, which will enhance the STEM program for young women. GIRLS WHO CODE is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks likes and does. This program offers learning opportunities for our students and alumni to deepen their computer science skills as well as their confidence. It creates clear pathways for Girls Who Code alumni from middle school and high school into the computing workforce. The program builds a supportive sisterhood of peers and role models who help our students and alumni persist and succeed.
Aubry L. Stone Youth Entrepreneur Scholarship Program — ALS YES Program
Over the past 20 years, the Chamber Foundation has made this program available to over 1,500 young people, who have been exposed to creating their own small business and introducing students to real business men and women mentors and teaching them to how to build relationships.
The Youth Entrepreneur Summit serves approximately 75-100 at-risk young adults who are graduating from high school and attending college. These students will be educated and trained in how to develop their own small business and at least 10 will receive a scholarship from the California Black Chamber Foundation. We partner with local youth groups and other organizations to coordinate students' attendance.
The Primary objective is to create tomorrow's entrepreneur; create responsible young adults capable of competing in the 21st Century's challenging environment. Emphasis is placed on STEM subject matter including pre & post school hours. Allocated studies curriculum extends to March through May each year and recognized at the Chamber's Foundation annual "Ron Brown" Economic Summit held in August. With the assistance of caring corporate partners, the Chamber has awarded in excess of $350,000.00 in scholarships to deserving students to advance our Futures Initiatives.
IMPACT COMMUNICATIONS PROJECT:
It is the goal/objective of the California Black Chamber of Commerce Foundation to affect the dynamics of our community through the impact of our communications platform. The CBCC currently is the only Chamber of Commerce in the state of California that owns and operates a radio station which streams worldwide and provides "Real Time "broadcast via I-Phones. The Impact Project objective is to educate, train and create engagement of the community at large on those issues/subjects that the Chamber Foundation deem critical to the overall growth and development of communities of color in general and African American communities in particular. Subject Matter includes; family structure, consumer education, financial literacy, health issues and economic development and empowerment.
Legislative and Public Policy Forum Program
The annual Legislative Reception is attended by a wide array of California business and community leaders. It provides an opportunity for small business owners to network with legislators in a relaxed atmosphere and share information related to critical legislation affecting minority and African American owned businesses throughout the state. It also gives the CBCC a platform to publicly recognize those elected officials and business leaders who have performed meritorious service. The Public Policy Forum Luncheon offers an opportunity to converse with government and community leaders to discuss the political climate of our state and address the real issues of small minority businesses and under-served communities. In 2019 CBCC has made water a critical issue and collaborated with California Water Association to present an interactive forum on California's water issues and the resulting impact to our landscape.
The COMPETITIVE EDGE
The Competitive Edge series is a face-to-face regional engagement with small, medium business enterprises throughout the state to influence their ability to be successful. With subject matter ranging from creating joint ventures (JVs) to prime/subprime relationships. Inclusive in the series there is both private/public certifying criteria market research on products and services provided together with access to capital for business expansion. Also included are alternate monthly webinars addressing issues such as trade marking, patents and HR. The California Black Chamber of Commerce's COMPETITIVE EDGE "is a 5 year initiatives started in 2015 to increase the current number of African Americans in business in California 5% by 2020.