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Founded in 1935 as the city’s first African-American civic organization, the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce (GHBC) has evolved into an active participant in the City of Houston’s socioeconomic process. The organization is a 501(c)(6), not-for-profit, private, member-driven organization that serves the Greater Houston Area. The GHBC recently held its 22nd Annual Pinnacle Awards celebrating the success of African-American businesses.
Houston is one of the largest cities in the nation, located in a culturally diverse metropolitan region of over 5 million residents – and growing at more than twice the national pace. African-Americans constitute more than 20 percent of the population. The GHBC helps its partners and members navigate Houston’s large, diverse population, industries and the many nuances, which are unique to our city. The GHBC is the “go-to” organization for business development and community outreach partnership opportunities in the Houston African-American community.
The GHBC is dedicated to supporting African-American small businesses in the areas of education, certification and accessing contracting opportunities and capital. The GHBC is Houston’s premier source for identifying quality and qualified African-American, multi-sectored small businesses to do business with. The organization has a database of over 2,000 unique resources and members.
The GHBC has earned Houston’s trust and has built solid alliances with the Port of Houston Authority, Shell, Marathon Oil, CenterPoint Energy, Reliant Energy, United Healthcare, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Initiative, the Greater Houston Partnership, Rice University, Houston Community College System, Texas Southern University, the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council and other organizations to ensure it is providing accessible resources to its members and the business community. Partnering with the GHBC is synonymous with having access to potential new customers, quality African-American small business resources and demonstrates a care for doing business with the African-American community.
Houston is a large, thriving city that depends on its business owners, organizations, and citizens for its continued growth and success. The GHBC is proud that many can attest to the benefits of membership with the organization. Their alliances with corporate partners create unique and very present opportunities to connect and flourish.
The mission of the GHBC is to both secure and retain a broad and diverse base of members that reflect the culture of the GHBC community, and provide financial and volunteer resources to implement the organization’s initiatives.
The GHBC takes great joy in enriching the business community that it serves. The Foundation is an extension of the GHBC that works tirelessly to provide opportunities for members, aspiring entrepreneurs, professionals and students. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports all GHBC programs.
Over the past 38 years, the GHBC has given countless dollars toward advancing, educating, equipping and empowering other minority business entrepreneurs, professionals and students. This work of charity is both relevant and necessary to meet the growing needs of our community.
The GHBC is focused on assisting both mature and young minority entrepreneurs to both create and facilitate growth for their businesses. Their goal is to ensure the continual success of the Foundation so that GHBC efforts can help ensure the long-term success of its member companies and corporate partners.
The Pinnacle Awards
For the past 22 years, the GHBC has hosted the Pinnacle Awards honoring excellence, tenacity and dedication of entrepreneurial spirit in the African-American business community. The GHBC established the Pinnacle Awards in 1994. The award ceremony was created to recognize outstanding African-American businesses in the greater Houston area. The Pinnacle Award is the most prestigious award that the GHBC bestows in honor of Black-owned businesses.
The awards go to African-American entrepreneurs who not only have succeeded in business, but have positively impacted the communities and industries they serve. Recipients are professional, capable and committed to maintaining a high quality business operation worthy of the Pinnacle Award.
The 2016 Pinnacle Awards winners:
- Fort Bend Academy of Arts and Dance
- Hiram Style, LLC
- Kelly Kaluza and Associates
- The Education Valet, Inc.
- The Sutton Insurance Agency, Inc.
In addition to the coveted Pinnacle Awards, the GHBC 2016 Upstart Award was awarded to Taylor Elite Transportation, LLC.
“Pinnacle continues to expand our reach within the African-American and greater Houston community,” says Che’ McFerrin, Pinnacle Co-Chair, Supplier Diversity Lead with NRG. “I’m honored to celebrate each business who courageously expands economic empowerment for all.”
The program also honored Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Senator-Elect Borris L. Miles with the Mickey Leland Entrepreneurial Public Leadership Award. Other community award recipients were Janette Cosley, Ensemble Theater, with the Endurance Award; Errol Allen, II, National Black MBA – Houston Chapter with the Excellence Award; and LaMecia Butler, Super Bowl Host Committee with the Advocate of the Year Award.
“The evening was such a majestic display of the impact and influence of the GHBC in the city of Houston. It was an honor to serve as Co-Chair alongside Mrs. McFerrin to celebrate all who were in attendance,” stated Co-Chair Latoya Bullard-Franklin, CEO of The Bulsard Group, LLC.
Houston’s local clergy also received honors: Bishop James Dixon, Community of Faith, Co-Pastors Remus and Mia Wright, Fountain of Praise and Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell, Windsor Village UMC were honored with the Community of Faith Award.
The GHBC continues to represent the interests of and promote greater unity among the African-American business community. The GHBC Pinnacle Award ceremony will continue to recognize and honor outstanding African-American businesses that are paying it forward. For more information about the Greater Houston Black Chamber, please visit www.ghbcc.com or call the GHBC at (713) 660-8299.