The Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAACC) is dedicated to advocating and promoting the economic growth and development of the African American business by focusing on legislative advocacy, as well as identifying and developing business opportunities and strategic business alliances.
GLAAACC was established by business owners and executives such as Gene Hale, President of G&C Equipment Corporation and the late Hormer Broome, former president of Marvid Associates in 1991. They wanted to create an organization that would advocate for African American-owned business enterprises as well as promote growth and expansion. They began with a 5,000 grant from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc, and from there attracted the attention of many major corporations as well as the public utility sector.
GLAAACC’s annual fundraising dinner has grown in size and stature since it’s first one in 1993. It has had notable speakers such as former LA Governor Gray Davis as well as Earvin “Magic” Johnson. GLAAACC continues to create networking opportunities for its members through luncheons and receptions. These events allow members to meet, exchange information, and develop relationships with potential customers and investors.
GLAAACC advocates and supports African American business enterprise by providing many different programs and services to help their growth and development. Not only do they provide resources to help expand business opportunities for the African American business community, GLAAACC also created an Education Fund & Foundation to provide scholarships to high school students who are seeking a degree in business or a related field. In addition, GLAAACC also fundraises for toys around the holidays to donate to nonprofits assisting low income families as well as provides turkeys to parents of children in Southern Los Angeles.
GLAAACC also hosts many events and learning opportunities to get game changers in the field (45 and younger) more involved. For example GLAAACC recently hosted a gamechangers panel to target 200 young professionals in all walks of their career working specifically in entrepreneurship and small business where I sat on as a panelist. I was extremely inspired by my fellow panelists. Cari Champion continues to be a trailblazer in her field. Her command of the stage was felt by all of us. I am always encouraged by the work that Karim Webb does with the city of Los Angeles. Steve Ballmer’s passion for investing in platforms that help break the cycle of generational poverty should be a blueprint for all philanthropist. Poppy Hanks provides a great example to women of color in the entertainment industry breaking down barriers and Kesha Cash does a great job of showing how community impact investments can also be profitable business ventures. Continuing to be a part of these great events and advocating for and inspiring young African Americans to get involved in the business community as well as developing opportunities is a passion I feel blessed to continue to pursue.