African American Chamber celebrates 20 years of service


DORIS CARSON WILLIAMS

Twenty years ago, a group of Black businessmen hit on the idea of forming an African American Chamber of Commerce to help grow small businesses and foster relationships among them, and with the corporate and public sectors. It was chartered in 1998 and hasn’t looked back—until last week, when the Rivers Club hosted a celebration of those 20 years.

Doris Carson Williams, who was hired away from the Carnegie Museums to be the chamber’s first director—now president and CEO—said the evening was very special because she got to see old friends and members that she hasn’t seen for some time.

Samuel Stephenson, the chamber’s first board chair and the current chair, gave a brief history of the organization’s formation. Chuck Powell, formerly with the Urban…

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