African American Business Association

Opening new doors, developing future entrepreneurs, strengthening skills, and expanding networks.

The African American Business Association is a collaboration and vision that has now come to fruition between the Chamber and community members. These individuals from the community approached the Chamber with a need for the formation of a business focused group to serve African American owners, managers, employees, and individuals.

The overall focus of the new group will cover four main topics including Business & Economic Development, Job Readiness, Professional Development, and Networking / Special Events. The main drive is to open new doors, develop future entrepreneurs, strengthen skills, and expand networks.

We strongly believe that the African American Business Association will carry on the tradition of respected sub-groups and deliver quality programs and events. The Mission of the this group is as follows: “To advocate for the creation, growth, and general welfare of African American businesses throughout the Joliet Region, while fostering economic development in the African American communities.”

Please join us for our Kick-Off event on Thursday, August 24

 

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Board of Directors

OFFICERS

Cornel Darden
Board Chair

Mike Clark
Board Vice Chair


COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Willie Sellers
Professional Development

Burneva McCullum
Job Readiness

R. Dale Evans
Economic & Business Development

Shamill Muhammad
Events

Robert Porter
Treasurer

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Secretary


MEMBER AT LARGE

Cathy Wells
Board Member

Marcus Mars
Board Member

Jennifer Jobe-Gavin
Board Member

Pastor Deddrick Perry
Board Member

Betty Washington
Board Member

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Board Member

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Board Member

Interested in Joining?

If you are interested in joining the following volunteers and promoting your business while aiding the chamber

Call or email
Michael J. Paone, IOM
Vice President
(815) 727-5371 -or- mpaone@jolietchamber.com

Interested in becoming a part of the African American Business Association?
Download a 
Membership Application

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS FOR THE AUGUST 24 KICK-OFF EVENT

Event Sponsor

Wild Tuna Sushi

Hors D’oeuvres Sponsors

City of Joliet

Minor-Morris Funeral Home

State Farm Agent Howard Wright

State Senator Pat McGuire

State Representative Larry Walsh, Jr.

O’Dekirk, Allred & Associates, LLC.

Chicagoland Transportation, LLC.

TransNational Payments

Casanova Information Services

Program Sponsor

Robert E. Hamilton Consulting Engineers, Inc.