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.”

We will host a monthly (excluding December) Business After Hours networking event on the THIRD Tuesday of each month from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at a local organization. Check the Chamber calendar for updates

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1st Celebration & Annual Dinner
The African American Business Association will be celebrating their first full year of existence on Tuesday, October 30th with a night of celebration including a procurement panel discussion, business of the year award, and recognition of three individuals with a “trailblazer” award. Register today to join us!

Submit Your Business Information

We are compiling a list of all Black-owned businesses in the Joliet area. Please click the button below to bring up a form and we ask that you fill out as much information as possible.

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

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Interested in becoming a part of the African American Business Association?
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SPONSORS FOR THE 1st Celebration & Annual Dinner

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