Long Island, New York – New York State’s largest African American Chamber of Commerce LIAACC (Long Island African American Chamber, Inc.) is a shining example of chamber development and its impact on the regional and local area that it is chartered to serve in New York State. Since its inception in 2010; LIAACC has continued to grow significantly in numbers, along with increasing its impact on its service territory. LIAACC helps small business owners in the areas of access to capital, technical assistance, advocacy, and entrepreneurial training.
In 2014, LIAACC officially installed its first Officers and Board of Directors at an historic installation ceremony at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative building in the ceremonial chambers of Nassau County. Judge Norman St. George, Supervising Judge of Nassau District Court; Acting Supreme Court Justice swore in LIAACC’S President, Phil Andrews. Judge Andrea Phoenix swore in the Officers and Board of Directors. The installation was held in conjunction with Nassau County Office of Minority Affairs under the leadership of Dr. Phillip Elliot, Deputy County Executive Office of Minority Affairs.
Long Island Business News has recognized the work of its members in the categories of Leadership In Law, 50 Influential Women on Long Island, Diversity Awards; other awards Include Glass Ceiling Awards, Nassau County Small Business Person of the Year and Legislative Breakfast, and the Excellence In Communication Awards. In addition LIAACC’S members have been honored by the Islip Chapter of the NAACCP, Black Business Awards, and the Suffolk County Independent Business Women’s Awards.
LIAACC has conducted unique meetings in venues such as Nassau County Museum of Art, Hofstra University Museum, NYCB Theatre of Westbury, and PA-Nash Restaurant & Lounge. The chamber annually presents a signature event Black History Art Exhibition along with the Long Island Arts Alliance, Bloomingdales, and LI Black Artist Association. LIAACC is a founding member of the Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers.
In 2015 the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.,FidelisCare, and MLK Center in Long Beach hosted a Joint toy drive at the Martin Luther Center in Long Beach where Several hundred toys were distributed to the families with children in attendance affected by Hurricane Sandy.
In November of 2016 the LIAACC launched and unveiled its new website. In May of 2016 LIAACC served as the lead organization for the 1st of its kind Regional Chamber Leadership Conference which was held at Hofstra University. Co-host for the event included the Nassau County Council of Chambers, Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers, and the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Ron Busby, Sr. President and CEO of the US Black Chambers, Inc. which is the nation’s largest national Black Chamber organization in the country served as the keynote for the Regional Leadership Conference. LIAACC’S MWBE Chair Charlene Jackson Thompson, Esq. work was recently honored by NY State Senator John E. Brooks.
LIAACC is a membership 501 C (6) membership based organization serving the counties of Nassau Suffolk, Queens and Kings. To join LIAACC as a member log on to www.liaacc.org
Photo: Left to Right: Gail Richardson, LIAACC Volunteer , Bonita Clark, LIAACC Volunteer, Sharon Davis, LIAACC VP, Phil Andrews, LIAACC, President, Deon Brown, Co-Chair LIAACC Membership, Germaine Auguste, Esq. LIAACC Secretary, and Deidre Helberg, Co-Chair LIAACC Membership at LIAACC Annual Women’s History Month Program Honoring “Women Who shine”