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Published on September 14th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff



Pictured, Stephen Gilchrist, Chairman, South Carolina African American Chamber of Commerce

2015 Annual Meeting Captures Regional, State and National Endorsements

North Charleston, SC – On September 23-25, The Greater Charleston Business Alliance along with the South Carolina African American Chamber of Commerce will Co-host its 2015 Annual Meeting, Connect, Grow & Produce, to be held at the Embassy Suites – Convention Center, North Charleston, South Carolina. Small business owners, entrepreneurs, corporate executives and legislators are expected to attend. Additionally, numerous buying organizations who seek the elite ethnically diverse, woman owned and veteran owned members will also be present.

Governor Nikki Haley has issued an endorsement letter regarding the event stating, “From the dynamic speakers and exciting presentations to insider tips that can help solidify rewarding contracts, the Greater Charleston Business Alliance offers connections and solutions to overcome barriers to business growth and development.”

Among the National Speakers that have confirmed is Business Mogul and Presidential Candidate Donald Trump along with Karen Finney, Strategic Communications Advisor and Senior Spokesperson for Secretary and Presidential Candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Additional Presidential Candidates have been invited to engage attendees regarding economic development relative to minority business ownership. A formal announcement of potential unconfirmed Presidential candidates attending the 2015 Annual Meeting will be issued prior to the event.

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey and Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley will attend the event along with numerous Charleston city and County governmental representatives.

Conference Agenda – Day 1: Meet for lunch with local, state and national legislators about the local and national economy, ask questions and get feedback. Day 2: Phenomenal information, tools and workshops to grow your business with a keynote luncheon and excellent presenters. Day 3: Attend the Energy, Transportation and Offshore Drilling Symposium and learn from experts in each area.

Check out the GCBA Business Expo & Tradeshow and be sure to reserve your booth today. Don’t miss the One-on-One Matchmaking Sessions with major buying organizations. Register online at or call 843-958-411. Hotel accommodations are available at 1-800-EMBASSY – Group Code GCB.

History of GCBA – Established in 2009 by the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments as the Minority Business Partnership, GCBA was rebranded and re-launched by its founder, Dr. Evelyn DeLaine Hart in 2014 as a nonprofit organization with a multi-pronged approach to develop and meet the needs of its suppliers and buyers. Its mission is to accelerate the growth and development of minority businesses and the entrepreneurial community by building strong relationships and making successful, sustainable connections. GCBA will improve the region’s business environment by fostering diversity and eliminating barriers to opportunities for at risk businesses by unifying corporate and community leadership to create and implement solutions that affect the region’s business climate.

History of SCAACC – Established in 2011 by several prominent South Carolina business men and women, the South Carolina African American Chamber of Commerce has upheld its purpose to be an advocate for prosperity, progress and the permeations of success within every county and community in South Carolina. SCAACC’s mission is to promote commerce and industry for the creation and advancement of economic leadership within the Greater South Carolina African American business community. The vision is to be recognized as the voice of the African American business community through building relationships within the chamber leading to economic growth and retention in African American communities in every county in South Carolina. Through these relationships, South Carolina will begin to see the African American business community as an ally to its local government as well as to its economic and social progressive efforts that will shape the future of our state.


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