The Greater First Coast Chamber of Commerce, Innovation & Trade (First CCCIT) is celebrating National Black Business Month with a series of promotions and interviews with member legacy businesses such as Holley’s Bar B-Q, established in 1937, and one of few restaurants that continued operations during the recent pandemic.
Black-owned businesses have long been a vital part of the economic fiber of the city of Jacksonville. During the month of August, First CCCIT will feature virtual and in-person grant readiness workshops to assist business owners in obtaining capital for their businesses, the organization will host Facebook Lives with legacy business members, and host a business owner Courthouse Tour at the Duval County Courthouse where they will hear from the Honorable Judge Rhonda Peoples-Waters.
The chamber’s first initiative and launch in February 2021 led with a Black History Month campaign to #FlipTheSign and reduce COVID-19 Black business closures. Pronounced “First Seat” (CCCIT), the regional partnership intends to serve the North Florida and Southeast Georgia business community to help expand COVID-19 recovery initiatives and address the need for long-term sustainability for underserved businesses and entrepreneurs. Read our press release HERE.
Within its first calendar year, the chamber has grown to more than 50 members and established a Lake City Lead Group comprising nearly a dozen members. Ongoing programs include a Diversity Speaker Series, Meet Your Banker Speaker Series, information and resource sharing, Grant Alert notifications, and small business workshops. The chamber’s leadership personally coaches and manages entrepreneurial development programs consisting of more than 150 microenterprises and small businesses, mostly minority and women-owned.
Help us to celebrate Black Business Month and #FlipTheSign to reduce COVID-19 Black business closures. This month and every month, we ask this great community to support our diverse business ecosystem in the greater First Coast by shopping small, shopping local, and supporting an inclusive economy and better business recovery for all.
Dr. V Brooks Dunbar, Interim Vice President/Executive Director at email@example.com