National Black Chamber of Commerce

The National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) was incorporated as The National Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc., in 1993. It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian organization dedicated to the economic empowerment of African American communities. Additionally, the organization indicates that it represents the views of its members regarding economic and political policy issues; domestically and internationally. It is organized as a 501(c) corporation and has at least 190 chapters within the United States. The NBCC also has international chapters in the Bahamas, Brazil, Colombia, Ghana and Jamaica.[1] As with all Chambers of Commerce, affiliate branches are committed to carrying out the goals of the main Chamber within their areas.

The NBCC is a very young national organization when compared to others such as the NAACP and CORE. It is also the first major African American organization to focus on economic empowerment. The NBCC was founded by Harry Alford, who serves as the first President and CEO. He also is a Board member of the United States Chamber of Commerce.[2] In an interview reported in Human Events, Mr. Alford identifies with the Booker T. Washington approach to African American self empowerment and sees the approach of W.E.B. Du Bois and the NAACP (whom he calls enemies of Washington) as primarily political.[3]

Mission and strategic goals

The stated mission of the NBCC is to "economically empower and sustain African American communities through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activity within the United States and via interaction with the Black Diaspora".[4]

The NBCC works to fulfill its mission by implementing the following goals:

Business development

The NBCC reaches 100,000 Black owned businesses. There are 1 million Black owned businesses in the United States. Black businesses account for over $100 billion in annual sales. African Americans have over $800 billion in expendable income each year according to the US Bureau of Census.


Those in this list have sponsored the NBCC and/or its events in the past, and may continue to do so.

Positions on legislation

The NBCC takes positions on federal and state legislation that may affect its goals.




  1. "National Black Chamber of Commerce - About Us, Organizational Profile". Retrieved 2007-02-19.
  2. "U. S. Chamber of Commerce - Board of Directors". Retrieved 2007-03-13.
  3. D'Agostino, Joseph A. (2004-08-05). "Conservative Spotlight: National Black Chamber of Commerce". Retrieved 2007-03-14.
  4. "National Black Chamber of Commerce - Strategic Plan". Retrieved 2007-02-19.
  5. "eBlast September 4, 2004". Retrieved 2007-02-26.
  6. "Exxon Mobil Corporation 2004 Worldwide Contributions and Community Investments" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-02-26.
  8. "HP News Release". Retrieved 2007-02-26.
  9. "New York Life Insurance Company, The National Black Chamber of Commerce and Lord Abbett Kick-Off The Building Wealth Tour for African-American Small Business Owners". Retrieved 2007-02-26.
  11. "National Black Chamber Opposes New FDA Tobacco Regulations". 2007-03-07. Retrieved 2007-03-19.
  12. "Microsoft Settlement Comments Submitted by the Telecommunications Research & Action Center, National Black Chamber of Commerce, National Native American Chamber of Commerce". 2002-01-28. Retrieved 2007-04-09.
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