Black Chambers Across Florida Gather in Tallahassee For 3rd Annual Black Chamber Day


The Florida Association of Black Chambers of Commerce (FABCC) hosted its third annual Black Chamber Day at the Capitol in Tallahassee, commencing on Feb. 5, 2024, with a vibrant reception and live band performance by Tallahassee Nights.

The event continued on February 6th with a day of advocacy and education for attendees.

With Florida ranking as the third-best state in the nation for black businesses according to certain studies, Black Chamber Day serves as a crucial platform for business leaders, chamber presidents, and owners to engage in advocacy efforts and gain insights into accessing state funds.

Shaheewa Jarrett Gelin, Esq., the founder of FABCC and Broward County Black Chamber of Commerce, emphasized the event’s significance in educating participants on navigating the state’s resources.

Sponsored by Florida Prepaid College Savings Plans, FPL’s BE PowerFL, and BBIF, the event featured esteemed speakers such as Secretary of Florida Commerce J. Alex Kelly, CEO of Visit Florida Dana Young, and incoming Florida House Speaker Danny Perez.

Discussions ranged from economic development initiatives to plans for an African American History museum in Florida, highlighting the importance of community engagement in shaping policy decisions.

Attendees had the opportunity to engage with elected officials from the Senate Committee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development, as well as the House Committee on Infrastructure & Tourism, advocating for appropriations and policies that support black-owned businesses.

With over 380,000 Black-owned businesses in Florida, Black Chamber Day underscores the importance of advocacy for resources and support for these enterprises.

Looking ahead, FABCC remains committed to creating an enabling environment for black entrepreneurs to thrive and contribute to job growth and economic prosperity.

The success of the third annual Black Chamber Day at the Capitol sets the stage for future advocacy efforts and collaboration between black chambers and elected officials.

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