Thomas and Patricia Swain founded the Georgia State African American Chamber of Commerce
Hank Harris, Cornell Kimbrough and Emery Graham all came on board as consultants in tourism, finances and economic development respectively.
Jeanne Cyriaque, Historic Preservation and Eugene Franklin, Chamber, and Tourism, have become consultants.
Board Directors chosen.
Developing proposal to present to the USDA for start-up capital.
Met with the city of Sylvester, GA to propose the acquisition of the historic J.W. Holley gym, for office space, business resource center, and incubator.
Gained Citizen Trust Bank as a partner.CTB is the oldest black bank in the US.
First Board Meeting took place at Albany Police Department Community Room.
Citizen Trust Bank became a corporate member. Since 1921, Citizens Trust Bank has been a long lasting leader in the financial services industry. The vision of the five founding fathers of the institution continues with a legacy of pride and dedication to the economic empowerment of the people and communities it serves.
Artesian Contracting became a corporate member. Artesian is a Georgia based federal/commercial/industrial construction company with 25 years of experience as a general contractor and design builder
Rural Leader Magazine became a corporate sponsor.
Became a marketing partner with GA Department of Transportation for contracting opportunities
State Representative Gerald Greene single handily walked a resolution through the GA House of Reps in support of GSAACC, Inc. Special thanks to Representatives Greene of the 151st district and Ealum of the 153rd.
To view: House Resolution 1331
We were invited to the State Capitol during session by Representative Darrel Ealum, for a formal introduction after receiving the resolution. (see photos) It was indeed a learning experience.
Installed "Willie Moody Day", May 14th, proclaimed by Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard. The celebration was held at Albany's Tift Park.
Proposed " Albany Friends of Veteran's Park," Committee of community professionals has been developed. The objective of the committee is the forward promotions and productions at Veteran's Park, downtown Albany, GA. The team met with the downtown city manager, Latoya Cutts and made proposal. We will continue on with development,
Fundraiser, July 2nd. Lang BBQ Smokers donated an 84" smoker, Mike's Country Store will donate meat and Paul Dunbar of Dunbar's BBQ will cook!!
The Fundraiser was a great success, it was called BBQ Fundraiser and Hotter than a Firecracker Block Party. The temp WAS hotter than a firecracker, but it was great networking and well worth it!!! (see pics)
Sept. 7, 2016 - Patricia Swain, Executive Sec, extended a welcome at the annual 40 under 40 group, invited by Dr. Kunita Murphy, "Rural Leader Magazine". A great honor.
Sept. 8, 2016 - GSAACC partnered with X-tratainment, Inc. to raise funds for the chamber by smoking meats like ribs, brisket and a signature sandwich called, "Not Yo Momma's Bologna Sandwich"...and a few sides.
Oct. 25, 2016 - Joined State Rep Winfred Dukes who hosted a public hearing @ ASU of "House Study Committee on Georgia Minority Participation in the Film & Television Industry". Facilitated by Rep. "Able" Mable Thomas
Nov. 30, 2016 - GSAACC, Inc attended final meeting of "House Study Committee on Georgia Minority Participation in the Film & Television Industry held at the capitol on yesterday. Hosted by State Rep "Able" Maple Thomas, the committee visited three of GA's cities. We made two of the meetings. Board member Shelly Lewis of Peachy Keen Tours brought back a ton of useful info and contact to assist us in our advocacy for the people and our members.
YouTube channel developed to place members videos highlighting their businesses. Visit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd_tyv67gJMPjVW6jdoQu0A
Formed an alliance with SCORE, a non-profit dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. (April 2017)
President, Tom Swain has been added to the Strategic Advisory Board of Minority Access to Capital. A Lithonia GA based company whose goals are to assist minorities and women in finding business funding and building generational wealth. The company was founded by Attorney and State Rep Dar'shun Kendrick. http://www.minorityatc.org/
Two new Board Members added to GSAACC, Inc. Barry Brown of Barred Entertainment and Cornelius Butler of Butler New Media. March 2017
Business Chronicles, GSAACC, Inc.'s radio show went live April 29, 2017. Partnering with Albany State University's, WSAU-92.7, the show airs every Saturday afternoons from 4-430PM.
April, 2017 A funding arm for the chamber has been developed. This development, an LLC, has been named "Friends of GSAACC, Inc., LLC". "Friends" is a funding platform that is designed to allow investment activity on the grassroots level through a registered entity as well as serve as a lending source for members. Currently, "Friends" is involved in proposing an Entertainment Pavilion @ American Legion Post #512, Albany, GA. The entity was developed through The Board of Directors, The Executive Team, and our legal dept.
July 2017 - State Representative Able Mable Thomas, joined Thomas and Patricia Swain for lunch to give her vote of approval.
July 2017 - GSAACC, Inc. introduced CineDome Studios to Albany City Council. The Studio is considering Albany as their home.
October 2017 - Assisted "Friends" in the production of the Flint River Blues & BBQ Festival, held at Chehaw in Albany on Oct. 28th. The event was a celebration of the Blues Music Culture. The festival was family friendly and featured a group of awesome artist. Lastly, there was BBQ!!!
mission & vision
To fuel, educate and fund the entrepreneurial spirit of African Americans in the State of GA.
Our mission is simple but it is based on real needs of black businesses. GA is primed for our aspirations as it has a high number of black business, actually the second highest in the nation, following NY. Most of the black business in the state are small mom and pop companies with incomes below $100,000 annually but according to census stats, the number of African American companies in the state totals well over 150,000. These numbers in our opinion represents a great place to start"
Goal – To Increase the number of Black owned and operated Hotels, vendors, and executives
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GA State African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
To become the leading advocate of entrepreneurship for African Americans in the State of GA, ultimately leading to prosperity for all.