Message from the President/CEO

Greetings Michigan Black Chamber Prospective Member,

We are excited about your company becoming a member of the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce, the first state-wide advocacy organization for African American businesses throughout the State of Michigan. Your company will become a part of history and will be forever remembered in the African American business community.

These are critical times in the State of Michigan’s economy, however, we, as a community, must support entrepreneurial activity and small business growth. We are also witnessing a tremendous paradigm shift-from a state dominated by the automotive industry towards a more diversified and progressive entrepreneurship environment. African Americans are realizing their consumer buying power and refocusing the dollar to support those who in turn support them. In the state of Michigan, African Americans purchase more than $8 billion dollars and represent better than 79,000 black-owned firms; 32,500 of those businesses reside in the city of Detroit alone.

As a member, you will have an opportunity to make a tremendous impact, economically, in the state of Michigan and will be the engine behind its innovation. The return on investment is unlike any other opportunity dealing directly with African American entrepreneurs, consumers, and businesses in the state of Michigan. We hope this opportunity meets every expectation for a mutually beneficial partnership for the future. Together we can make a difference.

Enclosed is the 2011 membership packet for further details and information regarding this exciting and mutually beneficial opportunity? We look forward to your continued partnership, company participation, and involvement.

Entrepreneurially,

Kenneth Harris
President/CEO
Michigan Black Chamber

William Brooks
Chairman
Michigan Black Chamber

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