African American Chamber of Commerce to hold membership drive, exhibition space available

Nov. 14, 2011 at 5:14 a.m.

If you are a small business owner in The Crossroads, the African American Chamber of Commerce wants you.

Small business owners are invited to come out and participate in The African American Chamber of Commerce's (AACV) 2011 membership drive, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 17. at 120 South Main Street.

"It is for anyone who wants to gain more knowledge about what it takes to operate or start up a small business," said AACV president Matthew Gaskin.

The membership drive is being held as a continued effort of the chamber to work for and monitor Victoria's growth and development to improve employment and business opportunities, according to a press release issued by the chamber.

The event will feature a networking hour, informational booths from area businesses as well as guest speakers including Jim Wyatt, chairman of the state chapter of the African American Chamber of Commerce, as well as speakers from the Victoria Economic Development Cooperation and University of Houston-Victoria's Small Business Development Center.

The focus of their presentations will be on ways small businesses in the Crossroads can tap into the economic growth taking place in the area, according to the press release.

Currently, the AACV is comprised of about 30 businesses, ranging from car detailing businesses and restaurants to clothing stories and barber shops.

Gaskin said he hopes to have at least 50 new members by the end of the event.



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