For Immediate Release: April 25, 2013

Contact: John E. Harmon, Sr. President and CEO

African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ

[email protected]

110 West State Street, Suite 2B

Trenton, NJ 08608


On May 2, 2013, the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (SHCC-NJ) and the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) will formalize their strategic alliance through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at One Gateway Center, Newark, NJ.

“This is an effort to create a single voice for over 137,000 Hispanic and African American businesses on issues relating to jobs, contracts and the requisite resources for our people”, says John Harmon, President and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey.

The MOU states that the organizations will work in collaboration on programming advocacy and events that will create more opportunities and increase the success of their members. The SHCC-NJ Chairman, Carlos Medina Esq. states “ We are very pleased to collaborate with the AACCNJ. Joining forces to address these emergent topics with our respective communities, as well as the business community of New Jersey overall, is part of our mission.”

The AACCNJ performs an essential role in the economic viability of New Jersey. As affirmed in its mission statement, the Chamber seeks to economically empower and sustain African American communities, and businesses with direct outreach programs, thereby facilitating entrepreneurship and free enterprise activity, not serving as mainly an association of allied businesses, the Chamber serves as a proactive advocacy group with a 501(c) 3 tax exemption, which is shared by the National Black Chamber of Commerce. While providing a platform for New Jersey’s African American businesses to speak with a collective voice, the AACCNJ advocates and promotes economic diversity while fostering a climate of business growth through major initiatives centering on education and public policy.

The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey represents over seventy five thousand businesses, and is working to expand business opportunities; encourage mutually beneficial ties with the public and private sectors; serve as an active and visible advocate in the political process; provide leadership and support for excellence in Education NOW for future business leaders; and to actively promote trade between the business communities of New Jersey, nationally and with its international counterparts.