2019 Annual NAAACC Conference and Expo

SOURCE: North Alabama African American Chamber of Commerce (NAAACC)

Huntsville — The North Alabama African American Chamber of Commerce (NAAACC) held its annual conference and expo on September 20th to the theme of “Passion + Productivity + Perseverance = Business Success”, highlighting the determined spirit of small business owners. The conference featured a total of 9 presentations and workshops on a variety of topics including: Choosing the Right Business Structure, Marketing Your Way, Building Wealth with Investment Property, Cultural Heritage/Tourism & Cultural Economics, How to Compare Your Website Against Your Competitors, Protect Your Small Business: What You Don’t Know May Cost You, and Certify & Grow Your Business. The North Alabama Black Pages 2019-2020 were also official released.

Awards luncheon keynote speaker, Alabama Secretary of Labor Fitzgerald Washington, fielded several questions and enlightened attendees on the economic performance of our state. NAAACC Award winners recognized were: “Albert Morris” Legacy Award – Carl Fallin, CPA (35 years in business); Entrepreneur of the Year – Ericka Norton owner of Nurturing Nails and Getaway Barbershop; and NAAACC Outstanding Service Award – Kayron Clay. Primary event sponsors were Toyota Alabama, Quali-Tech Properties, Huntsville Housing Authority, Cadence Bank, and the Alabama Small Business Development Center Network.

Vernon S. of Toyota Alabama said, “the event was very informative, and a lot of good information was presented”. “This was a great event and I’m glad I was an exhibitor”, said Janelle Brown of Brown Books & More of Decatur. Long time NAAACC member Sandra Brazelton of Quali-Tech Properties noted, “the NAAACC has been instrumental in my business success, and I am so proud to be a sponsor of this event”.

Visit www.naaachamber.org for more information about the NAAACC.

(L-R) Awards luncheon keynote speaker, Alabama Secretary of Labor Fitzgerald Washington and Jerry Mitchell, NAAACC, executive director
(L-R) NAAACC Board Member R. Alexander, winner Ericka Norton, and Jerry Mitchell, NAAACC, executive director
(L-R) R. Alexander, Award Winner Carl Fallin, CPA and Jerry Mitchell
(L-R) Award Winner Kayron Clay, and award presenters R. Alexander, and Jerry Mitchell