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NKY Chamber Honors African-American Chamber with Community Award

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce honored the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky African-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) with its NKY Community Award, in recognition of the organization's 25th anniversary of service to businesses in the area.

The African-American Chamber was founded in 1996 with a vision to form an organization that would advocate on behalf of emerging and established businesses, help to create new market opportunities, provide access to capital, and revitalize African-American communities.

The AACC’s recent study in partnership with University of Cincinnati Economics Center reported that Greater Cincinnati Black-owned businesses support more than $1.4 billion of operations expenditures and are responsible for employing more than 8,600 people with $540 million in earnings throughout the area.

The analysis also found that black-owned businesses generated approximately $6.2 million in sales tax to Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, and an additional $1.2 million to the five counties in the Cincinnati metropolitan area.

In March, NKY Chamber President Brent Cooper presented the Community Award to Eric Kearney, president and CEO of the AACC.

“I’m honored to present the Community Award to the African American Chamber,” Cooper said. “For a quarter century, their efforts have been vital to supporting the African American community as well as the NKY economy. There is still significant work to be done to empower Black-owned businesses, and we are proud to partner with AACC to continue to push diversity and inclusion, and advocacy efforts forward.”

-Staff report

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