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History

THE BLACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE-PERMIAN BASIN (BCCPB), is a non-profit organization under the Internal Revenue Code as a 501 (c) 6 status.  It was chartered with the Texas Secretary of State in 1984, making this our 33rd  year as the Black Chamber.  The BCCPB is chartered for the seventeen county area known as the Permian Basin, with members in Odessa, Midland, Monahans, Andrews and McCamey.  The chamber itself is located in the City of Odessa and the county of Ector.  The membership of the BCCPB includes individuals, businesses, clubs, churches, non-profits and corporate members.  Its membership is multi-ethnic and has grown in the last few years to over 150+ members.  

The BCCPB’s primary objective is to promote the creation and retention of Black/Minority Owned businesses in   the Permian Basin area through Economic Development and to promote Black / minority Convention and Tourism.  The work of the BCCPB is concentrated mainly in the Black Communities of the Permian Basin, where it works toward the economic stability, growth and business creation within those communities. We work on a statewide basis on state legislative agendas as a member of the Texas Association of African American Chambers of  Commerce and on the national level with the National Black Chamber of Commerce.

Each year, the Black Chamber of Commerce conducts workshops for small and minority businesses on:

a.   How to Develop a Business    c.   Procurement with Local Government     

b.   Doing Business in the State of Texas       d.   Financing with Local Banks            .   

The Black Chamber has established a Scholarship Fund for graduating seniors from Ector County High Schools.  An average of three (3) scholarships at $500 each are awarded in May each year. On the third weekend of July each year, “The Robert E. Williams Memorial Golf Tournament” is held to benefit the scholarship program. The Black Chamber’s theme of work for 2017 is:  "Community First!"

The Black Chamber is not funded in any way by the City of Odessa by the dollars that are received from the State of Texas for Economic Development and for Convention and Tourism.  It relies on membership, special fund raising and corporate support.  The major fund raising event started in 1986 was the “Ebony Bar Awards Banquet”, held usually the second weekend in November. This year, our 28th Ebony Bar Awards Banquet has been set for Saturday, November 11, 2017.   The BCCPB recognizes during this awards presentation, a male or female Black business owner for their contribution to the Black community, along with several other prestigious community awards.  

The Black Chamber of Commerce-Permian Basin held the first organizational meeting in 1986, to start the Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce of which it is a member along with 22 other Black/African American Chambers of Commerce from all over the state of Texas.  The Black Chamber of Commerce-Permian Basin is one of twenty-three (23) African American Chambers in Texas. It is a member along with other community organizations and helps to support the efforts of Economic/Community Development, Convention and Tourism, as well as Commerce in the Black communities of the Permian Basin.

A non-profit status, 501© 3 has been granted from the Internal Revenue Service as, the "Odessa Black Chamber Charitable Fund", which is the BCCPB’s non-profit foundation.  Our annual Scholarship Golf Tournament is given each year by this foundation.