THE BLACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE-
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 Sr. Memorial Golf Tournament” is held to benefit the scholarship program. The Black Chamber’s theme of work for 2018 is: "Moving Ahead for a Better Tomorrow!"
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 29th Ebony Bar Awards Banquet has been set for Saturday, November 10, 2018. 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-