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The Alabama State Black Chamber of Commerce(ASBCC) is committed to advancing the economic, intellectual, and social condition of its affiliates and members and the communities they serve throughout Alabama.


Dear ASBCC Family:
We are so thankful to visit great businesses around the state of Alabama
 


Queenpreneur’s Plan & Exotic Expressions Jewelry | Huntsville    


Gary Law LLC | Fairfield      

The Kloset | Fairfield

 NEWS & EVENTS

Thanks to all that attended the ASBCC Quarterly meeting on October 13h. We welcomed new member HP Cleaning LLC of Tuscaloosa. Join us at the next Quarterly meeting on January 12th at 12 noon at SOHO in Ensley.  Lunch will be served.   Following the meeting Alycia Levels – Moore of Polaris of Woodlawn, a co-working center,  joined the ASBCC Family.

Thanks to all that attended the ASBCC Quarterly meeting on October 13h. We welcomed new member HP Cleaning LLC of Tuscaloosa. Join us at the next Quarterly meeting on January 12th at 12 noon at SOHO in Ensley.  Lunch will be served.   Following the meeting Alycia Levels – Moore of Polaris of Woodlawn, a co-working center,  joined the ASBCC Family.

 

2022 Credit & Wealth Tour Extended! 

We completed a 4-city transformative tour focused on credit enhancement and wealth building, visiting the cities of  Birmingham, Dothan, Opelika and Mobile. Now we are coming to the Huntsville Metro & the Shoals.  The tour features presenters: reality TV star of Love & Marriage Huntsville and consumer advocate attorney/business owner Maurice Scott, and ADS Wealth Management president and $200 million portfolio manager Antonio Sankey.  Thank you to our sponsors Alabama Small Business Development Center and Wells Fargo Bank. For more information email info@alblackcc.org.

 

Member News & Kudos

Please VOTE on Tuesday November 8th!
 

Affiliate Contacts 

(contact affiliates directly regarding event scheduling and information affected by COVID-19).
Connect with one our affiliates and grow your business or nonprofit:
  • Birmingham Metro Black Chamber of Commerce (BMBCC). Contact Donnie Hatcher, BhamMetroBcc@gmail.com or call (205)873-4572.
  • Mobile Area Black Chamber of Commerce. Contact Leavie King, (251)554-7238, chairman@mabcc.net.
  • Huntsville Metro Black Chamber of Commerce. Contact Antoinette Hawthorne, (256)427-2650, info@hsvblackchamber.org
  • Northeast Alabama Black Chamber of Commerce. Contact Dorothy Taylor, (256) 458-5018.
  • River Region Black Chamber of Commerce (Montgomery). Contact Shannon Pickett, (334)462-6383 or rrblkchamber@gmail.com
  • Tuscaloosa Area Black Chamber of Commerce. Contact Patricia Cade, (205) 887-6111 or tuscblackchamber@gmail.com.  
  • Wiregrass Black Chamber of Commerce. Contact Ada Berry, (334)372-3547
  • East Alabama Black Chamber of Commerce. Contact Christine Bradshaw, (334) 278-0453.
 
Our Huntsville affiliate is hosting a conference & expo on Nov 18th, check it out:

Business Opportunities:

Visit Birmingham Water Works Board,  www.bwwb.org, for business opportunities.
 
Visit Mobile Area Water & Sewer System, www.mawss.com, for business opportunities.
 
Visit the Huntsville City Schools website for current opportunities, hsv-k12.org, or contact Pam Phillips, Procurement Director, pam.phillips@hsv-k12.org.

 

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

Program Helps Address Housing Issues for Disadvantaged Communities
Department of Housing and Urban Development
The Thriving Communities Technical Assistance program provides funding to technical assistance providers to help local governments ensure housing needs are considered as part of their larger infrastructure investment plans, while also supporting equitable development and local economic development ecosystems in disadvantaged communities. The program focuses on the following: identifying and using vacant, abandoned, or underutilized land located on or near transportation projects that is suitable for housing development to create location-efficient housing; preserving affordable housing and protecting residents and businesses from displacement as new infrastructure is deployed; identifying and implementing regulatory and procedural reforms to reduce unnecessary barriers to location-efficient housing that impede housing production and increase development costs; and improving coordination, both among public entities and between public entities and state recipients of infrastructure funding, transit authorities and other quasi-public entities, the private sector, and locally based organizations in ways that support a holistic and regional approach to housing and transportation. The application deadline is November 22, 2022.

Veteran Businesses Supported
Small Business Administration
The Veterans Business Outreach Center Program offers support to provide quality training and counseling to veteran small business owners and entrepreneurs. A key component of this program is for applicants to provide training to transitioning military personnel and spouses through the Boots to Business (B2B) Training Program and to veterans and military spouses through the Reboot Training Program. Additionally, applicants will provide counseling, training, technical and financial skill development, comprehensive business assessments, and mentoring services to veteran, active duty, Reserve, National Guard, military spouse, and family member entrepreneurs, and small business owners interested in starting, expanding, and diversifying small businesses. The application deadline is November 23, 2022.

Grants Bolster Programs for Underserved and At-Risk Children and Youth
Panera Bread Foundation
The Panera Bread Foundation's mission is to support and strengthen communities by investing in underserved and at-risk children and youth to become leaders. The Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. who provide access to programs for at-risk, underserved, or historically underrepresented children and youth. (Part of the services provided must be within 25 miles of a Panera U.S. location.) Qualified organizations are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving predominantly children and youth of color, ages 10-18, that have a new or existing program focused on college readiness, skills building, workforce or leadership development, post-high school planning, or mentorship. Eligible organizations can apply for grants between $25,000 and $150,000. The application deadline is November 14, 2022. Visit the Panera Bread website for more information on the Foundation and apply online to submit a grant application. In addition, Panera's Day-End Dough-Nation program donates unsold bread, bagels, and baked goods from Panera's bakery-cafes to local nonprofit organizations, public schools, and religious organizations. Applicants must distribute the donated products to people in need, people who are ill, or to underserved and at-risk children and youth and must commit to picking up and distributing the donations on a weekly and continuous basis. Organizations who are interested in the program can apply online. Panera's Donation Team will respond to all applicants. 
 
Support Available for Food Garden Projects
SeedMoney: Grants for Garden Projects
SeedMoney is a nonprofit helping U.S. and global food garden projects to thrive. SeedMoney offers challenge grants to food garden projects through a 30-day crowdfunding challenge running from November 15 to December 15, 2022. Grants are open to all types of public food garden projects, including youth gardens, community gardens, food bank gardens, school gardens, etc., regardless of their location. For 2022, 370 grants ranging from $100 to $1,000 and totaling over $75,000 will be provided. The size of a grant depends on how much a project raises over the 30-day crowdfunding challenge period compared to other participating projects. The following types of grants are provided: Challenge Grants, Strong Start Grants, and Geographic Interest Grants. Applications are due November 12, 2022, and on November 15, all funding campaigns whose applications were submitted on time and fit the criteria will go live for the crowdfunding challenge. Visit the SeedMoney website for more information.
 
Support Available to Build and Refresh Community Spaces in Small U.S. Towns
T-Mobile Hometown Grants Program
The T-Mobile Hometown Grants Program supports small towns throughout the United States by funding community projects. Grants of up to $50,000 are provided to up to 25 small towns every quarter. The focus is on projects to build, rebuild, or refresh community spaces that help foster local connections. Examples of eligible projects include the town square pavilion, a historic building, an outdoor park, a ball field, a library, or any space where friends and neighbors connect. Elected leaders, town managers/employees, and nonprofit leaders in small towns with populations of less than 50,000 are eligible to apply. Requests are reviewed quarterly. Online application information is available on the T-Mobile website.

Grants Enhance Music Education for Children
Mockingbird Foundation
The Mockingbird Foundation provides grants to schools and nonprofit organizations in the United States that focus on music education for children, an area of importance to the Phish fan community. The Foundation is particularly interested in projects that foster creative expression in all musical forms, and encourages applications associated with diverse or unusual musical styles, genres, forms, and philosophies. Music education may include the provision of instruments, equipment, texts, and office materials, as well as the support of learning space, performance space, and instruction. The Foundation generally targets programs for children up to 18 years of age, but will consider programs that benefit college students, teachers, or adult students. The Foundation gives priority to programs that benefit disenfranchised groups, including those with low skill levels, income, or education; those with disabilities or terminal illnesses; and those in foster homes, hospitals, prisons, or other remote or isolated situations. Grants range from $100 to $10,000. Initial inquiries are due January 15, 2023. Application guidelines are available on the Foundation's website.

Book Donations Benefit Libraries in Underserved Communities
The Lisa Libraries
The Lisa Libraries donates new children's books and small libraries to organizations that work with families in underserved areas throughout the United States. Support is provided to organizations in low-income or underserved areas that need a small library, need to rebuild or add to a library, or serve children who would benefit by being given new books to take home. Previously supported libraries include libraries at daycare centers, prison visiting areas for children of incarcerated parents, and after-school programs. Donation of books from The Lisa Libraries is free; however, recipient organizations should cover the shipping and handling costs. Applications may be submitted at any time. Visit The Lisa Libraries website for information on how to apply for a donation.
 
Support Provided for U.S. Theater and Dance Companies
The Shubert Foundation
The Shubert Foundation is dedicated to sustaining and advancing the live performing arts in the United States, with a particular emphasis on theater and a secondary focus on dance. The Foundation provides general operating support to nonprofit, professional theater and dance companies, as well as some arts-related organizations that help support their development. In addition, the Shubert Scholars program provides support to graduate drama departments of universities. The eligibility quiz and grant application become available on the Foundation's website in mid-September. Dance, Arts Related, and Shubert Scholars applications are due October 18, 2022; Theatre applications must be submitted by December 1, 2022. Visit the Foundation's website for more information.

Grants Enhance Transitions to Employment for Black Youth in NBA Markets
NBA Foundation
The mission of the NBA Foundation is to drive economic opportunity in the Black community by funding programs that generate successful transitions from school to meaningful employment for Black youth. The Foundation supports national and local organizations, with priority given to those operating in NBA markets, which promote school-to-career employment opportunities, including job readiness, skill training, job placement, and career advancement for Black youth ages 14 to 24. Applicants must serve a minimum of 25 youth annually across their programs and be a registered 501(c)(3), if operating in the U.S., or a registered T3010 if operating in Canada. The Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for 2022 on a rolling basis. Visit the NBA Foundation's website to register for a grant application webinar or to access the online application portal.

   

Visit www.alblackcc.org to learn more about the mission and activities of the ASBCC.

Contact the ASBCC (www.alblack.org) today for business opportunities, referrals, general business assistance, and of course membership.
Email: wehelp@alblackcc.org or Call (205) 895-1157.

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