The Mission of the Southeast Louisiana Black Chamber of Commerce (SLBCC) is to provide businesses and citizens of Southeast Louisiana parishes a vehicle which serve as a forum and the voice African-American businesses and to promote economic development of the African-American community.

The SLBCC is an association of business people whose leadership mission is to serve as the voice of businesses from virtually every profession are represented and influence the direction of the Chamber's program; the programs are financed by investments in the Chamber.

The SLBCC is in its eight year of serving historically non-targeted and African-American business community. Chartered and incorporated by the State of Louisiana, the Chamber represents ten parishes, including: Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, St. James, St.John the Baptist, St.Charles, Tangipahoa, Plaquemines, and Washington.

Over the years the Chamber has worked in these parishes to provide technical assistance to the minority, women, and disadvantaged business community, has made referrals to the appropriate financial agencies, provided information regarding procurement opportunities, and offered assistance in the accessing these opportunities. The Chamber has also sponsored networking and matchmaking events to introduce business to potential mentors and customers.

Funding from a grant by the foundation for the Mid-South made it possible for the Chamber to identify, categorize and market 750 black businesses within the Metropolitan Area. The Chamber and the City of New Orleans, Mayor's Office of Small and Emerging Business Development co-sponsored a Gaming Trade show. Several of the businesses that participated in this event are now doing business with the City and the the Casino industry.

The Chamber's Women's Business Center is one of the 22 demonstration sites in the nation funded by SBA: dedicated to providing training and counseling to aid and encourage the growth and development of small business owned and controlled by women.

The Chamber's Business Assistance Center (BAC), funded by the city of New Orleans Economic Development Fund, goal is to assist minorities, women and disadvantaged business with their overall management practices by providing hands-on and on-site technical assistance.

The Chamber is the recipient of the award by SBA to provide Internet training and assistance to women in business and women who are considering starting a business and expanding their business. The Chamber's Women's Business Center is the only Internet training recipient in the State of Louisiana.

SLBCC is a member of the State Association of Africa American Chamber of Commerce and a member of the National African American Chamber of Commerce. Other activities of the Chamber include the development of the International Affairs Technical Assistance Committee that is working to develop opportunities for affordable franchises with counterparts from Nigeria and the Caribbean. Opportunities for the SLBCC membership have also been expanded.


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