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About The African American Chamber

The African American Chamber was founded in 1996 by a group of African American business owners and consumers seeking to improve the economic status of African Americans and the African American community. The vision was to form an organization, which would advocate on behalf of emerging and established businesses, help to create new market opportunities, provide access to capital, and revitalize African American communities.


Years Active


Global Members

Our Vision

The #1 Chamber in the United States, advocating for African American businesses in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region!

Our Mission

Establish, cultivate, and strengthen consumer and business relationships; provide access to major corporate and government markets for our members to help increase business opportunities; aid in the professional development of our members; and assist in developing strategic partnerships and alliances for the purpose of strengthening and growing the African American business community.


Our Core Values

Wealth Creation

Opportunity Focused


Data Driven Decisions

Free Enterprise


Keep Promises

Freedom Work

Celebrate Successes

Positive Attitude


The AACC Staff

Eric H. Kearney



Briston Mitchell


Director of Transformative Initiatives and Relationships

Jill McCauley


Technical Assistance & Outreach, Business Counselor

Annette Smith Tarver, CPM


Technical Assistance & Outreach, Business Counselor

Gregory Parker, MBA, BSEE


Directory of Membership Services

Deborah Davis


Minority Business Assistance Center Director

Cheniece Wilson


Social Media Manager

James Pullins


Pivot, MBAC Programs Coordinator & Content Creator

Marlene Fout


MBAC Business Counselor

Vanita Ellington


MBAC Outreach Coordinator

Current Board of Directors

Our dedicated and talented Board of Directors come with a wealth of business and professional knowledge, including resources, to advance our Chamber’s mission and assist our members to succeed.

Jason Dunn, Chair

Executive Vice President | Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau

Erica N. White, Esq.

Transaction Tax Manager | CBTS

Royce A. Sutton

Senior Vice President | Ohio CED Market Manager, Fifth Third Bank

Apryl M. Pope

Financial Advisor | Pope Financial Planning, LLC

Mark Campbell

Director of Government Division | Megen Construction

Charles Gerhardt, III, Esq.

President | Government Strategies Group, LLC

Cedric Newberry

President | Meineke Car Care

Morgan A. Owens

CEO/Founder | MAO Brands

Gregory J. Webb

Vice President & COO | D.A.G. Construction Company

Garri Davis

2022 Board Member

Mike Sipple, Jr.

President | Centennial, Inc. Talent Magnet Institute

Shannon D. Lawson

2022 Board Member

Marcus E. Margerum

2022 Board Member‚Äč

Erica Parker

2022 Board Member

Marcus L. Thompson

2022 Board Member

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