PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The New Jersey Chamber and the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey are partnering together to help Black businesses owners and to help create job opportunities for the Black community.
New Jersey Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Bracken said their goal is to address racial bias in the business community, as well as providing opportunities.
John Harmon, founder and president of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, said both organizations will focus their efforts on creating and enhancing education, entrepreneurship and employment opportunities for Black residents.
The goal is to "increase opportunities for Blacks in the state as it relates to board seat representation, contract opportunities, employment and direct investment from corporations and community initiatives that will help blacks in the Black community,” Harmon said.
Harmon added that there is a wide gap in opportunities for Black residents in the state, so this can help bring resources and opportunities that already exist to “make a difference.”
The program will start in a few months.