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920thevoice.com - "The Empowerment Hour" - Hosted By John E. Harmon, Sr.
Our primary focus each week,  is on business, education, and issues relating to factors that either impede or contribute to the prosperity of the black community

Monday, December 8th, Today's Guest:
Veronica Creech, Senior Director,
Global Outreach Engagement
First Book

Hear All Past Broadcasts On Demand​
Argelys Morel
Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey (HRINJ)
Skip Bailey
Bailey Success Group, LLC.
Christine Nichols

David Lodato
Credit Union of New Jersey
Tom Trovas
Mercedes Benz
Josh Suggs

Graig Weiss
Sheria Andrews

Foundation Academies
Hosea Johnson
AACCNJ, Chairman of the Board

Johnson Associates Systems
John P.Kahn
Duane Morris,LLP
Zach Lewis,
Lewis Consulting Group
Vonda McPherson,
Vonda's Kitchen
Dr. Beverly Richardson,
Burlington County College

Joanne Kaiser
National Organization on Disability
Tracey D. Syphax
Author & Entrepreneur
Phax Construction & Design
Chris Fitzpatrick
Enterprise Holdings
John Herbert 
Herbert Law Group
Marjorie Perry,
MZM Management Constructions, Co.

Tracey Thompson,
Peter Harvey
Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler
James B. Golden, Jr.  
Michael Dennis
The Big Green Group
Charles Wallace
Financial Services Talent Network
James Logan
Financial Services Talent Network
Guy Dunn
Geeks on Call
Tammeisha Smith
Alamo Insurance Group, Inc. 
Jeffery Dunn
Business One Stop Service (BOSS)

John E. Harmon, Sr., IOM,
Keynote Speaker
The Whitesboro Annual Reunion Festival
August 30, 2014
Stedman Graham, Executive Director
Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro
Members of the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce
and John E. Harmon. Sr. Keynote Speaker
Topic:  50th Anniversary of the Signing of the  Civil Rights Act of 1964

 June 26, 2014  
AACCNJ Chairman of the Board, Hosea Johnson. John Lewis, and John Harmon
June 2014
John E. Harmon, Sr. 
Commencement Speaker at

Burlington County College , May 2014.

The AACCNJ Partners With
Add Us In - NJ

The AACCNJ is a member of The Add Us In - NJ/NY Consortium


* Partnerships to increase contracting with women
    and minority owned businesses
*  Promotes a pro-business agenda
*  HUD Section
*  Title VI
*  Public Policy through Education Reform and Job Creation

Small Business

Click here to download the Hope VI Press Conference Video.
Training/Development Program
* Host Educational Forum and Networking events to connect
opportunities, and resources.
Promotes members through spotlights features in chamber marketing  materials and website.
Capacity building strategies.
Advocates membership access to public, private sectors, and community  opportunities.


* Supply Chain Diversity
*Corporate Advertising
*Marketing Penetration Strategies
*Promotional Opportunities
*Human Resource Recruitment Services
*Youth Mentorship and Entrepreneur Programs
 *Training and Job Readiness Programs
 *Assist in Developing and Implementing Public Policy  Strategies.

John E. Harmon, Sr. and The Honorable Eric Jackson of Mayor, Trenton, NJ Discussing partnerships & the Financial Services Talent Network.  


As Chairman of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, I am pleased to announce, in conjunction with our affiliates, Pan African Entrepreneur Conference and the Afro Colombian Chamber of Commerce, the National Black Chamber of Commerce will lead a trade mission to the nation of Colombia during May 18 – 22, 2014.  We seek to take advantage of the recent Free Trade Agreement (exempts duties or tariffs) between our two nations.  “The recent trade agreement affords an excellent opportunity for our members to engage in commerce with our partners in Columbia”, stated Harmon.

Colombia is the third largest Latin American nation with a population of 46 million people – 40% of whom are of African heritage.  That’s 18.4 million Afro Colombian ready to interact with Afro Americans.  We will be introducing our participants to members of our affiliated chapter for the purpose of matchmaking and recognizing new opportunities for business growth.
​November 17, 2014

John E. Harmon, Sr.  " Herman Russell and Maynard Jackson not only created the model for economic empowerment for blacks in their community, but their legacy has been perpetuated by what is occurring in Atlanta today."

Herman J. Russell, one of Atlanta's most important business figures, known best for his role in starting one of the country's largest minority-owned companies, passed away Saturday, November 15th,  following a brief illness at the age of 83.

The Summerhill native owned several businesses throughout his career, starting at age 16 when he purchased a dilapidated home for $125. He most notably founded H.J. Russell & Company, a local construction firm that helped build many of the city's most important structures, in 1953. He also was a key member of the Civil Rights movement and broke down barriers for minority entrepreneurs.

"As the founder of one of America's most successful construction and real estate businesses, Mr. Russell shattered countless barriers and created greater opportunities for all, but especially for African-Americans," Mayor Kasim Reed said in a statement. "When history catches its breath, Mr. Russell's life work will place him among the most significant heroes of the Civil Rights Movement because of his unwavering contributions and commitment to the progress of this city and nation. Few men have done more to make Atlanta a place where people of all races and backgrounds can bring and build their dreams."
The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, Inc., (AACCNJ) is dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining African American communities through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activities within the State of New Jersey and via interaction with the National Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (NBCC).
The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey has been incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in accordance with the Internal Revenue Code and provides advocacy and support for businesses throughout the State of New Jersey.
The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) is pleased to announce
the Lt. Governor and Secretary of  State Kim Guadagno, , will be in attendance at the December 17, 2014, Year End Meeting and Holiday Networking Event.  The event will be held at The Big Easy, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., at 120 South Warren Street, Trenton, NJ.
The Speakers for the event are Hosea Johnson, Chairman of the Board, and President Harmon.  They will provide a recap of what the AACCNJ has accomplished in 2014 as well as provide insights for what the organization is  proposing for the year ahead.  “Thus far the journey for the organization
has been phenomenal, however  for what we have in store for 2015 it will serve to not only
position our members but elevate the standing of the Mission of the AACCNJ.  Please join us as we reflect on our accomplishments and the year ahead”, President John E. Harmon, Sr., IOM.

You can register for the event at www.aaccnj.com – cost to attend is $40.00 for members, and $50.00 for non-members.  Attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped gift to benefit  Union Industrial Home (UIH) for Children Family Partners, http://uihfamilypartners.org/.  There will be a drawing for two free tickets, valued at $200.00 each , to the February 19, 2015 Fifth Annual Circle of Achievement Awards Gala, and Custom Raffle Baskets will be available.
The sponsors for the Annual Meeting and Holiday Networking Event are First Energy Foundation, CURE Auto Insurance, and Wegmans.
The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) is pleased to announce the following honorees for “The  Fifth Annual Circle of Achievement Awards Gala” on February 19, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick .  The Keynote Speaker will be Desiree Rogers, CEO, Johnson Publishing Company, LLC.  “We are extremely honored to recognize this distinguished group of African American professionals and their continued success perpetuates our mission” – John E. Harmon, Sr., IOM
The Community Award Recipient, Paulette Brown, is president-elect of the American Bar Association, 2014 – 2015, and a labor and employment law partner and chief diversity officer with the Morristown, N.J., office of Edwards Wildman Palmer.   Brown has held many positions throughout her career, including as in-house counsel to a number of Fortune 500 companies and as a municipal court judge. In private practice, she has focused on all facets of labor and employment and commercial litigation.  Brown has been recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of the prominent women and minority attorneys in the State of New Jersey and by the National Law Journal as one of "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America." She has received the New Jersey Medal from the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and currently serves on its Board of Trustees.

Brown has repeatedly been named as a New Jersey Super Lawyer and by US News as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of commercial litigation. In 2009, Brown was a recipient of the Spirit of Excellence Award from the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity. In 2011, she was honored with the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.  Brown earned her J.D. at Seton Hall University School of Law and her B.A. at Howard University.

The Education Award Honoree is New Jersey’s first secretary of higher education, Rochelle Hendricks.  Secretary Hendricks was appointed to the Cabinet-level post by Governor Chris Christie in May 2011 and has more than 20 years of experience working on education issues in the Garden State.   “I am proud to work in partnership with the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey. One of our early collaborations with First Book, the Chamber and Burlington County College helped distribute 40,000 books that will open new worlds of ideas for children in challenged communities. I am very pleased to be part of an evening that celebrates our common ground and our shared goals to enhance the quality of life and improve education, at all levels, for people throughout our state.”  -- Rochelle Hendricks, Secretary of Higher Education
Secretary Hendricks had served previously as acting commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Education, having been named to that post in August 2010.   Prior to that assignment, Secretary Hendricks had served in the Department of Education as Assistant Commissioner for the Division of School Effectiveness and Choice, overseeing key reform initiatives and areas, including the Offices of Board Development, Small Learning Communities and School Culture, District Schools, Turnaround Partnerships, Inter-District Choice and Opportunity Scholarships, Charter Schools, Career and Technical Education, and Online Education. 
Secretary Hendricks, also served in the Department of Education in various other capacities, working as director of the Professional Development Office, manager of the Office of Policy and Planning in the Administration Division, assistant to the deputy education commissioner, and director of the Office of Vocational-Technical, Career and Innovative Programs. 
Prior to joining the staff of the Department of Education, she worked for over 15 years at Princeton University in numerous capacities, including assistant dean of students, director of the Educational Opportunities Program, and interim director of the Women’s Program. 
The Business Award Honoree Janus C. Holder,  CEO and Owner of EJE Travel Retail– a company that was founded by his Uncle, Ed Holder, more than 25 years ago. Janus C. Holder has been instrumental in growing his duty-free business that started with three employees and a pushcart full of liquor, tobacco and perfume.  Prior to joining his Uncle’s business in 1991, Holder was a US Customs Tariff System Designer for Mitsui OSK Lines and a Software Engineer for AT&T Bell Laboratories. Holder received a BS/BA in Computer Science from Seton Hall University.
Each year at the Annual Gala, the AACCNJ recognizes a distinguished group of African American individuals who have attained a significant level of accomplishment in business, politics, education, sports and/or entertainment.  This is a black-tie affair and we encourage all to attend.
The AACCNJ performs an essential role in the economic viability of New Jersey.  While providing a platform for New Jersey’s African American business leaders, to speak with a collective voice, the AACCNJ advocates and promotes economic diversity fostering a climate of business growth through major initiatives centering on education and public policy.  The Chamber serves as a proactive advocacy group with a 501(c) 3 tax exemption, which is shared by the National Black Chamber of Commerce.  
The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) announced that the AACCNJ and New Jersey Senate Republicans hosted a meeting with Directors of the AACCNJ and thirty of its members on October 23, 2014 in the Senate Caucus Room of the State Capitol Building, in Trenton, NJ. 
The meeting was convened to establish a dialogue between all participants and will serve as vehicle to produce an outcome that will favorably impact the 1.2 million African American residents, and their respective 66,000 Business Owners state-wide.    The thirty, AACCNJ Members in attendance represented some of the following industries:  Engineering, Consulting, Environmental Services, Hospitality, Risk Management, Bonding, Construction, Financial Services, Real Estate, Law, Advertising, Technology,  Medical Devices and Services, Behavioral Health, Telecommunications, Restaurant & Food Industry, Dental and Transportation.
False perceptions are simply destroyed through open and candid dialogue, which fosters a smooth transition to developing strategies of mutual benefit and a path to a stronger more competitive New Jersey”, stated John E. Harmon, Sr., IOM. AACCNJ, President and CEO.

Senator Thomas H. Kean, Jr., Sr. Joseph Pennacchio, Senator Robert W. Singer, Senator Diane B. Allen, Senator Jennifer Beck, and Senator Anthony R. Bucco., comprised the Legislators in attendance at the Breakfast.  “The Senate Republican leadership team was thrilled to meet with AACCNJ members and learn more about the Association’s important role in promoting business in New Jersey. The success of African American businesses owners is critical to the economic viability of our communities and state as a whole. Senate Republicans look forward to a continued partnership with the Association to further the shared goal of helping African American business owners succeed”, stated Senator Joe Pennacchio.

"It was very encouraging to participate in the meeting between the New Jersey Senate Republican Leadership and members of the African American Chamber of Commerce. The discussions provided an opportunity for an understanding of issues and concern that impact growth and economic development in New Jersey. I look forward to continued dialogue and positive actions toward a shared vision of growth for all sectors of the New Jersey economy", stated Hosea Johnson, AACCNJ, Chairman of the Board.
“Today I am happy to report that through our relationship with the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, I participated in an open dialogue in a private meeting with several State Senate Republican leaders at the State House in Trenton together with a room of African American business owners and entrepreneurs representing multiple industries.  As a result of this meeting, I believe that we have taken a significant step to presenting an alternative to the way things are normally done in New Jersey”, John Kahn, Garden State Bar Association.
John Harmon Addresses the Garden State Bar Association - Installation of Officers -
The Civil Rights movement was gaining momentum during the early 1960′s when African Americans were reflecting upon both their individual and collective situations, and evaluating their current status and future goals. Locally, African American attorneys were slowly gaining stature primarily in North Jersey. Representation on the bench was sparse, with Judge Hazelwood sitting on the Newark Municipal Court bench, Judge Yancey sitting on the Essex County Superior Court bench and Judge Wood sitting on the Union County Superior Court bench.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 13, 2014        Contact: Andrew Weller 202-463-5802
Graduates from Institute for Organization Management

A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that John E. Harmon, Sr., IOM, President & CEO, of The African American Chamber of Commerce (AACCNJ), has graduated from the program and has received the recognition of IOM. Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually. 

“ It’s important that as the President and CEO of the AACCNJ and the Chairman of the Board, of the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), that I obtain the industry recognized credentials that validate my professional achievements.   I am humbled by my most recent accomplishments and honored to join an elite group of Chamber executives to promote free enterprise everyday”, said Harmon.

“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

“Great leaders continue to grow and strive for excellence. ​John Harmon's actions reflect that effectiveness is the foundation for success. Congratulations John, on your successful completion of your IOM Graduate Program”, said AACCNJ Chairman, Hosea Johnson.

Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates. Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively. 
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WASHINGTON, April 30 - John E. Harmon, Sr., chairman of the National Black Chamber of Commerce and president and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, has joined First Book's Board of Directors.  A nonprofit social enterprise, First Book tackles the profound lack of high quality books and educational resources for children in need, which contributes to the achievement gap for children in low-income communities.

"Having worked with First Book on pilot projects in New Jersey and nationally, I have seen the power of First Book's model and collaborative approach to energize communities and elevate the quality of education for our children," said Harmon. "In order to have a strong workforce for tomorrow, it is imperative that all of our children have the resources they need to be fully literate and engaged.  First Book's initiatives, from the First Book Marketplace to the Stories for All Project, are making books accessible and relevant to children in need and the educators and programs that serve them.  I look forward to utilizing my knowledge, experience and network to support First Book's important work."

"John is an astute business and community leader who shares our belief in the power of education and our commitment to bring critical resources to help all children succeed in school and in life," said Peter Gold, First Book Board Chairman. "We look forward to working with John to further First Book's mission."

Acting Governor Kim Guadagno Promotes State Business Incentives At African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey Luncheon  Englewood Meeting and Job Fair Support Economic Development Opportunities.

Thursday, July 24, 2014                

Trenton, NJ - Reaffirming the Administration's commitment to economic development, Acting Governor Kim Guadagno today addressed the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) at the Chamber's "Access to Capital" luncheon in Englewood to present the resources and business incentives offered by the state.   "We are so proud of the work the Administration has done throughout the State to make New Jersey an attractive place to do business," said Acting Governor Guadagno. "The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey has been our partner for many years, and I appreciate the opportunity to share information that will help their businesses - and businesses across New Jersey - find new ways to develop."

"The Acting Governor's presence and participation at today's event underscores our strategic alliance, solidifies our partnership, and enhances the credibility of the mission of the AACCNJ, while strengthening our viability in the marketplace," said John E. Harmon, Sr., President and CEO of the AACCNJ.  Mr. Harmon was also installed as the Chairman of the Board for the National Black Chamber of Commerce in March.

"We have always worked well with the African American Chamber, and having them take charge of our Financial Services Talent Network is a natural extension of that strong partnership," said Harold J. Wirths, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. "This is a particularly important industry cluster for New Jersey, and we are confident our Talent Network under the Chamber's stewardship will continue to connect employers with the talented employees they need to grow."

On Monday, September 29, 2014 the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey co-hosted the Financial Services Talent Network (FSTN) Luncheon. FSTN is one of seven Talent Networks in the state of New Jersey created to serve as a vital conduit and resource for New Jersey employers and jobseekers. The luncheon was held at The Conference Center at Mercer County Community College and was sponsored by Wells Fargo and New York Life. The theme of the luncheon was “Access to Talent” led by comments from the Talent Networks staff, Catherine Starghill, Director of Workforce Field Services for the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, featured speaker, Kenneth Kobylowski, Commissioner, NJ Department of Banking and Industry, and John E. McWeeney, Jr., President & CEO, New Jersey Bankers Association. Attendees included representatives from the Banking, Insurance, Accounting, Commercial Lending, IT, and Investment Banking sectors. 

The luncheon provided the perfect backdrop to begin a state-wide dialogue with leaders from the financial industry sector to forge partnerships and develop innovative ways to train, prepare, and hire New Jersey residents for careers in the financial services industry.  Charles Wallace, Project Director shared with an audience of over 80 attendees several incentives for employers to hire New Jersey jobseekers ranging from training grants, employer retention assistance, to employer tax incentives.
Today’s featured speaker, Mr. Kenneth Kobylowski, Commissioner New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance was dynamic in his delivery with information on banking industry trends to information on insurance practices and emerging markets. The Commissioner encouraged the financial services sector to “get on board”.

“We were pleased to have the Commissioner as today’s Speaker and his recognition of the necessity of positioning New Jersey to be a player in the financial services sector, by having business policies that are embraced by the industry and through the leveraging of the talent that exists in New Jersey producing a win-win for all”, said John E. Harmon, Sr., President and CEO, AACCNJ.
The Financial Services Talent Network is managed by the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey.  For information, please telephone 609-571-1607.