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Small Business Saturday
In collaboration with American Express, we invite you to become a Neighborhood Champion for Small Business Saturday to help support local small businesses. 
As a Neighborhood Champion, you will play a critical role in helping your local community participate in Small Business Saturday. Make an impact this holiday season by supporting your local neighborhood small businesses. Click here to get involved
Black Friday
The holiday season is make-or-break for many Black-owned businesses. We strongly encourage our membership and others to play an active role in supporting Black-owned businesses this holiday season. Black Friday and Small Business Saturday are crucial times to put much needed capital into the hands of small and Black-owned businesses. 
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USBC to Host its Annual Policy Breakfast 
During the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 
Annual Legislative Conference 
You're invited to join us for our Annual Policy Breakfast held during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference. This year we're bringing you two power-packed panel discussions on topics that impact the Black community:

Access to Capital: The Unbanked
Creating Opportunity through Digital Commerce

Your attendance comes with an opportunity to receive a $25 discount off USBC Membership. To redeem this offer you must register for membership onsite during the policy breakfast.  
Classes Start
September 20th
Spread the Word to Black Entrepreneurs 

Don't Miss this Entrepreneurial Training Opportunity!
Opportunity for
Black Tech Entrepreneurs:
Mobileys Competition
The Mobileys recognizes early-stage apps, services, and products that use mobile to make the world a better place. Enter to win a $20,000 prize, exposure that can be valuable when securing funding and users, and a trip to Washington, DC to meet innovation policy leaders. 




The US Black Chambers
Entrepreneur Training Program
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The University of Phoenix© and the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. have joined forces to provide an exclusive opportunity to small business owners.
This unique 15-week course puts businesses on course to compete for contracts, improve opportunities for access to capital and provides the business education needed to stay ahead of the curve.
Business failure is simply not an option for Black-owned businesses.
Take the next step in growing and sustaining your business, register for The USBC Entrepreneur Training Program. 
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Hyundai Motor America president and chief executive officer David L. Zuchowski announced this week Erwin Raphael, has been appointed to General Manager for Genesis USA. Last November Hyundai’s worldwide Vice-Chairman Chung Eui-Sun, announced the company would be launching Genesis, globally, as an independent luxury brand of Hyundai. Industry insiders expect Genesis will be heavy competition for Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and BMW in the U.S. market.

As General Manager of the newly formed organization, Mr. Raphael will be responsible for the strategic direction and management of Genesis operations in the United States, including sales and marketing. This summer, he will oversee the introduction of the Genesis G90, a sleek, new large luxury sedan that has been awarded 5-star ratings for safety and design. Mr. Raphael will assume his duties March 1, 2016.

Consumers recently got a peek of the brand’s creative marketing strategy during the 2016 Super Bowl with a commercial featuring comedian Kevin Hart. USA Today’s Ad Meter awarded the ad this year’s best.

“The position of Genesis General Manager is a critical one to the growth of this brand in the United States and I couldn’t be happier to have Erwin take this key position,” said Zuchowski. “Erwin’s depth of product knowledge, broad dealer experience and skill at flawless execution all will be called upon as he drives success for this new brand,” he said.

Mr. Raphael has been at Hyundai for the last six years, serving in various roles. Most recently he was the Western Region Director and General Manager for Hyundai Motor America where he was responsible for overseeing the operations of more than 165 Hyundai dealerships in the 12 western-most states. He has held other leadership positions at Chrysler, Toyota Motor Manufacturing and International Truck and Engine Co.

“I’m delighted to assume the position of General Manager for the Genesis brand,” said Raphael. “There’s a lot of work to be done to make this brand the success we all know it can be. With the help of a great team, I know we will exceed expectations.”

In addition to his operations roles at Hyundai, Mr. Raphael is a founding member and co-chair of Hyundai’s Diversity Council where he advocates for greater dealer diversity, and multicultural marketing. A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Raphael is credited with creating a stronger relationship between Hyundai and veterans returning from combat.

He holds undergraduate and advanced degrees from The Ohio State University in Math, Chemistry and Economics.

This week marks the final week of COP21, in which leaders from 150 countries have gathered in Paris to attend the annual Conference of Parties – to talk about climate change from a global perspective. The goal of COP21 is to identify solutions to issues that threaten our health, the economy, and even our national security. To underscore the importance of this in the Black community, 19 HBCUs have sent a student delegation to participate in these climate talks, including New Orleans’ Dillard University, which was most impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Recently I was asked to weigh in on climate change and what it means for Black business. I grew up in Oakland, and know firsthand about the impact of pollution in the Black community. Black Americans make up only 13% of the U.S. population; yet largely experience overwhelming health and economic effects of climate change at disproportionally higher rates. When you think about it in those terms, we all need to take a closer look at what we can do to reverse the trend of environmental injustice, and how we can best use Black-owned environmental businesses to lead repair efforts.

USBC exist to support every effort to make the Black community economically stronger. In part, this means we implore ourselves to reach greater fluency in green technology – and advocate for equal access to government contracts. Anything less presents missed opportunities for our own economic advancement. On November 19, USBC and select member Chambers kicked off a series of conversations alongside national civic activists, members of the clergy, university professors and some of the country’s foremost thought leaders on the environment and urban communities. USBC spent time in Austin, Baltimore and St. Louis, and are grateful for the participation of local leaders and local chambers.

Our focus must now be on how the Black community and the economic agenda can be advanced through participation in the green economic boom. This is everything from building and installing solar panels to establishing companies that use only eco-friendly products.

We know climate change is a real and growing threat. And now that we’ve stated the problem, it’s time to rally around the President and his initiatives, primarily the Clean Power Plan, which is set to reduce carbon emission from power plants. The Clean Power Plan also has incredible economic benefits, namely helping us save nearly 7% on our home electricity bills. This is significant.

Our communities are wrought with injustices of various kinds– the lack of healthy, affordable food; poor opportunities to quality education and employment; and limited resources to support business creation. All of these exacerbate the impact of climate change on the Black community. Our need for environmental equality comes in many forms, each requiring deliberate action with deliberate speed.  

Let us play an active role in securing our part of the green economic boom.


In the Spirit of Success,


Ron Busby, Sr.


U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.

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