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Committees

There are lots of opportunities for you to get involved with the GHBC and to make a big impact in the Houston business community.

The GHBC has several committees where you have the opportunity to utilize your unique skills, talents and expertise to make a difference. Review the list of committees below and take steps to get involved.

Co-Chairs: Juanita Hines & Layle McKelvey

To objective of the Programs committee is to develop effective programming and events that are customized to meet the needs and engage with members of the GHBC.

  1. Monthly Lunches
  2. Member Development Series
  3. Community Service (Port -maritime program, Red Cross, Child Advocates, Lane Staffing-Dress for Success)
  4. Mixers
  5. Business to Business Summit
  6. Women in Business – Che’ McFerrin
  7. Men’s Initiative – Paul Cannings

Standing Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of each month from 2:00-3:30 pm. at GHBC Office

Co-Chairs: Colleen Banks & Ellis Hubbard III

The objective of the Membership committee is to recruit and retain entrepreneurs, professionals, and enterprises that support the GHBC mission.  Orientate new members on how to maximize their participation, networking, and opportunities through the GHBC towards growing their business. Capture relevant membership data that benefits GHBC members and the economic development of the African American community.

  1. Increase membership by 20% in 2016
  2. Improve information collected from the membership database for grant writing and membership impact analysis
  3.  Partner with Advisory Board to establish relationships and obtain corporate memberships with large black enterprises

Standing Meetings: 4th Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 pm at GHBC office

Co-Chairs: Tashon Thomas Veronica Douglas

The objective of the Advocacy and Policy committee is to engage Director of the Office of Business Opportunity for the City of Houston to discuss current MWBE Goals and current Standings per Department.

The committee will also Engage the Board of Trustees at these following Public Institutions:

  • Houston Independent School District (HISD)
  • Houston Community College (HCC)
  • FBISD (Fort Bend Independent School District)
  • Along with area Councils and Counties

Identify and engage with 10-15 Churches that have an Economic Development arm. The committee will assist with MWBE questions and concerns, as well as foster relationships between these organizations and the Chamber.

Standing Meetings: 3rd Wednesdays at 3:00-4:00 pm at GHBC Office

Co-Chairs: Franka Baly & Niles Dillard

The objective of the Marketing Committee is providing results-oriented marketing support and public relations, by way of ensuring a consistent professional image and brand, in print and online designed to meet Chamber objectives.  The Marketing Committee will maintain an enjoyable, exciting, and motivational productive atmosphere in which chamber members are empowered to take on responsibility, develop and present ideas, educate themselves and others, and use their talents and abilities to their fullest capacity.  We will continually promote teamwork, quality improvement, and excellence in all phases.  This environment is upheld and promoted by open and direct communication, availability of information resources, and a commitment to motivating members to reach their maximum potential in everything they do.

  1. Branding/Social Media/Newsletter
  2. Relationship/Engagement with Black Media
  3. Website / YouTube Channel – showcase opportunities, success stories

Standing Meetings: 2nd Thursday from 3:00-4:00 pm at GHBC Office

Co-Chairs: Fredrick Barksdale & J.D. Garnier  

The objective of the Economic Development committee is to strategically ingrain our professional community into the influential fabric of our City as it continues to plan and transform. The committee will implement strategies and programs to increase procurement solicitations and utilization of Houston’s black owned business by engaging corporate supporters, community stakeholders, public & private sectors and current membership. Efforts will not only be measured by the current spend with black businesses but also by the inclusion via promotion of capable companies at the forefront.

This committee is responsible for:

  1. Identification of Business Opportunities
  2. International Business – Paul Cannings – Freeport, Bahamas / LaToya Bullard Franklin – Nigeria
  3. Industry Forums
    • Land, Air and Sea
    • Energy
    • Medical
    • Capital Opportunities

Standing Meetings: 4th Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Co-Chairs: Sam Eaton & Tony Council

Board Liaison: Paul Cannings

The objective of CITTE is to Foster Development, growth, and overall success of our members with core business interests affiliated with the Construction, Engineering, and Technology Industries.

Standing Meetings: 3rd Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at GHBC Office

Co-Chairs: Ellis Hubbard III & Sherifat Lawal-Price

Planning and execution of our Annual Pinnacle Awards

Meetings will begin May 2017 – November 2017