About Us

Founded in 1935 as the city’s first African-American civic organization, the GHBC has evolved into an active participant in the City of Houston’s socioeconomic process.

The organization is a 501(c)(6), not-for-profit, private, member-driven organization that serves the Greater Houston Area.

Houston is the fourth-largest city in the United States, located in a culturally diverse metropolitan region of 5.3 million residents – and growing at more than twice the national pace. African-Americans constitute 25 percent of the population.

The GHBC is the “go-to” organization for business development and community outreach partnership opportunities in the Houston African-American community. The GHBC is dedicated to supporting African-American small businesses in the areas of education, certification and accessing contracting opportunities and capital.

We are Houston’s premier source for identifying quality and qualified African-American, multi-sectored small businesses to do business with. With a database of over 2,000 unique resources, the GHBC assists its partners and members in navigating Houston’s large, diverse population, industries and the many nuances, which are unique to our city.

The Chamber has earned Houston’s trust and has built solid alliances with Port of Houston Authority, Houston First, Shell, CenterPoint Energy, Reliant Energy, United Healthcare, University of Houston, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Initiative, Greater Houston Partnership, Rice University, Houston Community College System, Texas Southern University, Houston Minority Supplier Development Council and other organizations to ensure it is providing accessible resources to its members and the business community.

Partnering with the GHBC is synonymous with having access to potential new customers, quality small business resources and demonstrates a care for doing business with the African-American community.