Tangipahoa Regional Black Business Chamber officially opened Saturday at its Resource Annex in the Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum & Veterans Archives, 1600 Phoenix Square, Hammond.
Supporting the revitalization of the Heritage Museum while developing black business pathways to success and sustainability are among the chamber’s goals, said Founder and Executive Director Paulette Walker of the Krewe of Nizhoni.
Other officers are Board President Todd Chester of Next Level Wellness Center; Board Secretary Jernesha Dantzler of Journey’s Marketing; 1st Vice President Nicole Harrison of Creole Fitness LLC, WE BUY BLACK Foundation; 2nd Vice President Kenyta Ruffin Booker, owner of Black Girl Diva Girl Jewelry; Board Compliance Director Sonja Sylve Nunnery of Nunnery Tax& Bookkeeping Service; Board Treasurer Sylvia Hurst of Hurst Financial Services; Shauna Singleton of A Blessed Designs and Jacqueline Hebert Thomas of the Executive Committee.
Committee positions are open, Mrs. Walker said, and the center is available for meetings and business planning. The meeting space holds 20-25 people; juice, coffee and pastries can be available depending on meeting time.
“We’ll try our best to accommodate your meeting,” she said on the center’s website.
The Business Event Board at the center is a site where businesses can post information flyers and invitations. Businesses can also make copies, print documents and use a computer by appointment and availability. The chamber website will feature a business of the month and is affiliated with social media outlets.
Center hours are Tuesdays and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., she said.
The chamber efforts began in 2009 and were propelled in February 2020 after more than 50 women business owners, speakers, authors and vendors converged at the Heritage Center for the Women’s Expo presented by the Tangipahoa African American Women’s Network. The event inspired other business organizations to form.
Business & Health Festival
The Black Business Chamber will host a community Business & Health Festival on Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mrs. Walker said. Sponsors are Coca Cola, SHELL and the Black Business Network. All businesses are invited as well as artists and musicians. There will be spaces for student, entrepreneurs, schools, churches, Greek and civic organizations, food trucks and restaurants, Mrs. Walker said, adding that this is an equal opportunity event.
Our Lady of The Lake hospital will offer health screenings, flu shots and health information. Next Level Heath & Wellness Center, Creole Fitness and others will present healthy options.