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Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce celebrates first anniversary

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WILMINGTON – The Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce (DEBCC) celebrated its First Anniversary on September 17th at the Christiana Hilton. Due to overwhelming support for the DEBCC among the public, Delaware state officials, and local area businesses, the event sold out quickly to maximum capacity.

Numerous Delaware dignitaries, business leaders and elected officials were on hand to lend their voice and their support, including Governor Carney, Dr. Bethany Hall-LongMatthew MeyerAuditor Kathy McGuiness. The event served as a fundraiser for DEBCC operations and programing, which is currently being rolled out statewide, as both membership and programs continue to grow rapidly.

Ayanna Khan
DEBCC Founder, President & CEO

“One of our key roles in serving Delaware’s business community, is to level the playing field for minority-owned businesses, ensure equity, and ultimately advance Delaware’s collective economic footprint. In doing so, the DEBCC endeavors to serve as a support eco-system for all area businesses”, said DEBCC Founder, President & CEO, Ayanna Khan in a statement.

“DEBCC’s First Inaugural Fundraiser was nothing short of amazing. We so appreciate everyone’s support for our community, and our sincerest thanks to everyone for coming out and celebrating with us. Thanks to Governor Carney, Dr. Bethany Hall-LongMatthew MeyerAuditor Kathy McGuiness, and all the other state officials for being in attendance. Your support means more to us than is possible to put into words. At the DEBCC, our mantra is that we are ‘Stronger Together’, and our strength was on display this The event served as a fundraiser for DEBCC operations and programing, which is currently being rolled out statewide, as both membership and programs continue to grow rapidly.”, continued Khan in the statement.

Additionally, there were four Award Honorees: Eunice LaFate – Member of the Year, Delaware Business Times – Sponsor of the Year, Helping One More Entrepreneur (H.O.M.E.) – In-Kind Sponsor of the Year, and Michelle Taylor/United Way of Delaware – Supporter of the Year.

The keynote address was given by Markevis Gideon of Nerdit Now.

“We once again want to thank everyone involved for making the past year a success, from our advisory board to our staff, our business community to our elected officials to our sponsors, and everyone along the way who has contributed to make the past year happen. As we continue to roll out programing, we have big things in store for the coming year, and we will look forward to celebrating our outcomes and another milestone in our second year”, concluded Khan.

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