African-American Chamber of Commerce: Don’t wait, register today!


Insurance & Benefits Planning Presented by Harris Insurance Services
Learn ways to get the best coverage for you and your employees while saving money.

On Thursday October 7, 2021 at 4:30 PM David F. Harris will join us to discuss insurance and benefits planning to protect your business.

Just in time for open enrollment season, join us for Insurance and Benefits Planning for Small businesses, Sole Proprietors & Independent Contractors. Regardless of your business size, learn ways to get the best coverage for you and your employees while saving money. Presented by Harris Insurance Services.As an incentive for AACC Members, Harris Insurance Services will offer a complimentary 45-minute Insurance & Benefits review and consultation for the AACC members that register and attend this seminar! 

Don’t wait, register today!

If you have questions about your membership, please contact us at (215) 751-9501 or by email at

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Business Economic & Equity Committee Panel Discussion: The Possible

Given what the pandemic has exposed about our business community’s limitations and vulnerabilities; how do we move towards what is “Possible.”

As we drive towards inclusive capitalism for all businesses and communities, your voices and perspectives need to be heard by the businesses you represent, their customers and the communities in which they are situated.

In this event, Chamber President’s Panel Series, we will dive into topics discussing “The Possible” for the business community comming out of the pandemic and into the new normal.

Register here!

MED Week:
4th District Container Village Info Session for Businesses

Register for the 4th District Container Village Info Session for Businesses MED Week Workshop on Thursday October 7, 2021, from 6:00 PM-7:30 PM at The Philadelphia Business & Technology Center.

This event is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn about the new concept in retail, featuring Container Malls. The 4th District Container Mall, utilizing refurbished oversized shipping containers. This mall will be in West Philadelphia in Parkside and will allow (20) plus vendors an opportunity to sell merchandise in a high-end flea market environment.

Register here!

Save the Date: AACC 2021 Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony
Thursday October 28, 2021

On Thursday, October 28 at 8:00 PM guests will experience an extraordinary virtual production of the Chamber’s Annual Awards Ceremony with live performances and special remarks from regional leaders. To further enhance the virtual experience, this year the AACC will have live interaction networking and audience participation.

Sponsoring companies will have the opportunity to host LIVE conversations with guests, and attendees will be able to exchange virtual business cards! Sponsorship opportunities are available now and ticket sales begin next week.

For any sponsorship inquiries, please contact our Event Manager, Felicia Harris-Williams at

Contact us here!

2021 AACC Awards Nomination

The first round of voting closes on October 9th!

From now until Saturday October 9, 2021 we ask that all members take the time to nominate one of their fellow Chamber Members in each of the categories. 3 finalists will be selected from each category and announced on Wednesday October 13, 2021. Voting will begin on October 13th and the winners will be announced during the ceremony on Thursday October 28, 2021!

Each finalist will receive a $500 stipend plus the winner from each category will receive the following awards: Small Business of the Year – $2,500 Business Grant, Nonprofit fo the Year – $2,000 Business Grant, Entrepreneur/ Solopreneur of the Year – $1,000 Business Grant.

Finalists will be announced the week of October 11th for final voting and winners are announced live during the Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Thursday October 28, 2021 at 8:00 PM.

Click here to vote now!

New Tax Filing and Payment Website for Philadelphia Businesses

In November we are unveiling a website that is indeed new and powerful. The Philadelphia Tax Center is not just the City’s new tax filing and payment website. It also allows business owners to:

  • Communicate easily and safely with our department.
  • Apply for business tax credits and payment agreements.
  • Open and close accounts.

The new website represents a big change for Philadelphia businesses, and we need your help sharing three key messages about it now:

  1. Taxpayers should know if their mailing address in our system is correct. This ensures they can use the new website when it’s time. To update a mailing address, call (215) 686-6600.
  2. Anyone can get more information about what’s changing at We’ve published flyers and step-by-step instructions, including in Spanish.
  3. Property taxes will be added the Philadelphia Tax Center later. Property owners should pay their upcoming 2022 Real Estate Tax bills in their usual way, not the Tax Center.
Learn more here!

SBA Waives Guarantee Fee through 2022

Great news for your clients! The Small Business Administration (SBA) just announced there will be NO guarantee fee due to the SBA for loans of $350,000 or less through 2022. This was presented in the SBA’s new fee structure on SBA 7(a) loans just released.

As we mentioned last week, the SmartBiz Team is back to business after PPP and we want to remind you that we can offer funding options to help all kinds of small business owners. For qualified applicants, an SBA loan from a bank in our network offers low rates, long terms, and very low monthly payments.

Start an SBA 7(a) Client Application here!
A Bank Term loan from lenders in the SmartBiz network is another option for your clients. Bank Term loans are short-term, fixed-rate loans with stable monthly payments. Bank Term loans facilitated by our team often have a shorter application process and faster turnaround than SBA loans.
Start a Bank Term Loan Application here!
Members of the AACC become part of an extensive network of corporations and businesses, and are able to engage with policy-makers and business leaders across the region. In addition to exposure to valuable marketing opportunities, members participate in programming that enables them to build a powerful network that helps their businesses grow.
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Our mailing address is:
One Penn Center
1617 JFK Boulevard, Suite 889
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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