Posted October 28, 2019 by Editorial Staff in Business

[PHOTOS] OAACC 16th Annual Business Awards Luncheon (2019)

OAACC 16th Annual Business Awards Luncheon 2019
OAACC 16th Annual Business Awards Luncheon 2019

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Event: OAACC 16th Annual Business Awards Luncheon 2019
Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019
Location: Scott’s Seafood Restaurant, Oakland
Photos: Carmichael Images

Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce (OAACC) President and Ceo Cathy Adams served as this year’s Mistress of Ceremonies, and was joined by guest speaker Malia Cohen, Chair, State Board of Equalization and the following 2019 award recipients:

Chairman’s Award: Rev. Dr. Charley Hames, Jr., Senior Pastor, Beebe memorial Cathedral

Small Business of the Year: Chris Rachal, Owner/Operator, Leige Oakland and Slice Oakland

Start Up Business of the Year: Iguehi James, Owner/Chief Designer, Love Iguehi

Oscar Coffey Entreprenuer of the Year: Sherri McMullen, Founder and CEO, McMullen

OAACC is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to advance economic opportunity and create a favorable business environment by supporting, promoting and advocating for African American businesses. It accomplishes its mission to incubate and accelerate economic viability for small businesses in and for the City of Oakland, and its surrounding areas, in three ways:

  • Advocacy: Providing professional, inclusive, and relevant advocacy for minority-owned businesses in the Oakland Bay Area. Community &
  • Economic Development: Empowering communities of color and underrepresented and low-income communities by connecting them with employment and education opportunities.
  • Partnering in Prosperity: Collaborating with large corporations, government agencies, educational institutions and community and faith-based organizations to promote the creation of a strong economic environment that supports mutually beneficial and fair outcomes that sustains long business and community well-being..