African American and Hispanic chambers host unity luncheon
Glenn Townes | 7/28/2017, 7:06 a.m.
More than 60 people attended a growth and empowerment ceremony hosted by two of New Jersey's biggest minority chambers of commerce---the African American Chamber of Commerce (AACCNJ) and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (HCCNJ)-- last week in Plainsboro that featured a panel discussion between presidents John Harmon and Carlos Medina. The annual event sponsored by corporate supporters of the AACCNJ, highlights initiatives and mid-year accomplishments of New Jersey's top small business advocacy groups.
During a panel discussion moderated by South Jersey Journal writer, Glenn Townes, Harmon and Medina fielded questions related to business, politics and how each chamber is navigating its members through a mostly uncompromising and obfuscated political environment in Washington. “I constantly encourage our members to pursue business opportunities and to come to us for support and guidance when starting and running their businesses,” Medina said. “More than half a million Hispanic immigrants started businesses between 1990 and 2000..including many right here in New Jersey.” Harmon said while his organization is celebrating its 10th anniversary, African Americans need to become more focused and empowered in their efforts to rebel against current policies on immigration, education and civil rights currently emanating out of Washington. “While others are laser focused on their agenda,” Harmon said. He added, “It is my hope is that my African American brothers and sisters will do the same.”
When both men were asked to predict who would be the next governor of New Jersey—Republican contender and current Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, or Democratic hopeful, businessman Phil Murphy. Medina said, “I want the candidates to discuss in more detail the issues that impact all New Jerseyans.” Harmon agreed. “I haven't heard much in-depth discussion about what each candidate plans to do to promote and foster small business growth in New Jersey---that's what I want to hear about,” he said.