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Harry C. Alford 
President and CEO
National Black Chamber of Commerce
Washington, D.C. 

The best thing a company can do is to join a progressive and active association that focuses on diversity and interaction among all segments of our population. The National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), for example, can be a resource for its members looking to “pierce” the African American community. 

NBCC keeps you on top of the latest news and trends happening with black-owned businesses. We produce weekly news articles that are printed in over 120 black-owned newspapers weekly, and our chapters have newsletters as well. Our website covers hundreds of topics and ideas. In addition, we have a vibrant social media network. 

NBCC’s annual conferences and workshops are full of the latest information in the black community. We also collaborate with Hispanic and Asian organizations for the mutual benefit of our respective members. 

Sharon Hamilton 
Sentinel Fence & Contracting
Scottsdale, Ariz. 

A diverse staff leads to a greater variety of solutions to problems in service, sourcing and allocation of resources. Surrounding yourself with a staff from diverse backgrounds exposes not only you, but also your clients, to a collection of skills and experiences that securely place you and your company in the global marketplace. 

SFC is committed to providing a workplace that embraces diversity and extends that outlook to our clients. Not only do we as a staff benefit from diversity, but those benefits also extend to our colleagues and customer base. 

Due to our diversity in the workplace, we have discovered that we have a wider pool of qualified applicants to choose from and we have been able to employ those with more diverse talents. Another advantage we have experienced is customer loyalty because we have chosen to be socially responsible in our business practices. 

Riki F. Lovejoy 
National President 
National Association of Women in Construction
Fort Worth, Texas 

Encouraging participation in organizations such as NAWIC is one of the biggest opportunities. 
Many of our members are held back from a proven growth experience because they either do not have the money or are not given the time to participate in functions, especially during the workweek. 

We have had member companies realize that their employee, after having been a NAWIC member for years on her own dime and time, has really become a better employee as well as a great representative of the company within the industry. Once this reality sets in, these member companies continue to reap rewards from their support. 

The more the word gets out that a company is truly supportive of its diverse staff for career enhancement, the easier it becomes to create a diverse team. 

Visit legweek.abc.org for more information on ABC’s second annual Diversity & Inclusion Summit, to be held June 20-21 in Washington, D.C. 

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