Tristan Walker is living every Black entrepreneur’s dream. In 2013, at just 31, a year after leaving his corporate job in tech, he founded Walker & Co. Brands. It now includes both men’s grooming line Bevel and women’s haircare line Form, but it all started with his frustration about the lack of quality products for Black men and the common concern of razor bumps.
Fast-forward five years and the company had gotten its products onto Target shelves across the country and raised a reported $33 million in funding before Walker sold it to Procter & Gamble for an undisclosed amount. For the last two years, he’s continued to run the wholly owned subsidiary as its CEO—the first Black CEO in the 180-year history of P&G.
The National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) was incorporated as The National Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc., in 1993. It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian organization dedicated to the economic empowerment of African American communities. Additionally, the organization indicates that it represents the views of its members regarding economic and political policy issues; domestically and internationally. It is organized as a 501(c) corporation and has at least 190 chapters within the United States. The NBCC also has international chapters in the Bahamas, Brazil, Colombia, Ghana and Jamaica. As with all Chambers of Commerce, affiliate branches are committed to carrying out the goals of the main Chamber within their areas.
However, the organization is largely funded by non-African American businesses on behalf of whose interests it often lobbies, such as the fossil fuel, telecommunications, and tobacco industries, and has sometimes been accused of being a front group.
The National Black Chamber of Commerce is based in Washington, D.C.
Source – National Black Chamber of Commerce (Updated: 20 June 2020) Wikipedia. Available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Black_Chamber_of_Commerce, (Accessed: 28 October 2020)