LANSING, Mich., May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce (MBCC), the governing body for all black chamber of commerce organizations within the state of Michigan, announces the election of Tyrone Sanders, Esq. as the new President of the Lansing Black Chamber of Commerce (LBCC).
The election of Sanders and a new executive leadership team represents the transition of leadership within the chapter while continuing the LBCC's strong advocacy mission on behalf of black-owned businesses in the Lansing area.
"The Lansing Black Chamber of Commerce continues to be the leading voice of advocacy for the Lansing-based, African American business owner," said Tyrone D. Sanders Jr., Esq., President and CEO of the Lansing Black Chamber of Commerce. "Our newly elected leadership team will continue to advance the economic issues of the Lansing black business community and work to foster growth for African American-owned businesses in our area, contributing to the growth of the central Michigan region."
The Lansing Black Chamber of Commerce is the larger of several black business chamber organizations to be chartered and launched within Michigan, and represents the first black business advocacy organization in Lansing, Michigan's capitol city. The African American population comprises nearly 22 percent of the total Lansing population.
2007 U.S. Census figures show that there are over 72,000 African American-owned businesses in the state of Michigan. African American consumers in Michigan possess $8.3 billion in collective buying power.
"The Lansing Black Chamber is a key chapter within the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce network," said Ken Harris, President and CEO of The Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce. "LBCC led the presentation of our state-wide economic agenda during this year's Advocacy Day at the state capitol, and we expect that Tyrone and his team will set the pace on legislative issues for the entire Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce and all its chapters."
The Lansing Black Chamber of Commerce is a part of a statewide organization, The Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce, and a national network of African American businesses and black chambers through the U. S. Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
All chapters within the Michigan Black Chamber network operate within the framework of the Five Pillars of Service: Advocacy, Access to Capital, Chamber Development, Best Practices and Contracting. This framework allows the MBCC and its affiliate chapters to provide access to resources and opportunities that will stimulate the growth and success of businesses owned by African Americans throughout the state of Michigan
The MBCC continues to charter and launch additional chapters in other Michigan cities during 2012.
Ken L. Harris
SOURCE Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce