Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce Celebrates 26 Years At Awards Banquet

The Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce has named the individuals to be honored at the Installation and Awards Banquet on December 1, 2011 at the Radisson Hotel in Sacramento.

The honorees are true testaments to this year’s theme – “The Road to Prosperity”.

Honorees include Zoritha Thompson owner of Goree & Thompson Real Estate. Zoritha will receive the Small Business of the Year Award. Mel Assagai has again proven to be a strong advocate for the SBCC and its member businesses. Mr. Assagai will receive the Advocate of the Year Award. Lawrence Garcia donated countless hours to the SBCC in 2011 assuring that the amendments made to its bylaws were legally and professionally complete. The amended bylaws were ratified by the SBCC membership at the All Member meeting held in October. Mr. Garcia will be awarded the Chairman’s Award by board Chair, Larry Carr. And last but certainly not least, Ms. Wendy Petko will receive the Community Service Award for the excellent work she’s provided the community tirelessly through the Center for Community Health and Well Being. You may know this organization by the name The Birthing Project.

The annual dinner allows the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce Foundation to provide programs and services that assist in bolstering the long-term economic strength and quality of life of the African American business community. Receiving the President’s Award and the Keynote Speaker for this year’s event will be Senator Curren Price.

Keynote Speaker, Senator Curren Price

Curren Price was elected to the California Legislature in 2006 to represent the 51st Assembly District, and was re- elected by an overwhelming margin to a second term in 2008. In May 2009, he won a special election, and in November 2010, he won in the general election with 83% of the vote in the 26th Senate District.

Senator Price is an influential voice in California advocating for small business enterprises. His mission is to protect innovative small businesses and advance policies to support small business start-ups, job-creation, expansion, investment and entrepreneurship. In recognition of his advocacy, Senator Price has been honored by a cross section of state and local organizations representing business, labor and consumer advocates. He was a small business owner, and a consultant with the SBA’s Small Business Development Center.

Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg appointed Senator Price to chair the Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee. The Committee has jurisdiction over legislation related to business and professional services, practices and regulations, and international trade.
In 2006, Mr. Price established and chaired the Assembly Select Committee on Procurement. Mr. Price will continue to chair the Select Committee on Procurement, which ensures that small businesses fully participate in state contracting and procurement opportunities. During his tenure, these two Committees have held six informational hearings on a diverse range of topics. He also chairs the Legislative Black Caucus, vowing to push for improvements in education, health and jobs.

This year, the Senator is authoring bills that will: put into state code the 25% small business participation rate for state contracts (SB 67); increase opportunities for small businesses seeking contracts with the High Speed Rail Authority (SB 733, and SB 734); promote contracting opportunities for emerging investment managers (SB 294); create an international advisory committee to protect California’s port activity (SB 460); declare May as Small Business Month (SCR 24), and raise the visibility for the U.S. EB-5 Visa Program (SCR 33).

The Senator’s passion to service constituents, the public, and California small businesses leads him to host many events. He hosted a Small Business Access to Capital and International Trade Forum as well as an event to explore opportunities and disparities in State Contracting, including the multi-billion dollar major California High Speed Rail project. In prior years, he held a Small Business Empowerment Expo of key business leaders to discuss the survival of small businesses; a series of town hall meetings on major issues impacting the state, and hosted one of the largest regional job fairs in the state, with over 3,000 attendees, including more than 50 employers offering several hundred jobs.

Radisson Hotel December 1, 2011 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.