History In 1994, a group of businesses and civic leaders from across the state met in San Francisco to form an organization now dedicated to Business Empowerment and Community Economics Development. Their secondary purpose was to improve critically important communications between local community economic development agencies, chambers of commerce and business associations. In a remarkably short period of time the California Black Chamber of commerce became engaged in virtually every issue which affected business and quality of life in the State of California. Some of these issues include strong positions on proposition 187, 209, 5 and 9, bank acquisitions, mergers and utility deregulation's and currently stand at the forefront of the presidential charge to engage new and emerging urban markets. This new organization immediately began forming partnership alliances that encompass more than 55,000 civil politicians and faith based leaders throughout the state and country. This has allowed them to advocate and lobby from a position of strength for small businesses, community growth and development. These bonds and partnerships have been established from the halls of the State Legislature, where former State Senator Dianne Watson was named the first lifetime member of the State chambers and has been followed by Senator Kevin Murray, Former Chair Of the Legislative Black Caucus to Grantland Johnson, the current Secretary of Health/Human Services. Chamber receptions have honored such notables as the past Congressional Black Caucus Chair, Maxine Waters and the honorable Rodney Coleman, Under Secretary of the Airforce. In 1998, the CBCC Foundation, Inc. was created as a public charity, dedicated to education, training, and a public policy forum for business development. The Foundation has formed unique and viable partnerships with many private corporations, which have allowed the foundation's "Renaissance 2000" project to flourish across the state and beyond its borders. The Renaissance cultural appreciation, statewide leadership forums and it's state renowned Leadership Congress, written reports of which assist state/community leaders, shape program and policies for community economic growth and elevation. The Chamber Foundation's position is pleased with the growth and alliances created by its organization, while realizing there is still much work to be done. The organization has only begun to address the issues and the multiple effects of small business survivability, growth and the multiple affects of community development. The California Black Chambers request is that, all Chambers of Commerce, Business / Civic Organizations and Corporate Leaders engage these issues because. This Obligation Belongs to Each Responsible Community Leadermember, Both Private And Public.