About Us

The African-American Chamber of Commerce of Central PA is a membership organization serving businesses, non-profit organizations, individuals, and other agencies committed to supporting the economic empowerment and growth of minority-owned businesses in Central PA.

The Chamber is professional network of business owners and supporters that provide and share business resources, leads and best practices while bringing more connections, commerce and diversity to the Central PA Region.

To provide substantive support in advocating, developing, and promoting minority-owned businesses in both the public and private sector. The AACCCP promotes the vision, voice, and value of minority business ownership in Central Pennsylvania.

To be recognized as the premiere resource organization and voice servicing African American businesses as well as the major force of positive change in the Black business community.

By the year 2018, the AACCCP will be a visible, viable working organization educating, advocating, and connecting members and disadvantaged businesses throughout the Greater Harrisburg area.

  • Resources. Resources are available for each member for access, education, and sustainability.
  • Education. Programs and events geared toward the needs of our members.
  • Advocacy. The voice of the African-American business community. This effort is carried out through ongoing, consistent dialogue with legislators, policy-makers, public and private sector corporations, and financial institutions about the specific actions necessary to achieve positive evolvement within the African-American business community at large.
  • Participation. The most essential components in advancing the African-American business community. Through partnerships with similar interest organizations, the AACCCP works to streamline the MBE certification process and centralize bid-assistance resources.
  • Foster business development and retention by providing resources to help individuals start new businesses and adopt best practices
  • Facilitate access for our members to local, regional, national and international opportunities to grow their businesses.
  • Contribute to a healthy business environment, effective government and favorable quality of life for the Greater Harrisburg Black community

Chamber​ ​Doers

  • President

    Leland J. Nelson

    Leland J. Nelson, MBA is Co-Founder of Dirty Dog Hauling, an award winning, professional junk removal service helping customers save time and gain space. www.dirtydoghauling.com 

  • VP of Administration

    S. Robbie Guthrie

    Robbie Guthrie, a proud Pitt grad and avid Steeler fan, is a professional marketing consultant having worked with over 300 smal

  • Director of Program and Events

    Candice Coleman-Henry

    Candice Coleman-Henry is the Director of Program and Events for the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central PA.

  • Director of Communications

    Madonna Awotwi

    MaDonna Awotwi  is a first-generation American born Ghanian, considered a hoarder of useless information, connector of wor

  • Chairman

    Shariah Brown

    Shariah Brown is the founder and President of Personal Touch Professional Cleaning Service, LLC.  She also serves as Chair

  • Treasurer

    Shauna Weems

    Shauna Weems has over 20 years of experience as a CPA, and has held various corporate accounting and finance positions wit

  • Membership Chair

    Elyse Irvis

    Elyse Irvis, Business Development Associate for the Capital Region, joined Community First Fund in 2017.

  • Communications Chair

    Brandon J. Flood

    Brandon J. Flood currently serves as Chairman of the Political Action Committee for the Pennsylvania NAACP State Conference and Chairman of the Greater Harrisburg NAACP’s Community Affairs Committee.

  • Board Member

    Norleen Duncan

    Motivated Independent Sales Director with solid experience managing all levels of large scale projects, including budgeting and

  • Board Member

    David H. Dix

    David Dix is Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Luminous Strategies.

  • Board Member

    Jennifer Smallwood

    Jennifer Smallwood is the REO FHA Manager for the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, employed with the Agency for almost 28 y

  • Volunteer of 10+ Years

    Priscilla Johnson

    Priscilla Johnson has worked in the Insurance & HR fields for 20 years. She is currently contracting with mid to large size companies in their HR departments with a focus in benefits administration.