AACCCP Newsletter May 2019

AACCCP Newsletter May 2019
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Note from AACCCP Chair
Shariah Brown 

AACCCP Chair & President of 
Personal Touch Cleaning Service


Hello Chamber Doers! 
The AACCCP wants you to register your company as a 360 referral partner in the online directory. I frequently speak with Diversity and Inclusion professionals like, Erica Patterson, of the Black Employee Network at Comcast, whose Employee Resource Groups endeavors to not only find Black talent, but to create networking forums and events that will create opportunities for relationship with new vendors. I spoke with Darlene Robinson, from the Government and Public Service contracting group of a big 5 accounting firm in D.C. and Tremayne Terry, Diversity Program Manager at Capital Region Water whose companies both are dedicated to diversifying the supply chain from top down.  

It is a commonly echoed theme that “buying black” is challenging, in this area, for a number of reasons.  To address one of the main reasons which is accessibility, we as a chamber, hope to create a funnel where corporations, government and state agencies, and consumers throughout Central Pennsylvania can find service providers.  I encourage you to become involved. Visit us on the web at aacccp.org for more information.  

360 Chamber Member Spotlight

Chamber Doer: Alisha Perry
True Stories Events I That Cupcake Lady


How did you get your idea or concept for your business?
The idea for my business came by way of assisting a friend with her daughter's 13th birthday party 2 years ago. I had an interest in making "treat table" desserts and took my stab at making Oreo pops, cake pops and cupcakes. Once shared with friends and family via social media, the rest is HERstory! :)

What are your company's goals?
My goal is to one day have my own bakery and event rental space. If I could have the two in one, that would be even better.

What service/product do you offer?
I offer event planning, event design, decor and custom treats. I am mainly known as "That Cupcake Lady" for my gourmet cupcakes.

How does your business help your community?
I have been blessed to donate monetarily and my services for organizations, churches and other's events.

To what do you attribute your success? 
There is only one who I can attribute my success to, and that is God!! Initially I was not interested in pursuing this as anything more than a new hobby. But, a daily devotional on June 21, 2017 confirmed God’s plan for my life, I decided to move forward.

The devotional reads:

Lord, You are the Creator of everything,
And You live within me. Please help me display
Your creativity in the unique ways
You intended when You made me. Amen.

God spoke to me through this devotional that day. Not only to say move forward with your business endeavors, but also to not limit myself to baking because there is so much more creativity in me.

What one piece of advice would you give to someone just starting out?
In ALL things put God first and just follow your heart and whatever it is you're passionate about. If anyone would have told me that I would be a baker and Event Planner prior to two years ago, I would have laughed, as I did not know that that was God's plan for me. Now, I absolutely LOVE what I do. I love bringing joy to others and I've had some amazing experiences and opportunities as That Cupcake Lady and True Story Events. So, it's essential to love what you're doing.

What would you like potential new clients to know about your business?   
One of my amazing opportunities is That Cupcake Lady vending at Spring Gate Vineyard. It's been a wonderful experience. I will actually be vending there 5 times this month - Saturday 5/11, Thursday 5/16, Saturday 5/18, Monday 5/27 & Thursday, 5/30. Come through and have a #CupcakeInAJar while there!! :)

Other promotions are listed below! Shoot Alisha an email for more information truestoryeventsllc@gmail.com


May 16th - Business Resource Summit

May 20th - CRW Project Pre-Bid Meeting

June 18th - Vendor Outreach Event 

Chamber Doer, Patricia Robinson, Youth Trades Program
April 2019, Evolve's Youth Trades Program Graduates, Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical and Graphics (click image for video). Contact Trish Robinson for enrollment information @ trishrobinson10@gmail.com
Businesses to Support ALL YEAR ROUND
Support Pyrnie Sade: Singer, Songwriter, Gospel Recording Artist, Entrepreneur, and Self Published Author! You can order her album AND book "Ready Heart: Choose the Better Parts" on www.pyrniesade.com.
Serial Entrepreneur Joshua Barker has an Airbnb in Old Uptown. Have family coming in for a visit? Save on a hotel and support a chamber member's business! The space is also used for small gatherings, paint parties and other social events. Consider this space for your next function. 
There is still a lot of spring cleaning to do. Delegate! Hire High Maintenance Cleaning Services for those windows, kitchen appliances, carpet cleaning, and dusting those baseboards. Request a quote from Chamber member Tyshea Curry.
Thinking about buying a house? How about selling your home? Maybe you want to get an idea of what your property is worth and you want a home evaluation? Give chamber member Beck Joyner a call! She is ready to provide a "Dream Home for Every Kind of Family"! 
Have content for the next newsletter? If you would like to tell us about news or community events, please email newsaacccp@gmail.com
For information about becoming an AACCCP corporate sponsor, please send email to chair@chamberforus.org.
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