We are committed to being the key resource for African American and other minority as well as veterans and women-owned small businesses throughout the State of Utah and nationwide. Among other things, we facilitate opportunities, develop effective networking methods and share key information for African-American and other minority-owned businesses. We serve as a liaison between our small business community and the State, and federal government and business community at large. We are the premier organization that advocates for the economic needs of all the above mentioned classified businesses. We believe through developing the necessary partnerships and alliances with government agencies and large corporations, the UAACC will continue to empower and help strengthen the foundation of minority-owned businesses while providing various educational platforms to increase their growth.
The Utah African American Chamber of Commerce was founded in 2009 by James Jackson III. As a born and raised African American man in Utah, James saw a need to develop a platform where African Americans and other minority-owned business owners could come together and create the network and resources necessary to help the advancement of all African American-owned businesses. The organization was formerly known as ACCEL (African Americans Advancing in Commerce, Community, Education, and Leadership) and was renamed and rebranded as the Utah African American Chamber of Commerce (UAACC) in January 2014. That change has been overwhelmingly well received by the public and has raised the awareness of the chamber in the community.