Wednesday, September 15, 2010

City debates if a black chamber of commerce is needed

A debate about whether the Beaufort ( South Carolina ) Black Chamber of Commerce should receive funding from the city of Beaufort -- and about whether it should exist at all -- arose again Tuesday as City Council members tried to decide how to allocate about $165,817 in accommodations tax grants.

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce and its Visitor and Convention Bureau -- the city's designated marketing organization -- has said it coordinates with the Black Chamber so the two don't overlap in their advertising efforts.

"I just can't believe we have two chambers of commerce, one appealing to the black folks and the other ... appealing to the white folks," said Councilman Gary Fordham, who has said for years he doesn't believe the Black Chamber of Commerce is necessary

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Debate surrounding Beaufort Black Chamber of Commerce flares

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