- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Business leaders in Montgomery are forming the city’s first-ever Black Chamber of Commerce.

WAKA-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1smqYkl ) the CEO of Calhoun Enterprises and the CEO of The Medical Place have become the founding members of a new organization meant to connect business owners.

The head of Calhoun Enterprises, Greg Calhoun, said he wants to make sure black businesspeople have a say in decisions, demonstrate the value of black-led business in Alabama and make companies more diverse.

The founders said the new organization will not compete against the existing Montgomery Chamber of Commerce. Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and Mobile already have chambers of commerce for black businesses.

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