ATLANTA – A new organization, the Jamaican Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta, Inc. (JAMCHAM) is be officially launched on Saturday, June 27th at the Marriott Century Center Hotel, 2000 Century Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA.
JAMCHAM of Atlanta was formed to provide a voice, access and empowerment for Caribbean businesses in the Metro Atlanta area and beyond. Referrals, education, advertising, lobbying and networking are some of the services the chamber lists among its benefits.
The chamber is governed by a 20-member Board of Directors chaired by Dr. David Panton, Private Equity Investor and Adjunct Professor at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School; President Dr. Glen Laman, author of Jamaican Entrepreneurship, and Executive Vice President Sylvia McClure who heads her own Financial Services Company.
The Chamber also boasts members such as Jamaica’s Consul General to Miami, Hon. Franz Hall who is an honorary member; Jamaica’s Honorary Consul to Atlanta, Hon. Jewel Scott; President of the Atlanta Jamaican Association, Alan Stewart; former Civil Servant and adviser to the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Percival Griffiths and Dr. Basil Kong retired CEO of the Association of Black Cardiologists.
Regional Administrator for the US Small Business Administration (SBA), Cassius Butts will deliver the keynote address, while Jamaica’s Honorary Consul to Atlanta, Mrs. Jewel Scott, chairman of the Board of JAMCHAM, Dr. David Panton and President of JAMCHAM, Dr. Glen Laman will also address the gathering.
Atlanta is said to be one of the fastest growing cities of Jamaican nationals with close to seventy thousand people residing there and about 30 active Jamaican organizations, with the Atlanta Jamaica Association (AJA) being the oldest.