CEOs Corner – January 2018

Happy New Year!!

“It’s almost surreal how fast 2017 went by”

How many of us have already said or heard someone else say this? While it is certainly a true statement, it isn’t exactly anything that we did not express last year. Or even the year prior. The truth is, each year seems to just flash by before we’ve seemingly had a chance to fully settle into the months. One of my favorite sayings goes “day by day, nothing seems to change, then one day you wake up and everything’s different”. Looking back at the historic events that 2017 brought us, we realize that no day can be taken for granted.

As we survey the landscape of the new year before us, we get to reflect, and more importantly assess what was accomplished the past 12 months. It was an impactful year for the Oklahoma City Black Chamber of Commerce. We had the honor of facilitating the historic groundbreaking of the new Oklahoma City Clinic. From kicking off our new Community Education Series to launching a radio segment, we continue to add to our portfolio to better serve our partners and the Oklahoma City metro. With the establishment of the Oklahoma City Black Chamber Foundation, I am excited about the possibilities before us. Thank you for being part of the success with us!

2018 is all about partnerships in moving the city forward. It is no secret that our community is struggling in education, unbiased development, and workforce opportunities. I want to personally invite you to join the Black Chamber as we break barriers and open new doors. If you have never been to a chamber event, or it has been a while, I challenge you to come take in the experience. I promise that you will meet people you would not have met otherwise, who just may provide the missing ingredients to your success for the new year. I look forward to seeing you there.

Eran Harrill, CEO