“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
PATHS Forward® is a leadership development program designed to prepare promising African-American professionals to participate as leaders in the local community. The program, which introduces the prospective leaders to basic leadership skills, volunteerism, the Tarrant County community, working with non-profit organizations, and other leadership topics, is delivered over a 9-month period.
The Women’s Business Division – later changed to Women’s Division — of the FWMBCC was the first in the nation to be affiliated with a Black Chamber of Commerce, and it is a model for others to follow as recognized by the U.S. African American Chamber of Commerce.
The FWMBCC’s Film and Movie Institute started 25 years ago after Director Gwen Barbee was encouraged to respond to a trend in the area in which “rip-off” artists were cheating parents out of thousands of dollars with the promise of making their kids film and television stars.
Leaders of FWMBCC realized years ago that to foster more and better entrepreneurs in North Texas, that the Chamber needed to be involved with helping to develop future businessmen and women. Through several high school initiatives, the Chamber has worked directly with students in getting them understand the need for economic development and entrepreneurship in our community.
Business Members of the FWMBCC Are Entitled to a Multitude of Benefits
Becoming a sponsor brings more benefits than what you can imagine. Not only do you join an amazing repertoire of sponsors, but you also get the added benefits of being affiliated with our chamber as well as our great projects and programs.
Business networking is perhaps one of the strongest inputs for any and all industries. Find out why our membership list is continuously growing and our existing members return year after year.
Connecting area residents to resources that lead to employment and business opportunities is one of our main goals.
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT & ADVOCACY
The Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce engages the community by advocating for citizens on municipal issues in reference to economics and education.
Our Chamber advocates on behalf of the underserved on issues of economic and education to improve the quality of life for the Metroplex at large.
An example of some issues the FWMBCC has advocated on:
- The 25% MWBE ordinance which is now is place in Arlington
- MWBE participation on the Dickie’s Arena project
- The IM Terrell VPA/STEM Academy
- The 2017 FWISD BOND
- Firestone & Robertson’s Whiskey Ranch at Rolling Hills
- Smoke Free Fort Worth initiative
- Fort Worth / Tarrant County first, for contracting
- And many more…
We guide individuals, companies and organizations public-sponsored training programs as well our members who specialize in training.
Throughout the year, the Chamber sponsors a series of programs featuring speakers on the issues of economics, education and civic engagement.