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New Chamber Of Commerce Caters To Minorities, Women

Jessica Palombo

A new local chamber of commerce is offering its services to businesses owned by minorities and women. The Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce announced its launch on Wednesday.

The Big Bend Minority Chamber aims to  serve business owners in Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Franklin and Gadsden counties. Gretna City Manager Antonio Jefferson, who serves on the chamber board, says big companies looking for subcontractors often don’t know about the minority-owned businesses in the Big Bend area.

“It’s gonna be the purpose of this chamber to introduce those that may not know of these small businesses that may not have the back-of-the-house or the front-of-the-house to get their exposure in the community," Jefferson said.

Tallahassee attorney Sean Pittman is the board chairman and Windell Paige, who worked in Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s office, is the president.

Even though there are already other minority-focused chambers in the area, including the Capital City Chamber, Paige said, there’s always  room for another good player in the game.