Tabb Bishop, vice president of state government affairs for Verizon’s Mid-Atlantic region said “With all of the growth taking place in Southern Maryland, this is an exciting time for the area generally and for the minority business community in particular,” Bishop said. “The chamber’s inaugural event was attended by impressive and enthusiastic black businesses. With Verizon being committed to diversity, which stretches across all areas of the company from supplier diversity, to our base of management and associate employees, customers and more, supporting the launch of a new chamber with a diversity focus was natural and we are confident that it will make a difference.”

GS Proctor & Associates’ President and CEO Steve Proctor said “He was pleased with the establishment of the black chamber of commerce and supports it 100 percent.”

Charles County commissioners’ Vice President Reuben B. Collins II (D) said “That it was a historic event.”

Edsel M. Brown Jr. an insurance, retirement and financial services firm said “I will be able to receive support from the organization’s leaders and my peers in the chamber and that will strengthen us all individually and as an entire group. The mood in the room was positive and everyone there was glad they attended that night and even happier that the chamber is a reality,”