Black Chamber President to Discuss Economic Sustainability for African American Businesses

Aubry Stone

Aubry Stone

On Monday, Feb. 13, the California African American Political and Economic Institute (CAAPEI) at California State University, Dominguez Hills presents “Building Economically Sustainable Communities through Small Business Development,” a lecture by Aubry L. Stone, president/CEO of the California Black Chamber of Commerce and director of the California Black Chamber Foundation. The lecture will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Loker Student Union.

Stone has led the California Black Chamber of Commerce and its foundation since their inception in 1995. Today the chamber is considered largest African American nonprofit business organization in the nation, working with regional black chambers to assist thousands of small and emerging African American-owned businesses throughout the state succeed. He is also a co-founder and board chairman of the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce.

In 2010, Stone was reappointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Commission for Economic Development; he has been a commissioner since 2003. He also serves on the California Utilities Diversity Council, the Cal-Trans Small Business Board, and is chairman of the California Department of General Services. His insight on economic development through business creation, growth and sustainability has made him a much sought-after speaker across the country.

Stone’s lecture is presented free as part of CAAPEI’s “Training Leaders for the 21st Century” lecture series. Established by state legislation that was authored by former California Assemblyman Merv Dymally in 2002 and again in 2003, CAAPEI seeks to influence public policy debate through on-going academic and community research dealing with African American economic and political development issues.

The Loker Student Union is at the heart of the campus of CSU Dominguez Hills, located at 1000 E. Victoria St. A day pass to park in campus lots costs $4 and is available at kiosk machines at each lot.

For more information on the lecture, contact Dr. Munashe Furusa, CAAPEI director and acting dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, at (310) 243-3389 or For details about CAAPEI, visit


As part of Black History Month, Dateline Dominguez is profiling a few of the accomplishments and contributions of African American students, faculty, alumni, and academic departments, as well as special events marking the month on campus. For more Black History Month 2012 coverage, go here.

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