Wyatt speaks on The Economy from The African American Perspective; Petty Hunter name Outstanding Citizen of the Year

Wyatt speaks on The Economy from The African American Perspective; Petty Hunter name Outstanding Citizen of the Year

The Abilene Black Chamber of Commerce held its Annual meeting at The Hilton Garden Inns. There were 127 individuals in attendance. Jim Wyatt President of the Texas Association of African American Chambers gave a lot of statics concerning African Americans as consumers. With $836 Billion in Total Earning Power, only $321 Million Spent on Books while $7.4 Billion Spent on Hair and Personal Care Products and Services. The interesting thing about the Hair and Personal Care products is that African Americans own a small percentage of the companies that supply those products. {{more}}Wyatt encouraged African Americans to consider starting their own business and to use the chamber as a tool to help them market and grow their business. He also spoke about the circulation of the dollar in different neighborhoods. In the Jewish neighborhood the dollar circulates 12 times, in the Asian Community 9 times , the Hispanic Community 6 times and the African American Floyd Miller Presents Citizen of the year Plaque to Petty Hunter. Photo by Joe Starkey.Community 1 time. • Mr. Petty Hunter was named the Outstanding Citizen of the Year for his many civic minded activities. Hunter, rreturned to Abilene in 2001 and has served on the boards and committees that include the Community Action Program, Board, Editorial Committee for the Abilene Reporter News, the Grace Museum, Just People Inc. Frontier TX, the AISD Free Committee, City Bond Committee, Human Relations Committee, African -American Leadership Council, 100 Black Men of West Texas, United Way, Abilene Black Chamber of Commerce and more• Currently working on AISD’s Closing The Gap Project, Abilene Neighborhoods in Progress , Interested Citizens of Abilene North , NAACP, City of Abilene Golf Course Advisory Committee, The Community Foundation of Abilene, West Texas Workforce Board, The Abilene Youth Sports Authority, The National Black United Fund, The Black United Fund of Texas, and Commissioner for the West Texas Youth Football and West TexasCrystal Rae provided the entertainment. Photo by Joe StarkeyDFPS Regional Advisor for Child Protective Services and Health Disproportionality and Disparities.• Recently named Public Citizen of the year by the Texas Branch of the National Association of Social Workers for 2010• Currently a Community Developer and Organizer for Abilene Neighborhoods in Progress• Father of five adult children and four grandchildren• Married to Tonya Jones-Hunter• A member of the Macedonia Baptist ChurchCapacity Crowd. Photo by Joe Starkey.