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Viewpoint: Why in the HELL does Pensacola need TWO Chambers of Commerce?

Viewpoint: Why in the HELL does Pensacola need TWO Chambers of Commerce?

By Jibril Sulaiman, president of Pay Cell Systems Hello my name is Jibril Sulaiman. I'm the 33 year old President of a local technology company, Pay Cell Systems and I've been an entrepreneur in Pensacola since the age of 20. Over the years I've gained a level of notoriety in the community as [...]

Figuring Out the GCAACC

Pensacola City Councilman John Jerralds started off his organizational meeting for the Gulf Coast African-American Chamber of Commerce by asking the group’s current head  to list its officers. GCAACC Chairman George Hawthorne replied that he had no vice chairman, secretary or [...]

GCAACC Organizational Meeting

The drama surrounding the Gulf Coast African-American Chamber of Commerce will continue to unfold tonight during an organizational meeting at Pensacola City Hall. The meeting is the latest in a series hosted by Pensacola City Councilman John Jerralds, who contends the current GCAACC doesn’t [...]

Hawthorne’s ‘Game Plan’: Work Together

George Hawthorne, executive director of the Gulf Coast African American Chamber of Commerce, said Tuesday that his organization would not be releasing what he had referred to as a “game plan.” “Any moves we make now would further divide this community,” Hawthorne said. For months, [...]

Hawthorne’s ‘Game Plan’

Hawthorne’s ‘Game Plan’

Gulf Coast African-American Chamber of Commerce Executive Director George Hawthorne said he is not concerned with—and does not feel threatened by—the recent moves made by a city councilman to start another black chamber. “If they want to have a social club, let them have a social club,” [...]

The GCAACC and the ‘New Direction’

The GCAACC and the ‘New Direction’

A faction of Pensacola’s African-American business community appears intent on creating a new minority chamber of commerce. Jackie Miles, a board member of the existing Gulf Coast African-American Chamber of Commerce, joined Pensacola City Councilman John Jerralds last night in calling for a new [...]

Jerralds and the GCAACC

Jerralds and the GCAACC

There’s another forum on the calendar to discuss the Gulf Coast African American Chamber of Commerce. Pensacola City Councilman John Jerralds has scheduled a May 9 meeting at city hall. Recently, Jerralds has begun questioning the viability of the GCAACC. A public meeting was held on the [...]

State of the Black Chamber

State of the Black Chamber

What is the Gulf Coast African American Chamber of Commerce? What does it do? Who does it? These were some of the questions explored during a meeting earlier this month. According to the its chairman, George Hawthorne, the chamber is an organization in a state of change. “We’re in the [...]

Hawthorne’s City Council Address

Hawthorne’s City Council Address

After allowing him his few minutes of public comment at the microphone, the Pensacola City Council continued to the next speaker without comment. Gulf Coast African American Chamber of Commerce Chairman George Harwthorne attended tonight’s council meeting to speak about the gathering City [...]

Hawthorne: An Olive Branch or Baseball Bat?

Hawthorne: An Olive Branch or Baseball Bat?

He knows he’s going to speak before the Pensacola City Council tomorrow. He’s just not sure exactly what he’ll say. “I have an olive branch in my left hand, I have a baseball bat in my right—I haven’t decided which one I’m going to use,” said Gulf Coast African American Chamber [...]

Jerralds: Hawthorne is ‘pissing in the wind’ and ‘full of shenanigans’

Jerralds: Hawthorne is ‘pissing in the wind’ and ‘full of shenanigans’

Despite a request by Gulf Coast African American Chamber of Commerce Chairman George Hawthorne, the Pensacola City Council did not address Councilman John Jerralds’ recent efforts to reassess the chamber’s purpose. “That’s not city business,” Jerralds said, after leaving the city [...]

Jerralds vs. Hawthorne and the Battle Over the GCAACC

Jerralds vs. Hawthorne and the Battle Over the GCAACC

By the time Pensacola City Councilman John Jerralds called the police, George Hawthorne had summed up the Friday afternoon meeting as “odd” and “ludicrous.” “George, I’m not gonna play with you,” Jerralds told him. The councilman was opening up his public meeting concerning the [...]

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