Green Business Initiative
Contributors: Greater Memphis Black Chamber of Commerce; Lab Four Technology Learning Place; City of Memphis; Workforce Investment Network (WIN)
Lab Four Technology Learning Place, 6154 Macon Rd, Memphis, TN 38134WHEN:
Friday, December 17, 2010 and January 7, 14, 2011 10:00 AM – 12 PMGreater Memphis Black Chamber of Commerce launches Green Business Initiative
(December 13, 2010; MEMPHIS, TN) –
Greater Memphis Black Chamber of Commerce’sBusiness Intelligence Institute has launched a Green Business Initiative. Assisting with economic recovery for Memphis and surrounding area, the Black Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Lab Four Technology Learning Place, City of Memphis, and Workforce Investment Network (WIN) to deliver the first Weatherization training program for the construction industry that offers the standardized Business Performance Institute (BPI) certification.
According to research conducted by the Ethos Project, weatherization auditing and contractingcould account for 2.2 billion dollars in market potential, and may create more than 168,000 jobs in the sector.
For participants interested in the program, Informational Workshops begin this week on Friday, December 17, 2010 and January 7, 14, 2011 10:00 AM – 12 PM at Lab Four Technology Learning Place, 6154 Macon Rd, Memphis, TN 38134. All participants must attend one of the workshops to establish eligibility.
The program will facilitate leading-edge training for sustainable energy efficiency work in the Memphis MSA region, according to Aquila Scott, President and CEO of Greater Memphis Black Chamber of Commerce. The focus is three main areas: (1) Developing contingent workforce strategies that train Dislocated Workers in weatherization of commercial and residential properties; (2) Creating sustainable businesses to meet the growing demand for energy efficiency in the framework of the Home Star Energy Efficiency Bill; and (3) Conducting entrepreneurial clinics to assist entrepreneurs with risk assessment, exploration of business opportunities and capacity building. The program also assists construction and HVAC companies with re-tooling for energy efficiency business, Weatherization Auditing /Contracting.
Greater Memphis Black Chamber of Commerce was founded in May of 2009 and officially launched April of this year with the mission of creating greater opportunity for inclusion and participation of black-owned businesses in the economic development of Greater Memphis and beyond. GMBCC will assist as many businesses as possible, in the targeted demographic, through the identification of opportunities for sustainable growth.