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Acting as a catalyst for inclusion in Northeast Ohio since 1996

The Presidents’ Council

Our Mission

Acting as a catalyst for inclusion, The Presidents’ Council Supports, Develops, and Advocates for our region’s current and future generations of African American entrepreneurs and leaders for sustainable wealth creation through Business Development + Entrepreneurial Support, Ecosystem Building (organizing & mobilizing), and Advocacy + Thought Leadership , Capital Formation + Investments; affecting influence and accountability at ALL levels that directly impact African American businesses and the communities we serve.

Membership has benefits with distinction. We offer our members:


Gain invaluable access to members and supporters to provide business-to-business services and growth opportunities for you and your business.


EEAYB fills a critical gap in the entrepreneurial ecosystem by providing direct tangible resources not only for scalability but for long-term sustainability

Financial Resources

Access to financial support to help African American business owners and entrepreneurs thrive.


Providing a shared magnified voice on public policy issues that impact African American businesses.

Community Scholarships

More than providing financial scholarships to high schoolers, our PC Scholars program provides the resources and support needed to not only get our students and their families TO college, but THROUGH college as well.

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Our History

The Presidents’ Council began in 1996 as The Presidents’ Council Investor’s Group (PCLLC), an organization tasked to provide leadership, innovative ideas and resources to advance African American businesses, thus contributing to the overall growth and economic development in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

Since inception, The Presidents’ Council has expanded to include:

The PresidentS’ Council Foundation (PCF)

A nonprofit 501(c)(3), created in 2000 to realize our civic and community initiatives.

The PresidentS’ Council Business Chamber (PCBC)

Northeast Ohio’s primary African American business chamber launched in 2015 to create an environment to develop and nurture MBE relationships for wealth creation and sustainability.

The Presidents’ Council Political Action Committee (PCPAC)

A Political Action Committee formalized in 2017 to put dollars behind issues and political candidates that directly impact African American businesses and the communities we serve.

The Presidents’ Council Executive Leadership Team

The Presidents Council African American Business Chamber Ohio

• Erica C. Penick, Executive Director – The Presidents’ Council

• Brian Hall, Presidents’ Council Chairman; President & CEO – JIT Services

• Warren Anderson, President & CEO – The AndersonDuBose Company

•Tilmon Brown, Chairman – New Horizon’s Baking Company

• Lonnie Coleman, President & CEO – Coleman Spohn

• Orlando & NeCole Cumberlander, Owners – Paul Mitchell Schools

•Terrell Dillard, President – Jan Pro NE Ohio & Zaymat Distributors

• Ken Hardy, Chairman – Bonnie Speed

• Ariane Kirkpatrick, President & CEO – The AKA Team

• Daryl Laisure, President & CEO – Zin Technologies

• Sandra Madison, CEO & Chairperson – Robert P. Madison International

• Darrell McNair, President & CEO – MVP Plastics

• Michael Obi, President & ECO – Spectrum Global Solutions

• Richard Perry, Managing Director – Pinkney Perry Insurance Agency

• Will Scott, CEO – Young Explorers Montessori Schools

• Eddie Taylor, Jr., Presidents’ Council Immediate Past Chairman; Founder & CEO – Taylor Oswald

• Rhoni Thompson, President & CEO – R. L. Cole Enterprises

• James Vaughan, Jr., President & CEO – JDD Inc.

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The Presidents’ Council Business Chamber. Where membership has its privileges and benefits have distinction.

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