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New York State’s Largest African American Chamber of Commerce Honor “Women Who Shine”

The Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (“LIAACC”) is New York State’s largest African American Chamber of Commerce.  On March 28, 2017, LIAACC honored three extraordinary “Women Who Shine” at Pa Nash restaurant in Queens, NY.  These women are a shining example of professionalism, integrity, and devotion in their respective fields.  The ladies of LIAAC celebrated National Women’s history month.

Honorees (L to R): Charna Rainey, Barbara Armand, and Shelley Brazley.


In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity. A special Presidential Proclamation is issued every year which honors the extraordinary achievements of American women.President Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th 1980 as National Women’s History Week.

Ladies of LIAACC celebrated National Women’s Month Women. Photo Credit: Roc Runna Press

Ladies of LIAACC celebrated National Women’s Month Women. Photo Credit: Roc Runna Press

The Ladies of LIAACC awards committee were thrilled at the privilege of presenting these Ladies with the 2017 “Women Who Shine” award.
  • Barbara Armand, President & CEO of Armand Corporation – Outstanding Leadership In Business Award
  • Shelley Brazley, Interim Executive Director Nassau County Office of Minority Affairs  – Outstanding Leadership In Government Service Award
  • Charna Rainey, Regional Marketing Manager Fidelis Care New York – Outstanding Leadership In Health Award

Ladies of LIAACC celebrated National Women’s Month Women. Photo Credit: Roc Runna Press

“Women play a vital role in all aspects of our society, including but not limited to their influence in governmental agencies, healthcare industry, civic leadership and the list goes on and on” said Phil Andrews, President, Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Facts about the chamber: LIAACC has also been featured on WABC Here and Now
LIAACC has been featured in many prominent publications such as: Long Island Business,,, News, New York Trend Newspaper, Community Journal Newspaper, Queens, Courier, Black Star News, BKReader, South Bay Newspapers etc.
LIAACC is a member of the US Black Chamber.
LIAACC is a membership based organization and Women Small Business Owners and Professionals play a vital role in our success at the chamber.
For more information on the programs and activities of the chamber log on to


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New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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