PALM COAST, Fla. – Presented with the first of four proclamations in Flagler and Volusia counties recognizing the importance of National Black Business Month, African American Entrepreneurs Association Founder and CEO Leslie Giscombe thanked the Palm Coast City Council on Tuesday evening for their support during their regular business meeting.

As one of Florida’s leading organizations supporting minority business owners, the African American Entrepreneurs Association was founded in Palm Coast in 2016.

Working closely with city and county staff in various regions of the country while creating relationships with economic development experts in target communities such as the Greater Baltimore Committee, the CEO Business Alliance, and CareerSource Volusia-Flagler, the AAEA has also developed connections with colleges and universities including the Volusia County Business Incubator in partnership with the University of Central Florida, Auburn’s Harbert College of Business, Alabama State University, and the University of Florida’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center.

Corporate partners like TD Bank and the TD Foundation, Truist and VyStar Credit Union have helped AAEA become a direct support organization for minority businesses in four states, while corporate sponsors like AdventHealth, the Daytona Tortugas and Intracoastal Bank support the mission.