HOUSTON – The Greater Houston Black Chamber (GHBC) announced the finalists for its coveted Pinnacle and Upstart Awards honoring excellence among African American business owners in Houston. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event is being hosted virtually on Saturday, October 24, at 7 p.m.

The ceremony will stream live on the GHBC YouTube channel, and there will be a replay on Quest Channel 55 on Thursday, Oct. 29 and Saturday, Oct. 31, both at 7 p.m.

The GHBC has selected 10 businesses as finalists for the Pinnacle Award; five will ultimately be named winners at the October ceremony. For the Upstart Award, there are three finalists, with one winner to be announced.

The GHBC Pinnacle Award recognizes leading Black entrepreneurs for their success in business and their positive impact on the communities and industries they serve.

The 2020 Pinnacle Award finalists include TNR Accounting, Total Wellness Assessment and Counseling, Mpulse Healthcare and Technology, Lucille’s, Hillday Public Relations, BJackson Enterprises, LLC, Bright Learners Academy, J. Archer Insurance Group, LLC, Nuksy’s Fine Catering, Remax Legacy Living-Remax 1st Class.

Upstart Award finalists include Optimize Health, Gingerbread School and Office Pride Commercial Janitorial.

In addition to these prestigious honors, the GHBC will bestow several other awards to accomplished businesses and entrepreneurs including:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Excellence Award
  • Larry V. Green Advocate of the Year Award
  • Mickey Leland Entrepreneur Public Leadership Award
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year

The event is free, however, donations are encouraged and viewers will have the option to purchase tickets that include food and champagne packages for the ceremony, along with a raffle ticket. After the ceremony, the celebration continues with the “Drop the Beat” DJ Battle via Zoom, featuring several of Houston’s leading DJs. For more information, visit the GHBC website at www.ghbcc.com or call (713) 660-8299.


Founded in 1935 as the city’s first African American civic organization, the GHBC has evolved into an active participant in the city of Houston’s socioeconomic process. The organization is a 501(c)(6), not-for-profit, private, member-driven organization that serves the Greater Houston Area. The GHBC helps its partners and members navigate Houston’s large, diverse population, industries and the many nuances, which are unique to the city.