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CAAO's mission is to utilize the resources of Northeast Ohio African American professional organizations to promote economic development in African American communities and to enhance career and entrepreneurial opportunities for African Americans.





  • Educate the African American community about the importance of business growth, economic empowerment, and development.

  • Promote the patronage of African American businesses.

  • Increase communication and cooperation between local African American entrepreneurial activities.

  • Serve as a resource to support African American entrepreneurial activities.

  • Support the activities of member organizations.