2017 Business Award Winners

Ruby Award 1-5 Years In Business)


Diamond Award  (6-10 Years in Business)


Emerald Award (11-20 Years in Business)


Jewel Award  (20+ Years in Business)


Runners Up:   C King & Sons Construction, Michelle's Magical Treasures

2015 Historical Pioneer Honorees

Jackson's Music Heritage

Frank Ballard
Big Maybelle (Mabel Louise Smith)
Christine Chatman
Dave Clark
Rev. Cleavant Derricks

Ruby Falls (Bertha Bearden Dorsey)
Joe  Hunter
Luther Ingram
The Jacksonians
Farris Lanier Jr.
Laurice Lanier
Denise LaSalle
Joseph McKinney
Kurl McKinney
John Parrish
Phillip Reynolds
Gil Scott-Heron
John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson

The Jackson Madison County African American Chamber of Commerce (JMCAACC) will present its 17th Annual JEWEL Awards Banquet -- 6:30pm on Friday, February 23, 2018 at Jackson Oman Arena, 179 Lane Avenue.  Highlights will include performances by Soulink Music's JL and two American Idols, icons of the rural West TN Civil Rights Movement and announcement of 2018  contemporary business awards in four categories. Nominations are open through January 23.   Click here for a nomination form.

Tickets are on sale now!  $15 for general admission and $75 for dinner seating viaEventbrite.   Corporate sponsorships are available.  Tables of 8 start at $600.

American Idol stars Lil Rounds in 2009 and Keia Johnson in 2010 will strut their vocal instrumentation to songs of the 1960s as well as contemporary hits. College students are encourage to participate, learn about the Civil Rights Movement as we recognize the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to enjoy this annual event.   JL (Jawaski Lake) is serving as band leader and putting together a list of songs for everyone to enjoy.  Don't miss this one-of-a-kind occasion! 

2018 Jewel Awards with American Idols Keia Johnson and Lil Rounds!  Feb. 23!!!

2017:   The Bar-Kays brought the heat  to the 2017 JEWEL Awards Banquet.  Seven Historical Pioneers in Sports were honored including the late Walter Bond represented by his nephew Bishop Nathaniel Bond, honoree Tony Champion, Manley Fuller represented by nephew Keith Spann, Sylvester Hicks represented by Kevin Hicks, Ed "Too Tall" Jones represented by Mal Matthews, honoree Dorrington “Junior” Reid, and Kacy Rodgers represented by Jimi Hess.​

Business Awards winners were Dr. April Smith and Tia Jones of Loving Arms LLC, Ruby Award; Robert Murphy of Futurlistic Barber & Beauty Salon, Diamond Award; Garey and Lisa Jenkins of Sears Hometown Store in Milan, Emerald Award; and top award winner John Albert Forrest of F & B Auto Sales, Jewel Award for 20+ year old businesses.  Presenters for the evening were Sandra K. Walls of AIL Logistics Solutions, Ray L. Dunn of Northwestern Mutual, Darlette Samuels of Lane College and Andre Gist of MIG Steel Fabrications along with State Rep. Jimmy Eldridge and State Rep. Johnny Shaw who made the Historical Pioneer presentations.

Event sponsors were Toyota Bodine Aluminum, the City of Jackson, MIG Steel Fabrication, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA), West Tennessee Healthcare, and Lane College along with 96KIX, Jammin’ Jackson 97.7, The Jackson Sun, Lamar Advertising, WOJG-FM, and the West Tennessee Examiner.  

​ Tickets are now on sale!   $15 General Admission!