(NYT) Blacks Are Challenged to Buy From Black-Owned Businesses to Close Gap

Attend  The African Union Expo 2015. Expo  will take place at MIST Harlem, 46 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026,  between Fifth and Lenox Avenues on 11/17/2015 from 11am – 7pm.CONTACT: please register at http://africanunionexpo.org/events/african-union-expo-2015-nyc-harlem/

or email info@africanunionexpo.com or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8001 to the attend or to request further  information

CHICAGO — Should black people go out of their way to patronize black-owned business?
Maggie Anderson says they should. In 2008, with the economy in the middle of the worst downturn since the 1930s, Ms. Anderson enlisted her husband and two daughters in a yearlong plan to consume goods and services exclusively from black-owned businesses. The journey became a basis for her 2012 book, “Our Black Year,” the subject of several TED talks about how to increase wealth in the African-American community, and the narrative behind a current cross-country tour aimed at spreading her gospel.

“There’s a lot that we can do if we make small sacrifices,” Eugene Mitchell said. Credit Joshua Lott for The New York Times

Blacks spend less money in black-owned businesses than other racial and ethnic groups spend in businesses owned by members of their groups, including Hispanics and Asians. A report by Nielsen and Essence estimates that black buying power will reach $1.3 trillion in the next few years, yet only a tiny fraction of that money is spent at black-owned businesses. Unless black people devote more attention to building wealth within the black community, Ms. Anderson and others contend, they will always be behind.

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Health Services Profile: We are pleased African Services Committee (ASC) to the African Union Expo 2016

We are pleased to announce the support of the African Services Committee  (ASC) for the African Union Expo 2016.

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ASC, we be providing Health, awareness and testing services during the expo.

Visit AfricanUnionExpo.org for more information for Merchants and general Attendees or email  info@africanunionexpo.com or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8002

African Services Committee is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and self-sufficiency of the African community. We provide health, housing, legal, educational, and social services to over 10,000 newcomers each year in New York City with a focus on HIV prevention, care and support. We also work on the frontlines of the global AIDS epidemic; operating five clinics in Ethiopia and through advocacy and policy work in the U.S. and abroad.

 

Learn more at www.africanservices.org

 

CUNY Citizenship Now! New York State Office for New Americans at CUNYXPRESS

We are pleased to announce that the CUNY Citizenship Now! team will be supporting the African Union Expo 2015  to be held at Mist Harlem on 11/17/2015 from 11am – 7pm. Please register at  http://africanunionexpo.org/events/african-union-expo-2015-nyc-harlem/  or email info@africanunionexpo.com or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8001 to the attend or to request further  information

the CUNY Citizenship Now! teamand will have an Exhibitor table at the Expo to provide assistance and information for all the various immigrant services programs with a linkage towards secondary education in the CUNY system to all attendees.  

CUNY Citizenship Now! is the largest university-based legal assistance program in the nation. We provide free, high quality, and confidential citizenship and immigration law services to all New Yorkers. Under the leadership of Professor Allan Wernick, CUNY Citizenship Now’s attorneys and paralegals assist more than 10,000 individuals each year at our centers and more than 2,000 at our community based events. We also coordinate community, educational, and volunteer initiatives to help expand opportunities for New York City’s immigrant population. We serve the community in many languages, including Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Polish, French, Haitian Creole and Italian.

OUR MISSION:

CUNY Citizenship Now! provides free, high quality, and confidential immigration law services to help individuals and families on their path to U.S. citizenship. Our attorneys and paralegals offer one-on-one consultations to assess participants’ eligibility for legal benefits and assist them in applying when qualified. We also coordinate community, educational, and volunteer initiatives to help expand opportunities for New York City’s immigrant population.

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Sample Business Plans and links for more information for contestants for the InnovateHER Competition to be held on 11/17/2015

please see below and attachments for more information for business plans

To all contestants, attached is a sample business plans and links to more information for business plans.

Again, you would need to submit your business plan by 11/15/2015 if you have not already done so. You could also bring copies of your business plan on the day of the event. If to purse this option please bring at least 8 copies of your business plan for the Judges.

 

 

Templates in Microsoft Office for Business plans: https://templates.office.com/en-ca/Business

Link to the SBA https://www.sba.gov/writing-business-plan

sample business plan template

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Carl E. Heastie, New York State Assembly Speaker

Carl E. Heastie is the first African American to serve as Speaker of the New York State Assembly, elected by his Assembly colleagues on February 3, 2015.speaker Heastie

In his first budget as Speaker, he worked closely with members of the Assembly Majority to develop a financial plan that made an historic $1.8 billion investment in the education of our students, addressed the homelessness crisis facing our communities and gave working families the resources they need to achieve financial independence. Speaker Heastie is committed to fighting for the reforms and investments that will strengthen our families and uplift all New Yorkers.

Speaker Heastie represents the 83rd A.D. in the northeast Bronx and was first elected to the Assembly in 2000. As a member of the Assembly, he has been one of the leading advocates for the construction of new schools and his vigilance has led to the development of several new schools in his district. In addition, he has secured significant funding for housing, education, after school programming, health and human services, jobs readiness and computer training for constituents.

Amongst his many legislative achievements, Speaker Heastie was a principal negotiator in securing an increase in the minimum wage that took effect January 1, 2014. He was also successful in negotiating increases in unemployment insurance benefits, which had been stagnant since 1998. He was the prime sponsor of the Wage Theft Prevention Act which provided stiffer penalties for employers that steal wages from employees.

Speaker Heastie scored a victory for public health when he championed the passage of a law that prohibited the sale of water containing nicotine to children under 18 years old. He also authored a law to help victims of domestic violence by releasing them from lease obligations if it is found that remaining in the residence would keep the victim in a dangerous environment.

Prior to joining the Assembly, Speaker Heastie served as a budget analyst in the New York City Comptroller’s office where he researched, prepared and authored reports on the City’s spending patterns. He earned a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in Finance from Bernard M. Baruch College (CUNY) and a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Stony Brook University (SUNY).

Welcome letter from Speaker Carl Heastie for the 2015 African Union Expo (PDF)