Agency Profile: U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) @ the AU Expo 2017 on 11/14/2017

We welcome  The Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA)   participation in  the African Union Expo 2017 on 11/14/2017 at MIST Harlem, 46 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026,  between Fifth and Lenox Avenues on 11/14/2017 from 10am – 7pm.  CONTACT: please register at Or via Eventbrite

 or email or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8002 to the attend or to request further  information follow: #AfricanUnionExpo2017

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We are pleased to Announce that the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is supporting the African Union Expo and ns related to Exports/Imports, Trade and Investment. Jennifer Rimbach,  Access to Capital | Office of Business Development, will be participating a Judge during the contests held at the Expo this year.

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), a job-creating agency, leads Federal efforts to promote the growth and global competitiveness of America’s minority business community. This summary includes a small portion of our overall accomplishments during the first three years of the Obama Administration.


Increasing Exports of Minority-Owned Firms



Today, the importance of minority-owned businesses as a key component of U.S. international trade has nev-er been greater. Minority-owned firms have the most favorable export attributes of any sector of the U.S. economy and represent the future of export growth. They are:

  • twice as likely to export their products and services;
  • six times more likely to transact business in a language other than English;
  • three times more likely to generate 100% of their revenues from exporting;
  • more likely to have international operations than non-minority owned firms; and
  • substantial contributors to exports in manufacturing, retail trade, technology, and educational services.

Redesigned MBDA Business Center Program

In 2011, MBDA successfully launched a redesigned MBDA Business Center program. The new nationally focused program combined the traditional Minority Business Enterprise Center (MBEC) and Minority Business Opportunity Center (MBOC) programs into one. Significant changes include an increase in funding and the elimination of geographic borders, allowing business centers to provide services to minority-owned businesses anywhere in the Nation. Additional changes include longer funding terms, reduced paperwork burdens, the addition of merger, acquisition, joint venture and strategic partnering support, and enhanced export services.



Grow your business. Build the Nation. Visit a MBDA Business Center.

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Financial Services Merchant Profile: visit (FES/UCES) @ the AU expo 2017 on 11/14/2017

We welcome Financial Education Services/United Credit Education Services (FES/UCES) to the African Union Expo 2017 on 11/14/2017 at MIST Harlem, 46 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026,  between Fifth and Lenox Avenues on 11/14/2017 from 10am – 7pm.  CONTACT: please register at Or via Eventbrite

 or email or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8002 to the attend or to request further  information follow: #AfricanUnionExpo2017



About Financial Education Services/United Credit Education Services (FES/UCES)

Senior Field Trainer

Consultant/Credit Restoration Specialist

Offers FES Protection Plan membership (FESPP) which is a multi-product program designed to cover all aspects of personal and financial portfolio that keeps one’s identity, family, and financial assets protected.

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FESPP includes the following products and services:
Credit Restoration (challenges inaccurate, obsolete, or unverified information on your credit report including, but not limited to, late payments, charge-offs, foreclosures, collections, repossessions, bankruptcies, judgments, tax liens, student loans, and public records).  The higher the credit score, the more financial opportunities you can have and can bring better rates on mortgages/refinances, no or low interest rates on credit cards, lower rates on car loans/insurance, and positive results for job screenings.
Credit Builder (pulls your credit report and breaks it down, showing exactly what is affecting your personal credit score and how you can actively make positive changes).
Credit Attorney available for more challenging credit score related cases.
Smart Credit (online customer progress reports available 24/7, 365 days a year).
Debt Zero (creates a personalized budget taking into consideration all your financial responsibilities, outlining the most effective way to pay your bills resulting in build up savings, pay off your liabilities, manage your money, and say goodbye to lingering debt).
Lifelock – identity theft protection.
Financial Lockbox (online solution to store complete listing of your financial data in a single, secure, password-protected location for easy access by you or a contact that you select and authorized).
MyCare Plan – Essentials for Life’s Uncertainties (Will, Trust, and Financial/Medical Power of Attorney)
Other Discounts (Prescription/Travel/Shopping).

Financial Education Services 9-min video:

Protection That Pays

The FES Protection Plan Membership is an array of vital services with a major emphasis on significantly increasing, maintaining and protecting your credit score …

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“Having a will and trust was something we talked about on several occasions, but we never took the time to get it done.

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Services Profile: We welcome The SWEET Institute to the AU Expo 2017 on 11/14/2017

We welcome The SWEET Institute to the African Union Expo 2017 on 11/14/2017at MIST Harlem, 46 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026,  between Fifth and Lenox Avenues on 11/14/2017 from 10am – 7pm.  CONTACT: please register at Or via Eventbrite

 or email or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8002 to the attend or to request further  information follow: #AfricanUnionExpo2017


The SWEET Institute (Supporting Wellbeing through Empowerment, Education, and Training) exists to ensure that you have the support and resources you need to also care for yourself and the tools you require to care for your patients and clients. 

In the midst of performing a needs assessment, we have heard countless social workers and other healthcare providers speak of burnout, lack of consistent supervision and absence of coaching. How can one expect you to take care of your patients and clients when you lack support? How can we restore and nurture your intrinsic motivation to care for others by providing a more supportive community for you?

The SWEET Institute has taken on this cause, and it has started a movement – one that envisions a world in which you have a supportive community and the professional resources you need to thrive. It achieves that by providing exceptional continuing education, supervision, case consultation, mentoring and coaching, regular peer gatherings and opportunities for self-care, in an environment where learning, mutual support, and growing together are highly valued. All sessions are facilitated by Mardoche Sidor, MD, Quadruple Board Certified Psychiatrist, and Karen Dubin-McKnight, LCSW, PhD. Instead of hearing what you could simply read on your own, all sessions focus on critical thinking, soft skills, a posteriori knowledge and your career satisfaction will be significantly enhanced.



535 5th Avenue, 4th Floor
New York, New York
Call (718) 877-8297

Services Profile: We are proud to welcome New York Rx Card to the African Union Expo 2016

We welcome New York Rx Card to the Expo. New York Rx Card  will be providing Health Information, services and discount prescription cards for  small businesses and individuals attending the event.

Visit for more information for Merchants and general Attendees or email or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8002


New York Rx Card Highlights

  • Free For Everyone. All residents are eligible to get pharmacy discounts through this program. The program can be used to supplement most health insurance plans including Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and High Deductible Plans. It can also be used as a Medicare Part D supplement by providing discounts on non-covered drugs.542739_467039380006653_1478669263_n
  • No Restrictions. There are no enrollment forms, no age or income requirements, no waiting periods, no eligibility required, no exclusions, covers pre-existing conditions, no claim forms to file, no annual or lifetime limits.
  • Lowest Price. This program has Lowest Rx Price Logic to guarantee that you get the best pricing on prescriptions (Card holders pay the lower of a discount off Average Wholesale Price-AWP, discount off MAC Pricing, or Pharmacy Promotional/Retail price). You can save up to 75% on your medications (average savings are roughly 30%)!
  • Medications. The program includes discounts on brand and generic medications, open formulary so that all medications are eligible for discounts.
  • Accepted Everywhere. The Discount Prescription Card is pre-activated and accepted at over 68,000 pharmacies around the country including most major chains.
  • Confidential. No personal information is required to get a card.1546321_807952132582041_6963740364137310068_n

As a resident of New York, you and your family have access to a statewide Prescription Assistance Program (PAP). Create and print your FREE discount prescription drug card coupon below. This pharmacy coupon card will provide you with Rx medication savings of up to 75%at more than 68,000 pharmacies across the country includingCVS/pharmacy, Duane Reade, A&P, Hannaford, Kinney, Kmart, Stop and Shop, Target, Tops, Walgreens, Walmart, Wegmans, and many more. You can create as many coupons as you need. We encourage you to create and send to friends and family members via one of the many available options. This Coupon/Card is pre-activated and can be used immediately!

Toll Free: 800-931-2297
Local: 917-715-1560


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Services Profile: We are proud to welcome Healthfirst® to the African Union Expo 2016

We welcome Healthfirst® to the Expo. Healthfirst® will be providing Health Insurance and related services for  small businesses and individuals attending the event.

Visit for more information for Merchants and general Attendees or email or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8002


Healthfirst® is a not-for-profit health insurance company sponsored by some of the most prestigious hospitals and healthcare systems in New York. It serves close to 1.2 million members in New York City and in Long Island through government-sponsored programs including Child Health Plus, Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, and Managed Long Term Care (Senior Health Partners), as well as through private health plans including Healthfirst Leaf and Qualified Health Plans, offered on NY State of Health, The Official Health Plan Marketplace. It has also just launched the Healthfirst Essential Plan, which offers even lower cost options for qualifying individuals. Healthfirst offers a 4-Star Medicare Advantage plan, and is the only Medicaid Plan in NYC and Long Island rated 5 stars two years in a row.NetworkExpansion_Slider

for more information regarding Healthfirst® Contact:

On Facebook: @HealthfirstNY




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Site Developer

100 Church Street, 16th Floor

New York, NY 10007



Agency Profile: We are proud to welcome the USPS as a merchant to the African Union Expo 2016

We welcome the USPS to the Expo. the USPS will be providing innovative and cost effective small business solutions for attendees at the event.

Visit for more information for Merchants and general Attendees or email or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8002


About the United States Postal Service

A self-supporting, independent federal agency, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation: 155 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.12888515_10154069312144810_559064071407089210_o

With more than 31,600 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government,, the Postal Service has annual revenue of nearly $69 billion and delivers 47 percent of the world’s mail. With more than half a million employees, the Postal Service is one of the nation’s largest employers. If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 43rd in the 2015 Fortune 500 and 137th in the 2015 Global Fortune 500 list. The Postal Service has one of the world’s largest computer networks — linking nearly 32,000 facilities and making communication possible between hundreds of thousands of employees, as well as our customers.

The Postal Service mission is to provide a reliable, efficient, trusted and affordable universal delivery service that connects people and helps businesses grow. Everyone living in the United States and its territories has access to postal products and services and pays the same for a First-Class postage stamp regardless of their location.

The Postal Service has established a core set of enduring goals that guide all of its strategic initiatives and continuous improvement efforts:

  • Deliver High-Quality Services
  • Provide Excellent Customer Experiences
  • Ensure a Safe Workplace and an Engaged Workforce

The Postal Service puts information and technology at the center of its business strategies. It’s finding ways to harness analytics and insights and information to empower employees and customers. It’s also speeding the pace of innovation, and developing mobile and digital tools to play a larger role in the daily digital lives of customers. The Postal Service is already a technology-centric organization. It uses the world’s most advanced tracking and information systems to speed the flow of mail and packages throughout its network, creating literally billions of data points every day. The Postal Service is leveraging the information derived from that robust scanning and tracking to add value to the senders and receivers of mail and packages — and to create new products and services to spur growth in the mailing industry.12615144_10153937912994810_828888854269488854_o

The U.S. Postal Service continues to play an indispensable role as a driver of commerce and as a provider of delivery services that connects Americans to one another — reliably, affordably and securely, and to every residential and business address.

If you’re looking for the official source of information about USPS, please visit our homepage®.
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We are honored to announce the support of NYS Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie for the 2nd annual African Union Expo 2016

We are honored to announce the support of NYS assembly speaker Carl E. Heastie for the 2nd annual African Union Expo 2016.

Visit for more information for Merchants and general Attendees or email or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8002




November 15, 2016


Dear Friends:


Please accept my sincere greetings as you gather to celebrate the African Union Expo LLC, Go Africa Capital LLC, and The Go Africa Network Inc.’s 2nd annual African Union Expo 2016.


The proud beginning of this event was to strengthen the economic, social and governmental cooperation between Africa and America. This year’s Expo will focus on understanding the importance of a business plan and discovering sources of funding. This unique opportunity for entrepreneurs, startups and companies to engage, interact and learn formative knowledge will help advance the awareness and socio-economic development of Africa through local and international outreach initiatives for the evolving future.


This innovative Expo will highlight and reinforce the economic, political and social ties between the African Union Member countries and the United States of America – bringing together businessmen and political leaders to exchange views and news on promoting trade and investment opportunities. This is an opportunity for government and companies to engage and interact to better understand our evolving futures.


Again, congratulations on your 2nd annual African Union Expo, and best wishes to The Go Africa Capital LLC and The Go Africa Network, Inc. for continued success.






Merchant Profile: We are proud to welcome Simply Crafted 4U as a merchant to the African Union Expo 2016

Simply Crafted 4U, will be providing beauty & Health  Care products and services during the Expo.

Visit for more information for Merchants and general Attendees or email or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8002


Simply Crafted 4U, INC is an all natural Boutique Skin & Hair Care company that hand crafts each and every product. Simply Crafted 4U specializes in all natural soaps, shampoo, lotion, hair care and facial care affording consumers a healthier alternative to their skin & haircare regimen.fd30df_30276649b8a54b2a8a3b5beb6aa49a73


Simply Crafted 4U is a company that is committed to beauty and health while assisting to preserve our earth a little bit longer. Simply crafted 4U has developed an array of natural skin care products, affording you the opportunity of having another option to add to your daily skin-care regimen.

We specialize in natural artisan soaps, skin- loving butters, sugar scrubs, salt scrubs, facial masks, body wash & shampoo, there is something for everyone. We understand that you want to have natural options, the ability to feel beautiful, provide your skin with luxury while participating in a sustainable lifestyle. No worries, We have you covered!

Our hand crafted soaps are formulated using the cold process method, requiring no external heat….you can rest assure knowing that all of our skin-loving goodness remains in every bar. At Simply Crafted 4U, we use a combination of high quality oils…. Olive, Coconut, Jojoba, Hemp, Sweet Almond, Palm, Castor, Rice bran, and exotic butters that deliver skin-loving properties during each use. 


Our soaps are made in small batches to ensure the quality and integrity of our product. Here at Simply Crafted 4U we believe in super-fatting every bar of soap between 5%- 10%, these are the oils that are left behind after saponification, these are the skin loving oils that you will experience in every  bar of soap. We hand stir, hand cut and wrap each individual bar, giving to the uniqueness to all of our soaps. 

Simply Crafted 4U values the environment and your beautiful skin ,using only materials that are both sustainable and crafty. Simply Crafted 4U only uses natural colorants, pure essential oils, botanicals, natural exfoliates, no parabens or harsh fragrances. All of our goat milk soaps are created with a 100% goat milk, this also applies to our almond milk and other milk soaps. 

Simply crafted 4U is committed to crafting natural skin care products for everyone, that is why we offer Vegan, Unscented, Non-Colored and Nut Free products.  Many of our products are scented using only essential oils, while a few have been scented with fragrance oils. Our soaps are cured for 4-6 weeks or longer and are rigourously tested prior to selling to our customers.

Instagram: Simply Crafted 4U

Twitter: @4usimply


Simply Crafted 4U

370 Manhattan Avenue

NY, NY 10026

212 739-7720

Agency Profile: We are proud to welcome Minority Business Center Bronx, NY to the African Union Expo 2016

The Minority Business Center Bronx, New York, will be providing business, consulting and related services for small businesses during the Expo.

Visit for more information for Merchants and general Attendees or email or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8002


The Minority Business Center Bronx, New York, is one of two centers in the New York area, and of 33 centers throughout the nation.

The Minority Business Center Bronx, NY is operated and managed by the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO).  SoBRO’s business programs have a proven track record of providing assistance to minority entrepreneurs since 1972.  These programs, in conjunction with the staff expertise of the Minority Business Center, will allow for comprehensive assistance to minority businesses across all categories.

Our Center is committed to providing business owners with the knowledge, skills, and access to resources they need to grow and prosper.logo_mbda

Through strategic and community partnerships, as well as our business assistance programs; such as: PTAC, M/WBE Technical Assistance, Industrial Business Zone program, EAP and Credit Inc. (CDFI), we ensure that entrepreneurs not only reach their goals, but excel beyond them.

The Center’s staff of business professionals will continue to grow strategic relationships with banks, loan officers, city, state and federal agency staff, chambers of commerce, and private sector companies to provide the broadest selection of opportunities for success in the local and global economy.



555 Bergen Avenue, 3rd Floor- Bronx, New York 10455

T 718. 732.7580 F 718.292.3115

We are proud to announce the support of The National Urban League for the 2nd African Union Business Expo to be held on 11/15/2016 at MIST Harlem from 10am -7pm.

We are proud to announce the support of The National Urban League  for the 2nd African Union Business Expo to be held on 11/15/2016 at MIST Harlem from 10am -7pm.  Register to win up to 1,000.00! at


or email or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8002 to the attend or to request further  information

follow: #AfricanUnionExpo2016

This year will feature 2 new events:

  • Go Africa Startup Contest (for entrepreneurs, startups and small companies)
    • General category
      • 10 min presentation of your business with 5 min Q&A from the Audience and Judges:
      • 1,000 cash (First Prize)
      • 250 Gift Card (Second Prize)
      • 150 Gift Card (Third Prize)
    • Innovation & idea Category
    • Contestant has an innovation or idea that is in the incubation, development stage
      • 10 min presentation of your business with 5 min Q&A from the Audience and Judges:
      • 150 Gift Card (First Prize)
      • 100 Gift Card (Second Prize)
      • 75 Gift Card (Third Prize)

Contestant, Individual or Business can only compete and/or win in one of the categories but not both.

  • Business Review (business plan review and financing, planning assessment) Featuring the following:
    • Individual planning and assessment with Go Africa Capital LLC and a financial institution for your business or startup.
    • Individualized scoring and funding proposal created for your business
  • If the funding proposal is accepted by all parties involved, funding will be provided within 60 – 120 days.
  • See (business Review Section for more details on the criteria, and other parameters


About the National Urban League: nul-images-4

Our Mission
The mission of the Urban League movement is to enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.

Our History
The National Urban League, which has played so pivotal a role in the 20th-Century Freedom Movement, grew out of that spontaneous grassroots movement for freedom and opportunity that came to be called the Black Migrations. When the U.S. Supreme Court declared its approval of segregation in the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson decision, the brutal system of economic, social and political oppression the White South quickly adopted rapidly transformed what had been a trickle of African Americans northward into a flood. nulu-logo nul_footer_logo

Those newcomers to the North soon discovered they had not escaped racial discrimination. Excluded from all but menial jobs in the larger society, victimized by poor housing and education, and inexperienced in the ways of urban living, many lived in terrible social and economic conditions.

Still, in the degree of difference between South and North lay opportunity, and that African Americans clearly understood. But to capitalize on that opportunity, to successfully adapt to urban life and to reduce the pervasive discrimination they faced, they would need help. That was the reason the Committee on Urban Conditions Among Negroes was established on September 29, 1910 in New York City. Central to the organization’s founding were two remarkable people: Mrs. Ruth Standish Baldwin and Dr. George Edmund Haynes, who would become the Committee’s first executive secretary.

Mrs. Baldwin, the widow of a railroad magnate and a member of one of America’s oldest families, had a remarkable social conscience and was a stalwart champion of the poor and disadvantaged. Dr. Haynes, a graduate of Fisk University, Yale University, and Columbia University (he was the first African American to receive a doctorate from that institution), felt a compelling need to use his training as a social worker to serve his people.
A year later, the Committee merged with the Committee for the Improvement of Industrial Conditions Among Negroes in New York (founded in New York in 1906), and the National League for the Protection of Colored Women (founded in 1905) to form the National League on Urban Conditions Among Negroes. In 1920, the name was later shortened to the National Urban League.

The interracial character of the League’s board was set from its first days. Professor Edwin R. A. Seligman of Columbia University, one of the leaders in progressive social service activities in New York City, served as chairman from 1911 to 1913. Mrs. Baldwin took the post until 1915.

The fledgling organization counseled black migrants from the South, helped train black social workers, and worked in various other ways to bring educational and employment opportunities to blacks. Its research into the problems blacks faced in employment opportunities, recreation, housing, health and sanitation, and education spurred the League’s quick growth. By the end of World War I the organization had 81 staff members working in 30 cities.

In 1918, Dr. Haynes was succeeded by Eugene Kinckle Jones who would direct the agency until his retirement in 1941. Under his direction, the League significantly expanded its multifaceted campaign to crack the barriers to black employment, spurred first by the boom years of the 1920s, and then, by the desperate years of the Great Depression. Efforts at reasoned persuasion were buttressed by boycotts against firms that refused to employ blacks, pressures on schools to expand vocational opportunities for young people, constant prodding of Washington officials to include blacks in New Deal recovery programs and a drive to get blacks into previously segregated labor unions.

As World War II loomed, Lester Granger, a seasoned League veteran and crusading newspaper columnist, was appointed Eugene Kinckle Jones successor.

Outspoken in his commitment to advancing opportunity for blacks, Granger pushed tirelessly to integrate the racist trade unions and led the League’s effort to support A. Philip Randolph’s March on Washington Movement to fight discrimination in defense work and in the armed services. Under Granger, the League, through its own Industrial Relations Laboratory, had notable success in cracking the color bar in numerous defense plants. The nation’s demand for civilian labor during the war also helped the organization press ahead with greater urgency its programs to train black youths for meaningful blue-collar employment. After the war those efforts expanded to persuading Fortune 500 companies to hold career conferences on the campuses of Negro colleges and place blacks in upper-echelon jobs.

Of equal importance to the League’s own future sources of support, Granger avidly supported the organization of its volunteer auxiliary, the National Urban League Guild, which, under the leadership of Mollie Moon, became an important national force in its own right.

The explosion of the civil rights movement provoked a change for the League, one personified by its new leader, Whitney M. Young, Jr., who became executive director in 1961. A social worker like his predecessors, he substantially expanded the League’s fund-raising ability and, most critically, made the League a full partner in the civil rights movement. Although the League’s tax-exempt status barred it from protest activities, it hosted at its New York headquarters the planning meetings of A. Philip Randolph, Martin Luther King, Jr., and other civil rights leaders for the 1963 March on Washington. Young was also a forceful advocate for greater government and private-sector efforts to eradicate poverty. His call for a domestic Marshall Plan, a ten-point program designed to close  the huge social and economic gap between black and white Americans, significantly influenced the discussion of the Johnson Administration’s War on Poverty legislation.

Young’s tragic death in 1971 in a drowning incident off the coast of Lagos, Nigeria brought another change in leadership. Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., formerly Executive Director of the United Negro College Fund, took over as the League’s fifth Executive Director in 1972 (the title of the office was changed to President in 1977). For the next decade, until his resignation in December 1981, Jordan skillfully guided the League to new heights of achievement. He oversaw a major expansion of its social service efforts, as the League became a significant conduit for the federal government to establish programs and deliver services to aid urban communities, and brokered fresh initiatives in such League programs as housing, health, education and minority business development. Jordan also instituted a citizenship education program that helped increase the black vote and brought new programs to such areas as energy, the environment, and non-traditional jobs for women of color-and he developed The State of Black America report.

In 1982, John E. Jacob, a former chief executive officer of the Washington, D.C. and San Diego affiliates who had served as Executive Vice President, took the reins of leadership, solidifying the League’s internal structure and expanding its outreach even further.

Jacob established the Permanent Development Fund in order to increase the organization’s financial stamina. In honor of Whitney Young, he established several programs to aid the development of those who work for and with the League: The Whitney M. Young, Jr. Training Center, to provide training and leadership development opportunities for both staff and volunteers; the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Race Relations Program, which recognizes affiliates doing exemplary work in race relations; and the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Commemoration Ceremony, which honors and pays tribute to long term staff and volunteers who have made extraordinary contributions to the Urban League Movement.

Jacob established the League’s NULITES youth development program and spurred the League to put new emphasis on programs to reduce teenage pregnancy, help single female heads of households, combat crime in black communities, and increase voter registration.

Hugh B. Price, appointed to the League’s top office in July 1994, took over the reins at a critical moment for the League, for black America, and for the nation as a whole. In the early 90’s, the fierce market-driven dynamic of “globalization,” was sweeping the world, fundamentally altering the economic relations among and within countries and reshaping the link between the nation’s citizenry and its economy, fostering enormous uncertainty among individuals and tensions among ethnic and cultural groups.

This economic change and the efforts of some to rollback the gains African Americans fashioned since the 1960s made the League’s efforts all the more necessary. Price, a lawyer with extensive experience in community development and public policy issues, intensified the organization’s work in three broad areas: in education and youth development, individual and community-wide economic empowerment, affirmative action and the promotion of inclusion as a critical foundation for securing America’s future as a multi-ethnic democracy.

Among Price’s most notable achievements was establishing the League’s Institute of Opportunity and Equality in Washington, DC, which conducted research and public policy analysis of urban issues and the Campaign for African American Achievement, a community mobilization and advocacy initiative created to raise awareness and promote the importance of achievement through the formation of the National Achievers Society, “Doing the Right Thing” recognition in local communities and the National Urban League’s Scholarship Program.

On May 15, 2003 the Board of Trustees of the National Urban League voted overwhelmingly to appoint former New Orleans Mayor Marc H. Morial as the League’s eighth President and Chief Executive Officer. As New Orleans Chief Executive, he was one of the most popular and effective mayors in the city’s history, leaving office with 70% approval rating. After being elected as one of the youngest mayors in the city’s history, crime plummeted by 60% a corrupt Police Department was reformed, new programs for youth were started and stagnant economy was reignited.

Since his appointment to the National Urban League, Morial has worked to reenergize the movement’s diverse constituencies by building on the strengths of the NUL’s 95 year old legacy and increasing the organization’s profile both locally and nationally.

In his first year, Morial worked to streamline the organization’s headquarters, secured over $10 million dollars in new funding to support affiliate programs, created the first Legislative Policy Conference “NUL on the Hill’, revamped the State of Black America report, created profitability for the annual conference, and secured a $127.5 million equity fund for  minority businesses through the new markets tax credit program. He introduced and developed a stronger strategic direction of the organization with a “five point empowerment agenda’ that focuses on closing the equality gaps which exist for African Americans and other emerging ethnic communities in education, economic empowerment, health and quality of life, civic engagement, and civil rights and racial justice.