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“Immigrants are vital to New York State’s sustained economic growth,” said Jorge I. Montalvo, Director of the New York State Office for New Americans. “We encourage all New Americans interested in starting or expanding a small business to attend one of these seminars to gain the skills needed in the current economic climate.” (read more)


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Join Aubry Padmore and co-host Kareen Linton, Executive Chef & CEO, The Linton Group for a new edition of "Straight Talk & Motivation" on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 8PM, EST as they interview Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey (Founders of Barefoot Wine brand"

Hiring New Talent? Here Are Seven Ways to Spot Entrepreneurial DNA 
Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey explain why entrepreneurial DNA is the most important quality a job seeker can possess and share seven ways to identify it during an interview.

          Forestville, CA (May 2016)—As the market continues to improve, your organization might (finally!) be plugging some holes in the workforce and even creating new positions. But as you shuffle through résumés, don't get too hung up on finding the perfect mixture of background and technical skills. According to Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey, the most important qualification a job seeker can possess isn't always evident on paper.

"Be sure your new hires have entrepreneurial DNA," says Houlihan, coauthor along with Harvey of The Entrepreneurial Culture: 23 Ways to Engage and Empower Your People(Footnotes Press, 2014, ISBN: 978-0-990-79370-0, $9.95, and the New York Times bestseller The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built America's #1 Wine Brand (Evolve Publishing, 2013, ISBN: 978-0-988-22454-4, $15.95). "Identifying and hiring entrepreneurial candidates is one of the best things you can do for your bottom line, because these individuals will be self-reliant, engaged, empowered, and innovative problem solvers."

 "In today's ever-changing business world, adaptable and entrepreneurial employees are your most valuable competitive advantage," Harvey adds. "Remember that you can teach plenty of new skills to a self-starter, but it's not so easy to teach clock punchers to think like owners."
          Here, Houlihan and Harvey spotlight seven ways to tell if job candidates have the entrepreneurial DNA you want:
Ask them if they're willing to bet on themselves. Entrepreneurs don't have any income unless they are constantly satisfying their customers, and they're constantly looking for ways to increase their income, profits, and growth. In other words, they bet tomorrow's paycheck on today's ideas and effort.
"Ask candidates if they want to get paid on attendance (e.g., receive a salary), or if they're willing to bet a portion of their compensation on their own performance," recommends Harvey. "Seek out someone with self-confidence and demonstrable self-reliance who knows they can add significant value to your bottom line. Of course, this means you'll need to implement some kind of profit-sharing plan if your company doesn't have one already."
Pay attention to body language. Watch how each candidate moves. You can do this unobtrusively by asking them to get a file from the next office or a cup of water from a nearby table. Do they lumber aimlessly, take their time, shuffle back slowly, flop down into the chair, and lean on their elbows? Is their posture like a question mark? Or do they move with hustle, determination, and purpose? Keep in mind that when people sit erect and lean slightly forward, they're indicating engagement and interest. (>>> read more)


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Barbados Prime Minister Set to Visit Atlanta 


barbados open windowsBarbados is keeping its doors open for foreign investors. Photo by Trevor Williams.

The prime minister of the island nation of Barbados is set to visit Atlanta in May for a major business and cultural festival that aims to recruit investors while solidifying ties with its diaspora. 

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is set to visit Atlanta. Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is set to visit Atlanta.

Freundel Stuart, along with top officials from various government agencies, will speak at the May 29-31 Barbados Comes to Atlanta celebration, the latest in a string of yearly festivals rotating among various cities. Maxine McClean, minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, is also set to visit.  

But this year is different from previous ones: Barbados in November will celebrate its 50th anniversary of independence from British rule. The island was an English colony for more than 300 years, padding the treasury of the monarchy with profits from the sugar trade.

Now, Barbados is looking to showcase its assets as an offshore business destination that can help companies enter other markets around the Caribbean and Latin America, and even in Africa. Barbados is the easternmost island in the Caribbean, and boosters say it’s kissed by the winds of West Africa across the Atlantic. Its population of nearly 300,000 is mostly descended from the continent.  

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Caribbean American Heritage Month  Press Release
Institute of Caribbean Studies Announces

To commemorate Caribbean American Heritage Month, the National Commemorative Committeeunder the leadership of the Institute of Caribbean Studies will honor volunteerism and entrepreneurship in the Caribbean American community.  On June 24th, 30 young emerging leaders of Caribbean heritage will be honored at the Inter-American Development Bank during "Ignite Caribbean," a celebration of youth entrepreneurship and social enterprise by Caribbean Americans.
The inaugural "30 under 30" award will honor 30 Caribbean Americans, age 30 and under, for their commitment and active engagement professionally academically, or personally. The Emerging Leader (EL) may be a Caribbean American Academic, Entrepreneur, Activist or Community Leader. In addition, the EL may be a student leader or member of a Caribbean Student Association whose work has contributed to making a measurable difference on a University/College campus in the USA or in their community. 
Send in your Nominations! 
Applications must be submitted by May 20th, 2016 and sent to
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DATE: June 24, 2016
LOCATION: The Inter-American Development Bank, 1300 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20577
CONTACT: Paula Fraser, Co-Chair, Next Gen Leaders: (202) 888-2854

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National Caribbean American Heritage Month Marks Tenth Anniversary in 2016
Caribbean American Heritage Month was established out of the need to create and disseminate knowledge about the contributions of Caribbean immigrants to America, and to be, in short, the platform for a dialogue between Caribbean peoples and the American public.

Join the conversation! #NCAHM2016 #30under30
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Life Needs the Caribbean Sea!

WASHINGTON,DC--- On June 8th,  the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS)will promote its public awareness campaign "Life Needs the Caribbean Sea"  with the third annual Caribbean SeaFan Festival Online as part of the celebration of UN World Oceans Day,  and in commemoration of June asNational Caribbean American Heritage Month. 

The Caribbean SeaFan Festival Online is a platform for creative collaboration across the Caribbean Sea Fan community (marine and maritime), and the foundation for possible partnerships for DIY distribution between environmental and social issue filmmakers.

As this year's UN theme, "Together We Have the Power to Protect the Ocean"implies, it will take a collective effort to protect the Caribbean Sea.
The event serves as a catalyst for educating the public on the importance of the Caribbean Sea, and an impetus for a more environmentally friendly marine literate culture.  

ICS Founder and President Dr. Claire Nelson has observed that "For most people, the Caribbean Sea is seen as a blue horizon of beauty, a stunning backdrop for beach photos and memorable moments, and the source of the escoveitched fish and curried conch we crave. While we enjoy and celebrate these uses, we want to increase knowledge about the life of the sea itself, and the life it supports for us --the human family."     
It's Global...It's Local!

The Festival will include an online broadcast of multi-media storytelling through video, film, interviews, roundtable dialogues and cultural performances.  Submit your request to participate as a performer or speaker or film maker or media partner to  by May 23rd.

The Festival will be streamed live through a partnership with ComeSee TV, the leading online TV production company in the Caribbean that has partnered with ICS on the campaign.

The Caribbean Environment Program of UNEP has endorsed the Caribbean SeaFan Festival and is serving as a Promotions Partner in the production of this year's event.   
June is National Caribbean American Heritage Month!  
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Date for release: March 28, 2016

GUYANESE CANADIANS returning home to celebrate our 50th Golden Jubilee

We are a group of five Guyanese-Canadian (Guyanese Canadians -50..) women who have enlisted the support of some of our fellow country people in Canada to travel to Guyana in May to celebrate the country’s 50th independence anniversary. We are Winifred Coddett, Janice McRae, Dessie Fanfair, Roxanne Marques and Sheryl Barry.

During our visit from May 24 to June 11, we will host three events that are aimed at forging bonds between Guyanese at home and in the Diaspora.

To celebrate our 50th Golden Jubilee, Guyanese-Canadians will be hosting a Flash Mob event, #GT50Flashmob2016 at 1pm in Georgetown Guyana. This is a social media, community driven event, please keep checking our facebook page and twitter for updates on promotions, venue etc.  As flash mobs go, the fun will last for 2 minutes and “den, party dun”.   Everyone is invited to come out and experience our Canadian hospitality. We will have FREE Canadian giveaways, including T-shirt’s.  Music  by DJ FLEXX. Check out you tube for the rehearsal video (FLASHMOB Guyana50)    (read more here) 




March 25, 2016

Anthony Hogrebe/Ian Fried, NYCEDC (212) 312-3523;

NYCEDC Announces Major Expansion of Initiatives to Support Minority and Women-Owned Firms

Collaboration with Citi Community Development and Interise Will Help M/W/DBE Firms Grow and Succeed

$10 Million Fund Will Provide Loans to Emerging Developers

ConstructNYC Provides Contractors with Direct Access to NYCEDC Contracts 

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today announced a suite of initiatives to support emerging developers and minority, women-owned and disadvantaged businesses enterprises (M/W/DBE) across all five boroughs.  The new programs include Next Level Bronx, a collaboration with Citi Community Development to provide an MBA-style program to M/W/DBE firms, helping them create three-year Strategic Growth Action PlansTM for long-term growth, the Emerging Developer Loan Fund, a $10 million fund to provide low-interest loans on New York City-based development projects, and ConstructNYC, a comprehensive program through which training and support will be offered to prequalified contractors who will have exclusive access to bid on specific NYCEDC construction-related contracts. The new initiatives seek to provide underserved emerging, minority or women owned firms with increased opportunities to help grow their businesses and create jobs in New York City. (read more)

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March 25, 2016

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On Monday, March 28th at 2 pm in City Hall Council Chambers, the New York City Council Committee on Immigration will be having its first-ever budget hearing. The Committee, with the facilitation of the Speaker’s Office Finance Team, will be conducting a comprehensive and holistic analysis of all City budget activity involving immigrant services, with relevant agencies, service providers, and community-based organizations all present in one room. Among those agencies who will present testimony are the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Human Resources Administration, the Department of Youth and Community Development, and City University of New York. This hearing aims to present the successes of immigrant programs in the City, while also highlighting the needs that have gone unaddressed over a period of years.
In the past, budgetary discussions about City immigrant services occurred among several large agencies and within a few different Council committees, leading to conversations that were fragmented, marginal, and limited. This historic decision to grant the Committee its own budget hearing will foster a more cohesive conversation about immigrant services and needs and, most importantly, will help develop better budgetary oversight of vital immigrant resources. (read more)





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