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After years of unparalleled service as HBA’s Financial Director, Lisa S. Jones, has moved on. Ms. Jones has been an integral part of HBA for over 10 years. We would like to thank her for years of service and dedication to HBA and the Harlem community.
HBA would like to introduce Brenda Buksha our new fiscal director. Ms. Buksha previously worked for Lacoste and De Beers. We are happy to have her on the team.
We also welcome two new members to HBA’s Board of Directors, Adrianne C. Smith, AdHere Network and Mark A. Samuel, Samuel Realty. Adrianne is the Managing Partner of the AdHere Network an affinity/relationship marketing and video production firm. Mark A. Samuel is the sole proprietor of Samuel Realty, LLC, a full service real estate brokerage and property management company based in Harlem, New York.
We look forward to working with our new financial director and board members to continue to providing the Harlem community with excellent business development services.
Visit www.nyc.gov/getcertified and download an M/WBE certification application. If you need assistance with completing the application, the Harlem Business Alliance offers free classes or individual sessions.
For one-on-one assistance with the certification process, please contact Jules Webster at 212.665.7010 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment with a certification specialist.
In 2012, HBA began it’s Back Office Support Initiative (BOSI) to to address the needs and long-term sustainability of small growth potential entrepreneurs. This March, we opened of one of the key components of this initiative, the Small Business Support Center (SBSC). With this new expansion HBA will provide professionally designed and managed back office and business management support, using a “training while doing” approach, to firms and entrepreneurs that have a vision to succeed, the ambition to try, and the need for hands-on assistance.
SBSC Services include hands on bookkeeping, payroll, and budgeting assistance, smart taxation and insurance advice, strategic planning and realistic goal setting, learn more.
HBA is also offering affordable co-working space:
For those who did not receive an invitation and wish attend next year’s meeting please contact our office at (212) 665-7010 regarding membership.
The Harlem Business Alliance (HBA) is proud to announce the winner of its Fifth Annual Business Plan Competition.
Limation! is a natural fruit juice made with freshly squeezed limes. Ms. DaCosta began her company through a desire to drink limeade that tasted just as good as the ones she had as a child, in Jamaica. The drink has three flavors: Original, Passion fruit and Lavender. Ms. DaCosta plans to start selling the drink in health stores and supermarket chains.
Regina L. Smith, HBA’s Executive Director said, ”Our finalists gave informed presentations and selecting a winner was a difficult decision.Charmaine DaCosta’s product is tasty and has great potential for growth. We plan to continue to assist both her and all the entrants with their business endeavors.”
The competition’s participants are required to meet the following requirements; be at least 18 years old and a legal resident or U.S. citizen; live in Upper Manhattan and have an interest in establishing a for-profit start up business in Harlem; or be an owner of an operating for-profit business located in Upper Manhattan with maximum annual gross revenues of $500,000. This competition provides the grand prize winner with $5,000.
If you are interested in receiving one-on-one assistance with your business plan, please call HBA’s office at 212.665.7010 or email email@example.com.
Congratulations again to our winner Charmaine DaCosta!