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LIAACC launches 1st in Series of Minority Business Certification Workshops (MWBEs)

Workshop Instructor Charlene Thompson of Baldwin Based Thompson Economic Development Service

Workshop Instructor Charlene Thompson of Baldwin Based Thompson Economic Development Service

On July 26, 2014 the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. launched its first in a series of Minority Business Certification Workshops at the Baldwin Public Library.  The Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. has embarked on a campaign to increase the number of members certified as minority business owners in alignment with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s recent commitment to provide 20% of contracts to minority owned firms in New York State.   It is the chamber’s goal to increase the number of Certified Minority Business Owners in its member network throughout the counties it serves. The chamber will be conducting a series of ongoing  workshops geared towards increasing the number of certified business owners in its members network and will be working to attract additional members to the chamber of commerce that have a desire to be certified as minority business owners.

Charlene Thompson of Baldwin-based Thompson Economic Development Services stated in Newsday “We want our professional services as well as our trades to be aware of the contracting opportunities”. We want to give business owners the skills and capacity to successfully engage in government contracting on the local stage and national levels, so they can not only sustain themselves and the employees, but hire folks and create jobs.”

“We are going to be the voice of businesses in the African American community that leads the charge to train businesses to become certified.”  Phil Andrews, President, Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce

Currently there are 7,296 certified MWBE firms in New York State, of which 893 are on Long Island.  Alphonso Davis, the Governor’s deputy secretary for civil rights that Governor Coumo is seeking to add 2,000 more MWBE firms statewide.

The current series on workshops consist of collaboration between the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc., Nassau County Department of Minority Affairs, and the Roosevelt Community Revitalization Group.

Sharon Davis,   President and CEO of Freeport -based firm SJ Edwards, Inc. which provides employee benefits services stated in Newsday “The certification process is really cumbersome, but you have to be in it to win it.”  Sharon Davis received MWBE certification in 2013.

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New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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