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THE

OF SUCCESS

ANNUAL AWARDS CELEBRATION

HARLEM BUSINESS ALLIANCE MAY 2, 2018


CELEBRATING 37 YEARS

HARLEM BUSINESS ALLIANCE WE BELIEVE LOCAL BUSINESSES CREATE BETTER COMMUNITIES. For 37 years, HBA has transformed small businesses into viable economic agents.We strive to inspire new ways of thinking about what’s possible for Harlem’s entrepreneurs.

1,200+

BUSINESSES SERVED

Successfully chaired the Economic Task Force that developed the formation of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (“UMEZ”).

SINCE 1980 HARLEM BUSINESS ALLIANCE HAS... PROVIDED

12,000+ SERVED

6,000+ FACILITATED

1,200+ DELIVERED

9,000+

175+

MEMBERS

Participated in a project sponsored by the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation to help local, small businesses become more technologically efficient.

LEADING THE WAY WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON BEING #1

hours of intensive business counseling 1-on-1 sessions

• THE LILLIAN PROJECT Harlem’s 1st Incubator for native-born African American Women

individuals with its programs & services

• DISRUPT HARLEM CODE SQUAD Harlem’s 1st S.T.E.M. and entrepreneurship program for young adults

cutting-edge workshops workshops to aspiring entrepreneurs

• CREATIVE WORKSPACE @HBA Harlem’s 1st shared coworking space • HARLEM EAT UP Sponsored 16 HBA businesses at the premiere Harlem festival

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BOARD & STAFF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kenneth Woods

La Fleur d’Harlem

Chairman Walter J. Edwards

Edward Myers, Esq.

Experience Harlem

CEO, Full Spectrum of NY, LLC

Secretary Adrianne C. Smith

President/CEO, Sylvia Woods, Inc. President, Myers, Smith & Granady Founding Member Emeritus

Founder, Managing Partner Vision Corps Media Group

EVENT CHAIR

Treasurer Mark A. Samuel

Founder, Managing Partner Vision Corps Media Group

Owner, Samuel Realty, LLC

Adrianne C. Smith

1st Vice Chair Larry Dais

HBA TEAM

2nd Vice Chair George Weldon, Jr.

Philomena Boateng

Arbitrator

General Manager George H. Weldon Funeral Home

BOARD MEMBERS Jason Benta

CEO, Benta’s Funeral Home, Inc.

Lloyd Douglas

President, Lloyd Douglas Consulting Co.

Tyren Eastmond

Regina L. Smith

Executive Director Program Director Disrupt Harlem Code Squad

Gina B. Ramcharan Idea Manufacturer Program Director The Lillian Project

Makonnen Jackman Community Manager Creative Workspace

SPECIAL THANKS

Vice President, A.L. Eastmond & Company

Bill Perkins

Russell Grey

Inez E. Dickens

New York City Council

Partner, Edwards Sisters Realty Associates

New York State Assembly

Michael Hatchett

Partner, Vandenberg & Feliu, LLP

Black Cat Design blackcatdesign.biz

Dimitri Naylor

Karen Taylor Bass

Vice President, Webb & Brooker Inc.

Taylor Made Media taylormademediapr.com

MC Wilder

Daryl Holman

Supply Chain, Operations & Project Management Professional

lafleurnyc.com

experienceharlem.com

Idea Manufacturer

Ideamanufacturer.com

Mere Viola’s

facebook.com/MereViolas

Picture That

picturethatnyc.com

MIST HARLEM mistharlem.com

PRINTECH

printechny.com

IN KIND Barefoot Wine & Bubbly barefootwine.com

Harlem Brewery

harlembrewing.com

Kaiso

kaisococktail.com

WB Mason

wbmason.com

Whole Foods Market Harlem wholefoodsmarket.com

DJ Jon Quick

mydjisasuperhero.com

Shandel Pitts

justdaryl.com

Aixa Kendrick

aixakendrick.com

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WELCOME WALTER J. EDWARDS CHAIRMAN

Welcome to the Harlem Business Alliance Awards Celebration. I have been fortunate enough to witness many of the creative contributions of African Americans that have left an indelible mark on this community. That mark has made Harlem, HARLEM. Echoes of the Harlem Renaissance still thread throughout the fabric of our country. We have owned and managed the Apollo Theater, not to mention filling the stage with song and dance we created. Today there are “restaurant rows” in Harlem, but it was the aromas of recipes of the diaspora that led the uptown restaurant revolution from Sylvia’s to the Jamaican Hot Pot. There are so many examples I could continue to write and fill this journal. Today as we pass the Harriet Tubman statue on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, by African American sculptor Alison Saar, we are reminded we have the freedom to create. As a property developer, I used my creativity to leave my mark with buildings. Those that I developed in Harlem stand tall and are reflective, not of Neo-Classical or Victorian style, but the African heritage that runs through my veins. I challenge you to think about how you can tap into your creative talent and to ponder how you will leave your mark. Enjoy the evening.

REGINA L. SMITH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Tonight, we celebrate the Art of Success! The results of a study stated our creativity severely decreases with age. As children, we do not fully understand boundaries and feel free to create. On the adult side of life, we find ourselves holding back, either by boundaries placed on us or ones we impose on ourselves. At the Harlem Business Alliance, we work hard to change the statistics. Although we drive our clients toward financial profit, we recognize the engine behind the success of our clients is the unburdened spirit of ingenuity, imagination, and creativity. Our client roster is a cross-section of where “the Art of…” meets commerce. We illustrate the business models for foodies, actors, inventors, designers, artists and more. My team is great at providing the canvas to allow our clients to color in their entrepreneurial dreams. As a result, you can feed your soul at Belle, Harlem’s first micro restaurant; sport an original textile print from Ruth Nathan’s; or light up your life with a witty candle from The 125 Collection. They are a tiny sample of the talent we foster. Tonight, I hope you are inspired to not only dream in color but take the risk of coloring outside of the lines. 4

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SPONSORS TRAILBLAZER

DISRUPTOR

WINE

COCKTAIL RECEPTION

DESSERT AU REVOIR

Thank you to our extraordinary sponsors for their support of the transformative work we do for the Harlem community and beyond. H B A 3 7 T H A N N I V E R S A RY AWA R D S C E L E B R AT I O N | T H E A RT O F S U C C E S S

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PROGRAM COCKTAIL RECEPTION DINNER WELCOME WALTER J. EDWARDS Chairman Harlem Business Alliance

REGINA L. SMITH Executive Director Harlem Business Alliance

ADRIANNE C. SMITH Event Chair Harlem Business Alliance

AWARDS PRESENTATION SEAN “DIDDY” COMBS

Chairman’s Award

ERICKA PITTMAN

Business Person of the Year

ROBIN WILLIAMS

Entrepreneur of the Year

KAREN HUNTER

Percy E. Sutton Award

VY HIGGINSEN

Community Service Award

DESSERT AU REVOIR

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ADRIANNE SMITH

EVENT CHAIRPERSON

As African American corporate leaders and entrepreneurs, we have shown countless times that we are more than capable of creating wonders in the most difficult times and circumstances. We continue to create opportunities that have universal appeal and the world continues to watch and follow our lead. Whatever the domain we dwell, we excel. We are creators, therefore, we are artists.

WELCOME

Tonight we celebrate the magic and artistry of all that we do to enhance others in every aspect of their lives. We are masters at making miracles with manna! Manna Maker

WELCOME TO THE HARLEM BUSINESS ALLIANCE’S 37TH ANNUAL AWARDS CELEBRATION.

Adrianne C. Smith Harlem Business Alliance Board of Directors

Success is in our DNA. Many of us know this to be a fact, but only a few of us take the bold steps to share our gifts with the world. This year’s event is dedicated to those who have dared to dream larger and exceed their own goals, forever moving the high bar of personal expectations. In the age of social media, our honorees embody some of the most used meme themes. They are BadAss Boss Ladies that proclaimed Mama I Want to Sing, Dance Like I Mean It and I Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Writing because it is the Painting of my Voice. Our honorees buck Malcolm Gladwell’s theory that it takes 10,000 focused hours of practice to become a success. For them, success is more than a matter of practice. Success is innovation, creativity and thought leadership.

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SEAN “DIDDY” COMBS

CHAIRMAN’S AWARD

COMBS ENTERPRISES

Most recently named one of the ‘One Hundred Greatest Business Minds’ of the century by Forbes Magazine, putting him among the ranks of people like Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Oprah and others, Sean “Diddy” Combs aka Puff Daddy is the definition of a mogul. Starting his career as the director of A&R at Uptown Records, he was integral in launching the careers of Mary J. Blige and Jodeci, and later founded his own label, Bad Boy Records, which has fostered talent that includes Mariah Carey, Method Man, Boyz II Men, Lil’ Kim and more. Combs’ solo music career began in 1997 with his first single, “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down,” which shot to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, quickly followed by a No. 1 debut album that has gone Platinum seven times. Over the course of his career, he has earned three Grammy Awards and ASCAP’s Songwriter of the Year honor. Combs also has become an established actor and executive producer in both film and television. He starred in the 2008 telefilm “A Raisin in 8

the Sun,” for which he won an NAACP Award for Best Actor; he was an executive producer and featured personality on the 2002 unscripted music series “Making the Band 2”; and he executive-produced the Academy Award-winning documentary “Undefeated” and the Academy Award-nominated “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” Most recently, Combs joined forces with FOX to premiere a new music competition series entitled “The Four: Battle for Stardom,” which became the season’s No. 1 most social new television show, prompting the network to renew the series for its second season. Combs continues to apply the same drive and entrepreneurial spirit to his philanthropic work and political activism, most recently opening the Capital Prep Charter School in Harlem, advocating his lifelong commitment to supporting education and empowering future leaders. That same year, he pledged $1 million to the School of Business at Howard University, establishing The Sean Combs Scholarship Fund to shape a new generation of entrepreneurial leaders. He has supported organizations including the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), the Boys & Girls Club, and others that create opportunities for young people. He also has served on the board of the Hip Hop Action Network and rallied millions of young people to register to vote during the 2008 election, through his Vote or Die project. He raised more than $2 million for New York City public schools and children suffering from HIV and AIDS by competing in the New York City Marathon.

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ERICKA PITTMAN

BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR

Flame Agency, overseeing brand strategy for all agency campaigns. She served as Vice President of Blue Flame, and Vice President of New Business for Combs Wine & Spirits. Ericka had previously spent 15 years working in interactive and publishing media, holding positions at iVillage.com; Honey, Heart & Soul, and Savoy Magazine (Vanguard Media Group); Baby Talk Magazine (Time Inc.); Glamour Magazine (Condé Nast); Vibe & Vixen Magazines (Vibe Media Group); and GIANT Magazine (Radio One Inc).

AQUAHYDRATE

As Chief Marketing Officer of AQUAhydrate, Ericka Pittman spearheads and oversees the company’s marketing and sales functions, while also developing and implementing the marketing strategy to meet revenue and profit goals. She brings more than 20 years of marketing experience to the organization, having produced successful strategic, brand building campaigns for some of the country’s largest media and consumer brands. Prior to joining AQUAhydrate, Ericka was the Vice President of the Chairman¹s Office at Combs Enterprises, where she was responsible for developing and streamlining business process and communication across all executive divisions. She was appointed by Mr. Combs to lead the company’s Los Angeles office and served as an ambassador to business partners and the community on behalf of the Chairman and other company leadership.

She currently serves as a member of number of organizations including WEEN. (Women In Entertainment Empowerment Network), National Association of Professional Women and Advertising Women of New York. She also lends her time and energy to a number of causes and other organizations, including Dress for Success and NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship). Ericka holds a Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communications from Baruch College. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, she now resides in Los Angeles, CA.

Ericka joined Combs Enterprises in 2009 as Vice President of Brand Strategy at The Blue

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ROBIN WILLIAMS

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

wife of George Balanchine, Clifford Fears and Talley Beatty from Katherine Dunham Company, Ilya Gaft from the Kirov Academy. She also studied with Patricia Wilde, Nancy Shaffenburg (Ballet Russe),Vicky Simon and, Willie Burman (New York City Ballet) Elena Kunikova (Top Russian Choreographer from Vaganova school, and David Howard (World’s Top Ballet teacher). In 2015 she was one of only 5 individuals in the USA selected to be a Fellow at the School of American Ballet.

UPTOWN DANCE ACADEMY

Robin Williams started dancing at the age of 4 and hasn’t stopped dancing yet.. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Ms. Williams is recognized as one of New York’s highly respected choreographers and dance training principals. She is credited for exposing classical dance to school children in the Harlem area. Performing abroad and throughout the United States, Ms. Williams was a principal dancer with Dancer Theatre of Harlem’s Ensemble, Gallman’s Dance Theatre, Nanette Bearden’s Contemporary Dance Theatre, and Ballet Long Island. Her most rewarding performance to date, however, is fulfilling the dreams of young people everyday at the Uptown Dance Academy which she founded in May 1996. Ms Williams has Certifications with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy of Russia, Horton Technique from Alvin Ailey, Acrobatic Arts, and is an American Ballet Theater certified Project Plie American Ballet Theater Certified Partner Teacher. She is NYC’s most diversified African American classical ballet teacher having studied with Tanaquil Leclerc,

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Ms. Williams’ teaching career began to flourish as instructor for the Harlem School of Arts, Bernice Johnson’s, Ruth Williams, Charles Moore Dance Theatre, Mind Builders and Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. Realizing that young dancers, especially minorities, needed more than the principals of dance to survive in the world of the arts, she formed the Uptown Dance Academy in 1996. Since opening its doors, Ms. Williams and her staff are dedicated to assisting urban youth as they embark on careers in dance and the arts, giving advice on additional education and dance training skill development. In 2011 the Academy was awarded a grant in the amount of $250,000 from the artist Prince recommended by ABT African-American soloist Misty Copeland. Her students have been accepted in Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Laguardia, Professional Performing Arts School, Julliard, American Ballet Theater, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Dance Theater of Harlem and the Lion King.

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KAREN HUNTER

PERCY E. SUTTON AWARD

Karen Hunter is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, professor, publisher and one of the “100 Heavy Hitters in Talk Radio,” according to Talkers Mag. She is co-author of eight New York Times bestsellers and publisher (under her eponymous imprint at Simon & Schuster) of bestsellers with Janet Jackson, Kris Jenner and E. Lynn Harris.

SIRIUS & KAREN HUNTER PUBLISHING

At SiriusXM, Karen hosts a daily show from 3-6 p.m. ET, which she describes as an “action show.” Her call for the removal of the Confederate flag from the statehouse in South Carolina in 2015, garnered more than 577,000 signatures on a petition in just three days and led to the flag coming down. In 2017, Karen was named head of programming for Urban View at SiriusXM, where she launched two weekday shows and six shows on Sunday. Karen is a New Jersey native, a Drew University graduate, and also a full-time professor and Distinguished Lecturer in the Film & Media Department at Hunter College.

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VY HIGGINSEN

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

Vy Higginsen, noted author, playwright, radio and TV personality, has garnered an excellent reputation and won many awards for providing excellent products and services to African-American audiences. After a decade of being behind the microphone and on major New York stations (WBLS-FM, WWRL-AM, WRKS-FM), Vy published and edited “Unique NY,” a lifestyles magazine designed for African-Americans and tourists. 

MAMA FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS

In 1983, Vy co-wrote, produced and directed the classic black Gospel musical “Mama I Want To Sing!,” which ran for eight years and 2,200 performances at the OffBroadway Heckscher Theater in East Harlem.  In March 1986, “Mama” began a national tour of the USA, playing two consecutive years throughout major cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles/ San Francisco, Philadelphia and Washington.  International tours include Austria, Japan, Germany, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, and Yugoslavia. Mama also played for six months on the West End of London. In March 1988, Vy co-produced “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” by August Wilson on Broadway. In 2002, Vy was ordained as an Interfaith Minister. Led by her passion for the sounds and music she grew up hearing, Vy conceived and created Alive! which documents the sounds, music, and stories of our black American musical landscape. Vy continues to write and produce original work as the executive director of the Emmy Award-winning Mama Foundation for the Arts in Harlem, New York.     

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SUPPORTS Harlem Business Alliance’s

The Art of Success

Annual Awards Celebration

and its Honorees Sean “Diddy” Combs Vy Higginsen Ericka Pittman Karen Hunter Robin Williams Harlem CDC is a Subsidiary of Empire State Development Visit us at www.harlemcdc.org


Community impact, one neighbor at a time.

CNB Cares At City National Bank we strive to make a social difference through urban development initiatives that help build thriving economies and increase the value of our communities. We are committed to provide individuals, small businesses, non-profits, faith-based organizations and community partnerships with the financial resources and financial education required to strengthen and revitalize our neighborhoods.

Building Strong Communities For A Better Tomorrow

www.cnbcares.com facebook.com/cnbcares twitter.com/cnbcares


SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

THE MTA SMALL BUSINESS MENTORING PROGRAM

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THE MTA SMALL BUSINESS FEDERAL PROGRAM

THE NATION’S FIRST REGIONAL SMALL BUSINESS MENTORING PROGRAM

ARE YOU TIRED OF BEING A SUBCONTRACTOR? PRIME CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS UP TO $3 MILLION |

SMALL BUSINESS LOANS UP TO $900,000

Joseph J. Lhota Chairman, MTA

If you’re a certified Minority, Women, Disadvantaged, or Small Business Enterprise (MWDSBE) who wants to become a prime construction contractor in New York’s lucrative transportation market, join the elite team at the MTA. Enroll in the award-winning MTA Small Business Development Program, which includes the MTA Small Business Mentoring Program and the MTA Small Business Federal Program. Contracts - Prime Construction Bidding Opportunities up to $3 Million Access to Capital - Small Business Loans up to $900,000 Per Contract Bonding - Access to Surety Bonding Assistance Training - Free Classroom Construction Training Technical Assistance - MTA Expert Technical Assistance Mentoring - One-on-One Professional Development Free Business Plan Development Back Office Support WHO CAN APPLY

Patrick Foye President, MTA

Veronique Hakim Managing Director, MTA

John J. Molloy Board Member; Chair, Diversity Committee, MTA

NEXT STEPS

NYS MWBEs

Visit web.mta.info/sbdp to select the

DBEs Small Businesses SDVOBs

program in which you are interested and download the application. You can also call 212.878.7161 for more information.

MTA Department of Diversity and Civil Rights www.mta.info

Michael J. Garner, MBA Chief Diversity Officer, MTA

COMMITTEE MEMBERS Honorable David Jones Honorable Susan G. Metzger, Ph.D. Honorable Peter Ward Honorable Neal Zuckerman


Edward Sisters Realty

Congratulates

the Honorees and

Celebrates

the 2 women who founded Edward Sisters realty:

Lucille Chance, attorney at law and Sarah Grey, Real estate broker

Edwards Sisters Realty Associates Maurice E. Grey, Ramona Grey-Harris Maurice Russell Grey and Aden Seraile

740 St. Nicholas Ave. 2nd Fl.New York NY 10031• (212) 926-7200


Congrats to the 2018 Honorees


ABOUT US Since its founding in 1980, the Harlem Business Alliance (HBA) has been a force of advocacy for the development and empowerment of Harlem’s small business community. We believe local businesses create better communities. HBA offers complimentary one-on-one counseling services to entrepreneurs maneuvering through the start-up phase and to established small business owners. Our hands-on technical assistance provides guidance in developing business and marketing plans; connecting clients with financing alternatives and assisting with various aspects of starting and operating a successful business. During our 36 year history, HBA has helped more than 10,000 individuals with its programs and services, provided intensive business counseling to more than 2,000 entrepreneurs and delivered over 1,200 cutting-edge workshops to 9,000 aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners.

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