WE BELIEVE LOCAL BUSINESSES CREATE BETTER COMMUNITIES. For 38 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.
Successfully chaired the Economic Task Force that developed the formation of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (“UMEZ”). Participated in a project sponsored by the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation to help local, small businesses become more technologically efficient.
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LEADING THE WAY WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON BEING
• GREEN REVOLUTION Cannabis Entrepreneurship in Harlem • THE LILLIAN PROJECT Harlem’s 1st Incubator for nativeborn African American Women • DISRUPT HARLEM CODE SQUAD Harlem’s 1st S.T.E.M. and entrepreneurship program for young adults • CREATIVE WORKSPACE @HBA Harlem’s 1st shared coworking space • HARLEM EAT UP Sponsored over 50 HBA businesses at the premiere Harlem food festival
Welcome WA LT E R J .
EDWARDS CHAIRMAN HARLEM BUSINESS ALLIANCE Someone recently asked me to define Black Ambition. I believe all African Americans embody Black Ambition as a birthright. We are all a testament to someoneâ€™s will to survive, and this holds special meaning to those of us who are descendants of the Middle Passage. Black Ambition is not only those historical triumphs we celebrate, but it is the parent that works two jobs to provide for their children, it is the teacher that adds our historical context to the curriculum, it is the hair braider that creates a geometry lesson on your head and the chef who understands our seasoning. Black Ambition is a part of our DNA, and we bring it to light from the smallest wins to having the ability to return a cultural icon like Essence Magazine to black-ownership.
I hope my contributions are a testament to what it means to embody Black Ambition and I also want to serve as an example that Black Ambition has no age limit. Now I invite you to ask yourself, what does it mean to you and how do you embody Black Ambition? Please join me in congratulating these outstanding women tonight and thank you for joining us.
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Welcome REGINA L.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HARLEM BUSINESS ALLIANCE As a native Harlemite, I grew up with a front row seat to Black Ambition, Activism, and Genius. Black people have always known how to make America great and possessed the drive and creativity that exploded throughout the streets of Harlem. The spirit of Harlem ignited blackowned businesses, many of which are legacy businesses, now managed by a third generation. That same energy took women like Sylvia Rhone and Ursula Burns from the Number 2 train to the C-Suite. The influence of our activists and politicians expanded from local to global recognition. From Alvin Ailey to Teyana Taylor, Harlem also laid claim to the arts, all fueled by Black Ambition.
that continues to springboard off the energy of past generations. Today HBAâ€™s clients own businesses on the streets of Harlem and beyond, as well as sell their products at Whole Foods. You can shop with them 24 hours a day online, check your mental health, secure business services or catch one of their movies. The business models and inventions of our clients span diverse industries such as food and technology.
As the Executive Director of the Harlem Business Alliance with the support of my board, staff, and team of professionals, we have nurtured Black Ambition. We have the matches and the fuel to continue to ignite it. Our clients are the embodiment of tonightâ€™s theme, and the beauty of comparing them to the Black entrepreneurs of my childhood is witnessing the drive
We desire to keep fueling Black Ambition at the highest level. I ask that you share the work of HBA to boost donations and assistance. Your continued support is appreciated. Thank you for joining us this evening. Congratulations to our 2019 Honorees who serve as inspiration for all of us.
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Board & Staff BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chairman WALTER J. EDWARDS
ADRIANNE C. SMITH
CEO, Full Spectrum of NY, LLC
Secretary ADRIANNE C. SMITH
Founder, Managing Partner Cannes Can: Diversity Collective
YASMEEN HAYES EXPERIENCE HARLEM
Founder, Managing Partner Cannes Can: Diversity Collective
REGINA L. SMITH
Treasurer MARK A. SAMUEL
1st Vice Chair LARRY DAIS
GINA B. RAMCHARAN
Owner, Samuel Realty, LLC
2nd Vice Chair GEORGE WELDON, JR. General Manager George H. Weldon Funeral Home
BOARD MEMBERS JASON BENTA
Program Director Harlem Business Alliance Disrupt Harlem Code Squad
MARCUS SAMUELSSON GROUP
MAKONNEN JACKMAN Asst. Community Manager
Supply Chain, Operations & Project Management Professional
New York City Council
INEZ E. DICKENS
New York State Assembly
SHANDEL PITTS Black Cat Design blackcatdesign.biz
KAREN TAYLOR BASS TaylorMade Media taylormademediapr.com
President/CEO Sylvia Woods, Inc.
EDWARD MYERS, ESQ.
President, Myers, Smith & Granady Founding Member Emeritus
Partner, Edwards Sisters Realty Associates
Chief Idea Curator Idea Manufacturer Program Director The Lillian Project
CEO, Bentaâ€™s Funeral Home, Inc. President, Lloyd Douglas Consulting Co.
ASHLEY CAMPBELL AMANTINA SOSA NAIMA BECKLES
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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 Dionne Warwick - Chairmanâ€™s Award Audrey Smaltz - Business Person of the Year Brandice Daniel - Entrepreneur of the Year Sandra Bookman - Percy E. Sutton Award Letitia James - Government Service Award April Reign - Woman of Action Award Rachel Noerdlinger - Community Service Award Chanda Macias - STEAM Award
DESSERT AU REVOIR
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Welcome ADRIANNE C.
Welcome to the Harlem Business Alliance's 38th Annual Awards Celebration. I’VE ALWAYS BEEN AMBITIOUS! When I was seven (7) years old my oldest brother brought home his freshman yearbook from Morehouse College. As I thumbed through the pages, I saw an 8 X 10 colored glossy photograph of a woman with the title Miss Maroon and White. I told my brother, “I want my picture in the this book. I want to be her!” He replied, matter of factly, the only way to have your picture in this book is you must attend Spelman College! I said, Okay. Thirteen years later, my picture was in the book! Walter H. Cottingham once said, “Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. You can never sour in the heights above, but must walk like a weakling, unnoticed, with the crowds below.” Ambition is the part of your DNA that kicks in and puts your energy into
overdrive. It is that something that dwells in the essence of your being, that will make you go behind enemy lines to bring others forward to freedom like Harriet Tubman did not so many years ago. She was brave. She was Ambitious. Tonight the Harlem Business Alliance (HBA) is proud to celebrate some Ambitious women. Women who have dared to claim their space in their respective areas of business. Women who have dared to blend their intelligence, innate talents and Ambition to become leaders and irrefutable forces of our time and beyond. Their Ambition is contagious and will inspire you to dream bigger, take the lead and make a difference! Ambitiously Yours, Adrianne C. Smith Harlem Business Alliance
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WARWICK CHAIRMAN’S AWARD
One of the most extraordinary examples of staying power the music industry has ever known, five-time Grammy Award-winning music legend, Dionne Warwick continues to regale audiences internationally. From the early 1960’s on, her iconic sound set the bar in American pop music by earning more than 60 charted hit songs and selling over 100 million records. As an entrepreneur, her signature merchandise includes musical greeting "Doozy Cards" and an original fragrance line, “Dionne” which embodies the class and elegance for which she is renowned. Her classic style has its own signature acclaim, and a testament to its staying power is on display alongside Whitney Houston's at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, preserving their iconic gowns for all-time. The East Orange, New Jersey native has received many honors starting in her home state, from proclamations
to the naming of The Dionne Warwick Institute in recognition of her support of education. She has done more than entertain the world; as a humanitarian, she has advocated for global wellbeing through such efforts as AIDS awareness, The Starlight Foundation, children's hospitals, and music education. Ms. Warwick notably served as U.S. Ambassador of Health, appointed in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan, and in 2002 acted as a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization. Her activism on behalf of the community continues with her speaking before Congress on music rights, and joining The Washington Post alongside the country's top health officials, practitioners, and advocates for a discussion on HIV/AIDS.
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Audrey “I was born, bred, toasted, buttered jellied, jammed and honeyed in Harlem.”
SMALTZ BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR
A proud New York native, Smaltz was born in 1937 and grew up in the Harlem River Houses, a promising urban enclave that was also the childhood residence of the prominent Psychiatrist, Dr. Alvin Poussaint and the Civil Rights Leader, Robert Parris Moses. After attending the Harriet Beecher Stowe Girls Junior High School, Smaltz entered NYC’s High School of Music and Art. At age 15, she was offered her first modeling job with the then – NY Giants, as one of Willie Mays “Say Hey” Kids. She was booked by the late Ophelia DeVore of the Grace Del Marco Modeling Agency. She later earned her BA in Art from City College of New York. She continued to pursue her career as a model and fashion commentator. Smaltz began to find her true footing in the fashion world when she was hired as a model and sales person at Bloomingdales in 1962, and two years later became a fashion coordinator. In 1965, she accepted a position with Lane Bryant Tall Gals, working as a Fit Model, Buyer and Fashion Coordinator. In 1970 Smaltz was hired as the commentator for the Ebony Fashion Fair. Her exquisite style, irresistible charm, and down-to-earth humor made her an instant hit on the fashion show circuit. Furthermore, Smaltz had keen eye for
clothes, something she honed on her trips to Europe with Fashion Fair’s Producer, Director Mrs. Eunice Johnson. She also had a knack for turning adversity into opportunity. As Ebony Magazine’s Fashion Editor, she was often stuck in the bad seats or offered no seat at all, at the European fashion shows. Undaunted, she went backstage to inspect the clothes and seeing the chaos behind the scenes, she recognized an immediate need in the fashion industry. In 1977 she started the Ground Crew®, a management team that handles every detail of backstage operations, including dressing the models to perfection. Since its first show in 1982, The Ground Crew has worked for some of fashion’s top designers, including: Dior, YSL, Ferragamo, Giorgio Armani, Jason Wu, Donna Karan, Victoria’s Secret, Michael Kors, Stephen Burrows and Vera Wang. Celebrities such as Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Jackie Joyner Kersey and Bryshere Y. Grey have also enlisted the Ground Crew talents.
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DANIEL ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Brandice Daniel is the CEO and Founder of Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR). HFR was founded in 2007 with the main focus being to provide a voice for multicultural designers; through a creative platform that enables these designers to sell and present their collections to key leaders within the fashion industry. Harlem’s Fashion Rowhas presented the collections of over 50 multicultural designers. In September 2018 during NYFW, HFR soared to new heights and collaborated with Nike and Lebron James on the HFRxLB16 shoe, the first Lebron sneaker designed by and for women. Brandice has been featured in Vogue, GQ, NY Mag, Adweek, Paper Magazine, New York Times, Forbes, TeenVogue, Ebony. com, Essence.com, New York Post, BET, and the CFDA’s website for her efforts of increasing visibility for designers of color in fashion. Through her diligent work efforts, HFR has had many successful brand partnerships, including Nike, TRESemme, OWN, ESSENCE, Prudential, Target, Marriott International, Smartwater, Coca Cola, Dark & Lovely, and Shea Moisture. She has received support from the CFDA, BRAG, and IMG. Brandice penned a new book last year entitled Sponsored, where she shares her secrets for achieving these partnerships. While building HFR from a simple idea
into a full-fledged business, Brandice had to jump several cliffs and learned many rewarding lessons about the fulfillment that comes from walking into the unknown. She is committed to sharing these lessons and providing others with the tools they need to take great business risks or “cliff jumps” through one on one coaching and classes. Sheserves as co-host and co-founder of The Great Girlfriends Show, a podcast conversation series created to connect women with daily tips and solutions for living a passionate everyday life and building thriving businesses. Serving up conversations that matter to women, this sensational podcast ranges in topics from starting a thrilling business to forgiving friends, to building an amazing love life and MORE, and can be found at www. thegreatgirlfriends.com, or on iTunes, Stitcher, and Blubrry under The Great Girlfriends. Brandiceis an Entrepreneur, Author, Wife and Mother.
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BOOKMAN PERCY E. SUTTON AWARD
Sandra joined Eyewitness News in 1998 as a reporter and shortly after was named as a weekend anchor of Eyewitness News. Previously, she worked at WSB-TV in Atlanta, another dominant ABC affiliate, where she worked for nine years and served as the weekend anchor. Prior to WSB-TV, she worked as a weekend anchor at both WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina and KFDM-TV in Beaumont, Texas. Sandra served as an Olympic Reporter for seven years. She was the only local TV reporter to cover the games from before Atlanta won the bid, until the Olympic bombing in 1996. Sandra covered the â€˜92 games in Barcelona, Spain as well.
South Africa following the release of Nelson Mandela from a South African prison in 1990. Sandra has been honored with three local Emmyâ€™s including statues for her Olympic coverage and reporting in the aftermath of the fatal Valuejet Airlines crash in the Everglades. She graduated from the University of Texas with a B.A. in journalism.
She has also reported internationally, including a series of reports from
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JAMES GOVERNMENT SERVICE AWARD
Letitia “Tish” James is the 67th Attorney General for the State of New York. With decades of work, she is an experienced attorney and public servant with a long record of accomplishments. She is the first woman of color to hold statewide office in New York and the first woman to be elected Attorney General. In 2013, Ms. James was elected Public Advocate for the City of New York and became the first woman of color to hold citywide office. As Public Advocate, Ms. James served as a watchdog over New York City government agencies and as an advocate for the City’s most vulnerable communities. She transformed the Public Advocate’s office to be a formidable engine for change. Prior to serving as Public Advocate, Tish James represented the 35th Council District in Brooklyn in the New York City Council for ten years. As a Council Member, she passed the Safe Housing Act, legislation that forced landlords to improve living conditions for tenants in New York City’s worst buildings. She helped uncover the corruption behind the Office of Payroll Administration’s CityTime contract, a scheme that cost New York City over $600 million. She also pushed through a revolutionary recycling package that included
expanding plastic recycling, a new clothing and textile recycling program, and increased access to recycling in public spaces. Before her election to the City Council, Tish James served as head of the Brooklyn Regional Office of the New York State Attorney General’s Office. She resolved hundreds of consumer complaints and investigated predatory lenders who preyed on first-time homebuyers. She assisted the Civil Rights Bureau in its investigation of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy and cracked down on firms engaged in deceptive business practices including violations of human rights, environmental laws, and scams targeting immigrants. Tish James began her career as a public defender at the Legal Aid Society. A proud Brooklynite, she is a graduate of Lehman College and Howard University School of Law.
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REIGN WOMAN OF ACTION AWARD
April Reign practiced law for nearly twenty years, honing her talent for public speaking, persuasive writing and effecting policy change, but it wasnâ€™t until she walked away from her legal practice that she found her true passion. As the creator of the viral hashtagturned-movement, #OscarsSoWhite, April has been challenging the lack of representation of marginalized communities in Hollywood and beyond since 2015. Reign sustains a movement that has resulted in the most permanent systemic change ever seen in the over 80-year history of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her name continues to be synonymous with this historic change, the results of which are reverberating throughout the entertainment industry and will do so for decades to come. Reign is an influential and soughtafter media presence, having built an impressive global organic social media following over several platforms,
as well as a network of recognized celebrities, creators, activists, and decision makers at the corporate level. Reign capitalizes on this network and her experience, using her voice to spark conversations and explore issues of race, politics and culture, helping structure ways to turn dialogue into action. April Reign travels internationally, speaking at academic institutions and conferences; is available for appearances at industry awards, festivals and events; and is highly sought-after for consulting with organizations regarding issues of diversity and inclusion.
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NOERDLINGER COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
Rachel Noerdlinger is a Managing Director at Mercury. She is based out of the New York City office where she practices strategic communications, crisis management, and public affairs, along with community engagement in electoral politics and business. She is an expert around issues related to diversity, inclusion and strengthening relationships for companies working in communities of color. Most recently she was the Chief of Staff for New York City’s First Lady, Chirlane McCray, and prior to that she was President of Noerdlinger Media, a consulting firm representing a cross-sector of high-profile clients in politics, business, civil rights, law, and entertainment. Rachel has over two decades of experience in communications and she has been positively featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New York Daily News, The New York Amsterdam News and other publications. In 2008, she was featured in Essence Magazine as one of the top ten females in the country making strides in her respective field, and she has been called “the public relations force behind Rev. Al Sharpton and National Action Network,” whom she has advised in communications since the late 90’s.
moved to New York City in 1993 after completing a year in the Teachers for Africa Program in The Gambia, West Africa. She enrolled in a Master’s program at Teacher’s College at Columbia University in education but did not complete the program after discovering the field of communications through her internship at The Terrie Williams Agency. Rachel’s career highlights include her work bringing visibility to critical cases in civil rights and politics, as well as her role as Press Secretary during Rev. Al Sharpton’s 2004 Presidential bid and her role as a public relations advisor to the late Attorney Johnnie L Cochran, Jr. Rachel has led successful public relations campaigns around key social justice issues and has brought visibility to such issues as education, employment, and voter education.
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MACIAS STEAM AWARD
Chanda Macias, Ph.D., MBA is the Chairwoman of the Board of Managers and CEO for Women Grow. She is also the CEO and the owner of National Holistic™ a cannabis and hemp healthcare enterprise. National Holistic™ Healing Center is the leading medical marijuana dispensary in Washington DC, while National Holistic ™ Healthcare proudly produces CBD and cannabinoids as an alternative and natural product that is currently available on Amazon. Dr. Macias also expanded her footprint through Ilera Holistic Healthcare which partnered with Southern University -one of two cultivation/processing facilities in the state of Louisiana. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Minority Cannabis Business Association and is a proud member of Americans for Safe Access. Dr. Macias earned a Ph.D. in Cellular Biology from Howard University focusing on cancer research. She earned her MBA from Rutgers University in Supply Chain Management. As a Research Scientist,
Dr. Macias investigated oral diseases and possible treatment options at Colgate-Palmolive Company, a Fortune 500 Company. She contributed to the launch of several billion-dollar brands. Her innovations have resulted in numerous scientific achievements including publications, compilations, U.S. and Global Patients (World Intellectual Property Organization). Dr. Macias has four children and resides with her husband in the Washington D.C. metro area.
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CONGRATULATIONS RACHEL & THE 2019 HONOREES!
CONGRATULATIONS RACHEL & THE 2019 HBA HONOREES!
CONGRATULATIONS RACHEL & THE 2019 HBA HONOREES!
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