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Haiti becomes part of the African Union

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Haitian Ambassador to South Africa, Jacques Junior Baril says Haiti finally being part of the African Union (AU) is a place that the country earned as they paved way to other African countries to be free today.

The Caribbean state of Haiti will officially become a member of the AU come the next AU Summit which will take place next month in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Former African Union chairman, Jean Ping said: “We have attachment and links to that country. The first black Republic…that carried high the flame of liberation an freedom for black people and has paid a heavy price for so doing.

In 2012, Haiti indicated its interest to move from its observer status to member status. It will be the first time any nation with no geographic connection to the continent of Africa to join the AU.

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Posted on May 10, 2016 By Staff With 10 comments

Take Your Business To Haiti with The Film Black Friday

Take Your Business To Haiti

Take Your Business To Haiti Reserve your space today! http://bit.ly/haititour2016

Take Your Business To Haiti with The Film Black Friday

Join an amazing tour and see what opportunities are available to you outside of the United States. BBE and The Film Black Friday Director Ric Mathis will help you discover the opportunities that are just waiting for you. The tour will start from July 28 to July 31, 2016. The team will be filming on Haiti and interviewing participants and choosing the ones that will be featured in the next film.

Black Friday is a documentary that takes a deeper look into the spending behaviors of African-Americans in the US. Every year, 1.2 trillion dollars leave African-American communities. According to Nielsen Company’s recent survey, African-American consumers shop more often and are more aggressive patrons of media. They shop more, watch more television, buy more ethnic grooming and beauty products and read more economic magazines than any other group.

Black Friday shows the incorrect financial education of African-Americans and the economic drawbacks that continue to prevent the community from progressing and growing. Black Friday aims to improve the financial responsibility and economic awareness of African-Americans and thus, presents solutions that will help better manage the money spent by the African-American communities. The film also emphasizes the importance of leaving an ethical and economic legacy for the next generations.

Reserve your space today! http://bit.ly/haititour2016

Ric will release the next Black Friday film on Black Friday in 2016. The tour will be a great chance for businesses to connect with African-American to bring their business to Haiti to grab the opportunities that await them.

The tour will also benefit the Centre orphelinat du bon berger de l’Archaie, an orphanage  established by Pastor Valembrun Estinfil in 2008. The extreme level of poverty faced by many Haitians prevents parents from taking care of their children. To help them meet their needs and live a better life, we are accepting donations for African centered books, school supplies, clothes, sneakers cleats and other items that will make life easier and more comfortable for the children. Your donation will be given to children aged 12 months to 13 years old. We are accepting new or gently used items.

Please call 9134BUYBLK 913-428.9255 to arrange your donation or if you have questions about this trip.

Haiti’s Growing Economy

The devastating earthquake in 2010 dealt a great deal of damage to Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital. It also resulted in significant financial losses almost equal to the nation’s GDP. The international community has pledged around US$10 billion to support the country’s reconstruction projects. Haiti’s economy is progressively improving. There are also a lot of great opportunities that provide SMEs with their much needed strategic support, financial expertise and funds.

Haiti’s economy is growing. The country has a free-market economy that boasts a pro-business government, capital demands and low-cost labor that will only continue to improve in the future. Moreover, the Haitian government has joined forces with the international community to create more job opportunities for the young workplace by making it easier for foreign groups to invest in the country.

The proximity of the country to the United States, which is also its main trading partner, the massive support from the global community and the low-cost yet eager and motivated workforce are other factors that will contribute to Haiti’s growth. For businesses that are planning to invest in Haiti, here are the main strategic advantages of the country.

  • Pro-business government – The first on the list would be the pro-business government. Haiti’s president, Michel Martelly, has promised to create more than 500,000 jobs in the next 3 years. The Haitian government also has started to streamline steps on starting a business and loosen restrictions on foreign land ownership.
  • Strategic Location – Haiti’s strategic location is another factor that will attract businesses. The country is located between the largest economy in the world (USA) and developing economies in South America (Columbia and Brazil). The economic development throughout the region would benefit Haiti. The country is also located in the Caribbean, which provides Haiti with great maritime trade access.
  • Favorable Economic Signals – Haiti’s 8 percent GDP growth in 2012, economic incentive from billions in foreign support and free-market economy make up for favorable economic signals.
  • Growing Trade Integration – Haiti has been a member of WTO since 1996. It is also near large economies, which guarantees low costs for transporting products to international markets. The implementation of Special Economic Zones also provides exemptions on taxes and tariffs.
  • Unexploited Resource Potential – The country has abundant, unexploited mineral deposits of copper, calcium carbonate, bauxite and gold as well as a young, low-cost workforce.
  • Expedient Labor Conditions – Haiti has plenty of trainable and motivated workers.
  • Geography – The country has natural sea ports at Jacmel, Port-au-Prince, Cap-Haitien and Gonaives as well as 1,700km of coastline and topnotch unspoiled beaches.
  • Massive International Support – Over US$10 billion of foreign support has been given for reconstruction projects. More than 3000 non-government organizations are also working in the country to provide the necessary support services. The Inter-American Development Bank offered more than US$2.2 billion for development and recovery projects. United States HOPE and HELP Acts will also help in rebuilding the country’s garment industry.

If you’re thinking of doing business in Haiti, now is your best chance. Join the tour and learn how you can maximize the business opportunities in the country. You should arrive in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on the 28th of July 2016, at least three to four hours in advance. Bring your passport and another identification form. We have to check in two hours in advance and clear all customs properly.

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Posted on May 4, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

Top 10 Amazing Black-Owned Bed and Breakfasts

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There are more than 30,000 Bed and Breakfasts (B&B’s) in the country, but sadly only about 1% are Black-owned. If you don’t already know, Bed and Breakfasts are similar to hotels, but are smaller private residences with bedrooms that are available for rent to the public on a night-by-night basis. A free home-cooked breakfast is usually included with each overnight accommodation.
If you are looking to support local Black-owned businesses and/or you want to experience the best of African American culture and hospitality during your next getaway, here are our top 10 picks:

#1 – Arbor View House (Greenport, NY): Near the wineries in upstate New York, this B&B wineries is known for their award winning gourmet breakfasts, boutique hotel accommodations, fireplaces, heavenly beds, and great concierge service.

#2 – Quintessentials (East Marion, NY): Just two hours from New York City, this B&B features a European lifestyle spa for a completely rejuvenating experience for the body, mind and spirit.

#3 – Inn of Treasured Memories (Cape Cod, MA): Designed for comfort and unwinding, this B&B offers guests many unique options. They can relax in the quiet atmosphere of the Living Room to read, think, and talk. They can gather and mingle in Hank’s room to play cards or board games, or they can stay fit and have fun in the heated water resistance pool.

#4 – TheLRoomBNB (Durham, NC): This newly renovated 1920‘s home with three bedrooms is located in Old North Durham, a flourishing area within walking distance to trendy restaurants, popular nightclubs, parks, unique shops, Duke and North Carolina Central Universities

#5 – Morehead Manor (Durham, NC): Originally built for the CEO of Liggett and Meyers, this splendidly redecorated, 8,000 square-foot, Colonial Revival Style home is located within walking distance to the Downtown area, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) and historic Brightleaf Square.

#6 – Akwaaba Inns (Various Locations): This upscale lodging collection is owned by husband and wife team Glenn Pogue and Monique Greenwood. The couple fell in love with inns when they stayed at their first bed and breakfast back in the early ’90s. THey now have locations in Washington, DC, Brooklyn, NY, Cape May, NJ, and more.

#7 – Hubbard Mansion (New Orleans, LA): Located on the historic St. Charles Street, this B&B offers five exquisitely furnished suites in the Main House, and two executive apartments perfect for long-term stays. The beautiful rooms recall the grandeur of 19th century New Orleans.

#8 – Welcome Inn Manor (Chicago, IL): This B&B is just minutes away from many other historic and significant places and landmarks throughout Chicago. Their services include a free full hot breakfast, and morning drop-offs to anywhere in the city.

#9 – Ye Old Manor House (Elkhorn, WI): This B&B is the perfect place for a night’s santuary, a multi-day, weekend, week, or longer retreat, an idyllic location for intimate weddings, and a great venue for meetings, retreats, and other gatherings.

#10 – Magnolia House Inn (Hampton, VA): Located in the waterfront downtown area, this historic Queen Anne Victorian offers 3 spacious guestrooms with the most sought after lodging experience for business and leisure travelers.

BONUS The Dupont Collection (Washington, DC): Their apartment style suites offer much needed privacy especially when travelling with children and sharing the same space. They serve a complimentary hot breakfast every morning with fresh fruit, and freshly baked bread.

OUR FAVORITE Six Acres Bed & Breakfast (Cincinnati, OH):  With ties to the Underground Railroad, this B&B offers landscaped gardens & cozy rooms. This 19th-century B&B with connections to the Underground Railroad is set within Laboiteaux Woods off Highway 127, 7.9 miles from the Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati.  Homey, individually decorated guestrooms feature Amish-style quilts, and some include private bathrooms. A suite is also available with 2 bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen. The grounds feature landscaped gardens, and the B&B offers occasional educational programming.

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Posted on March 1, 2016 By Staff With 4 comments

Oldest Black Owned Travel Agency in the United States

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The honor of being the oldest, continuously operating, African American owned travel agency goes to Rodgers Travel Bureau, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Rodgers Travel Bureau opened their doors in 1949. The company was started by Harold Rodgers, an African American medical student who was working as a porter for TWA at Philadelphia International Airport to help pay for medical school. He knew the business well, and when he opened his agency, he was the only black-owned travel agency in the U.S.

Business booming

Business was booming, largely due to Rodgers’ loyal black customer base. Rodgers provided a valuable service for black customers at a time when the “whites only” segregation rules made it difficult to impossible for blacks to travel. Even after desegregation, his customers remained loyal. By the late 1960’s, the company was able to open a Rodgers Travel location in Washington, D.C. that targeted affluent African Americans and was a great location to black organizations who had headquarters in D.C.

Changes — all good

In 1954, William Griffin purchased the business from Harold Rodgers and soon added partner Fred Russell to manage the business. By the 1970’s, Russell’s daughters Norma Pratt and Joanne Ussery joined the management team. When their father passed away in 1980, his two daughters took over. It was now company president Norma Pratt who took the lead to secure the company for further growth. She took advantage of SBA’s 8(a) business development program to enter into the federal government marketplace. In 1991, she bid on and received Rodgers’ first federal government contract – a $10 million per year contract servicing Scott AFB.

The company is pleased that they have not only secured a place in history but also secured the future of the company.

For more details about Rodgers Travel Bureau, visit www.rodgerstravel.com

Oldest Black Owned Travel Agency in the United States

 

Source: Blog.BlackBusiness.org

Posted on January 19, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

AFFLUENT AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY DESOTO

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When most people think of growing affluent communities in North Texas, Frisco, Flower Mound and Southlake come to mind; DeSoto should also come to mind.

The southern Dallas County community has grown from 15,000 residents in the 1980’s to more than 50,000 people who now call the city home.

Taj Clayton is a partner in the law firm Fish and Richardson and his wife Tonika is a vice president at an education technology company. With their pick of places to raise their two daughters and son, they chose DeSoto.

“DeSoto, for our perspective, was the best place to live, ” Taj Clayton said. “It was just a hidden gem that a lot of people didn’t know about. There are beautiful hills, undulating landscapes, incredible parks. I feel fortunate to live on a golf course.”

According to the U.S. Census, 55.3 percent of businesses in DeSoto are owned by black or African-American people.

Did you read it? Yes, 55.3% of the businesses in Desoto, Texas are Black Owned. :D

Tochi Osuji moved her business, My Choice Spa and Wellness Lounge, to DeSoto a year ago. It’s located next door to her husband’s medical practice.

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Posted on May 25, 2015 By Staff With 1 comment

JOIN US IN PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI-NOVEMBER, 2014

 Economic Investment Tour in Haiti 

Re-Educate, Agitate and Organize 

Investment & Business Tour

Thursday, November 20th – 23rd, 2014

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ENJOY 4 days and 3 nights

In the magnificent country called – HAITI!

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INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:

  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) Transportation
  • Nightlife 
  • Investments and Tours.

We must meet in Ft. Lauderdale, FL no later then the morning of 11/20/14 to join the flight.  

Please keep this mind when booking your flight from your location to (FLL). 

  • We would like you to arrive at in (FLL) Ft. Lauderdale at least 3 to 4 hours in advance. 
  • We must check in 2 hours in advance. 
  • We (ALL of us) must clear customs.
  • Make sure you have your passport and another form of identification.

Here is the details below: (Space is limited)

Air Travel Departure:

Jet Blue

Outbound Travel: Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) – Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP)

Date: Thursday, 20 November 2014

Flight: 1709

Depart: 1:11 pm

Arrive: 3:14 pm

Stops: 0

Air Travel Arrival:

Return Travel: Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP)-Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL)

Date: Sunday, 23 November 2014

Flight: 1510

Depart: 9:17 am

Arrive: 11:34 am

Stops: 0

Hotel:

Estinfil Guesthouse (Bed & Breakfast)

Transportation:

To and from airport and around the city

Sites:

Tour of the site Haitian Revolution, Day at the beach Mulin Sur Mer, night, life and much more…

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (included)

Tours, Lectures & Presentations:

Doing Business in Haiti, Investment Tour and more…

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Sponsorship:

(Taking Donations)

We are sponsoring an orphanage COBBA (Centre orphelinat du bon berger de l’Archaie). COBBA was created in 2008 by Pastor Valembrun Estinfil. Due to the extreme poverty level that many Haitians are forced to live everyday, Many parents are unable to take care their children in Haiti. We are accepting donations for clothing (boys and girls), school supplies, shoes, sneakers cleats, dolls (black), soccer balls, African centered books etc…your donation is tax deductible. The age range is 12 months to 13, New or Gently used. 

Call to arrange. 9134BUYBLK 913-428.9255 

Business in Haiti:

The devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti caused significant damage to the nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince, and resulted in fiscal losses roughly equal to the country’s GDP. In response, the international community has rushed to Haiti’s support and pledged approximately US$10 billion for reconstruction projects. As Haiti’s economy steadily begins to improve, great opportunity exist to provide much needed capital, financial expertise and strategic support to SMEs in the country.

Haiti is now poised for growth. Haiti has a free-market economy with low-cost labor, a pro-business government, and capital demands that will continue to increase for the foreseeable future. The Haitian government, with the help of the international community, is attempting to create more jobs for its young workforce (the average age in Haiti is 21.4 years) by making it easier for foreign entities to invest in Haiti.

Furthermore, Haiti is well positioned to prosper in the coming years due in part to its proximity to the United States (its primary trading partner), the vast support from the international community, and its motivated and eager low-cost workforce. Haiti’s key strategic advantages are outlined below.

  • Pro-business government
    • President Michel Martelly is considered pro-business
    • Martelly has pledged to create over 500,000 jobs in the next three years
    • Haiti’s government has begun to streamline steps to start a business and loosen curbs on foreign ownership of land
  • Broad International Support
    • Over US$10 billion of foreign assistance has been pledged to help rebuild the country
    • Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) offered over US$2.2 billion alone for recovery and development projects
    • Over 3000 non-government organizations (NGOs) are operating in Haiti providing much needed support services
    • United States HOPE and HELP Acts will help rebuild Haiti’s diminished garment industry
  • Strategic Location
    • Located between the world’s largest economy (USA) and emerging economies in South America (Brazil and Colombia), Haiti is well-positioned to benefit from economic growth throughout the region
    • Situated within the Caribbean provides the country with prime access to maritime trade
  • Promising Economic Signals
    • Free-market economy
    • Projected 7.8% GDP growth in 2012
    • Economic stimulus from billions in foreign assistance
  • Increasing trade integration
    • Introduction of Special Economic Zones provide exemptions on tariffs and taxes
    • Close proximity to large economies ensures lower costs for transporting goods to international markets
    • WTO member since 1996
  • Untapped Resource Potential
    • Copious, untapped mineral deposits of bauxite, copper, gold and calcium carbonate
    • Young, low-cost labor – median age is 21 years
  • Advantageous Labor Conditions
    • It has one of the world’s lowest-cost workforce
    • Abundance of hard-working, trainable workers
  • Geography
    • World-class pristine beaches and 1,700km (1,100 miles) of coastline
    • Natural sea ports at Port-au-Prince, Cap-Haitien, Gonaives, and Jacmel

If you’re considering doing business in Haiti, please review this file, Doing Business in Haiti. Or download the PDF file [media-downloader media_id=”2120″ texts=”DOING BUSINESS IN HAITI “]

Note* You need a passport in order to exit and re-enter the US.

If you do not have one, your local  Post Office would be the best source to obtain one click, here.

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  • Accommodations
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) Transportation
  • Nightlife
  • Investments and Tours.

ALL Balance must be paid before upon request.

Payment options:
Credit Card – Please add $49.56 to the total.
Paypal – Payments made from Paypal to Paypal WILL avoid credit card processing fees.
Bank Transfer – Payments  CAN also be deposited directly to chase account to secure your space upon request.
Or good ole fashion snail mail
We are located: 7 Woodsdale Ave Cincinnati, OH 45216
Hours of Operation: Sunday – Saturday 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

If you have questions, please call 913-428-9255 do not send them via this form. Email lynn@bbnomics.com 

To reserve your space, please complete the questionnaire below.

Disclaimer** Deposits are Non-Refundable! No exceptions!  NO CANCELLATIONS! 

 By completing this form you are agreeing to receive an invoice via Paypal to reserve your space. 

Notice*
Please be advised that the Minister of Tourism in Haiti now requires all foreign travelers (Non-Haitian passport holders) to pay a Tourist Fee upon arrival into Haiti in the amount of US $10.00 (10.00 Euros or CAN $10.00).
The only exemptions are:
Children under the age of 5 Official or Diplomatic passport holders
This fee will be collected per traveler on arrival at bank counters provided for this purpose in the various ports and airports of entry into the country and at the level of different border crossings.

Please complete the form below ONLY to reserve your space, TODAY! Thank you!

Below is the contact person for questions and/or more information:

11-22-13 063Lynn (Linda Pierre-Smith)

Trip Coordinator (Global Outreach and Economic Developer)

General Questions: lynn@bbnomics.com

Phone: 913-428-9255 (913)-4BuyBlk
Skype: lynn.bbnomics

Posted on October 8, 2014 By Staff With 0 comments

GHANA INVESTMENT TOUR OCT – NOV, 2016

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Welcome to Africa for the Africans. We specialize in Africa Tours and Investments. Join us on the ultimate journey to the motherland to experience a vibrant Africa with a mix of roots, culture, paradise, night life, shopping, networking, business and investment opportunities.

GP Oct 2013 DSC00272 (1)Our upcoming tours are, Ghana Repatriation & Investment Tours:

Oct 28-Nov 10, 2016 for $3,500. This is an all inclusive packages that includes accommodations in Ghana and round trip flights on Delta Airlines from Atlanta to Accra, Ghana via JFK New York City. Limited space available register and pay only a $400 deposit to reserve your trip of a lifetime!!!

Experience a vibrant Africa with a mix of Roots, Culture, Paradise, Night life, Shopping, Networking, Business and Investment opportunities.

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View tour information, register and pay the $400 deposit ASAP to confirm a seat. Click on link below to view all payment options & plan:

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Note: We will need everyone’s registration and deposit ASAP to get the 2014 tour setup right away to avoid delays or cancellation.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

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Posted on May 20, 2014 By Staff