Caribbean American Chamber celebrates 24 years of service

    The Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) has announced plans to celebrate 24 Years of Service to the Small Business Community with an Official 24th Anniversary Membership Business Networking Reception on Thursday, August 27, 2009, 5:30 p.m. at The Historic Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY.

    ?As we prepare to celebrate this major milestone, we seize this opportunity to thank CACCI members, supporters and well-wishers who have helped to sustain CACCI over the years, and enabled us to survive and thrive despite many challenges,” said Roy A. Hastick, president/CEO of CACCI. ” We also wish to thank our board of directors, elected officials, business partners, public and private sector agencies, and the wider community, who have helped us to reach this milestone.?

    Over the years CACCI has accomplished the following:
    Developed expertise in providing business assistance to small business owners in areas of business planning, preparing for accessing financing, certification preparation, business expansion, and doing business in the Caribbean. CACCI?s extensive track record of service delivery, established partnerships with government and private sectors have enabled the organization to survive and thrive for 24 years.

    Hosted Caribbean trade delegations in New York, and conducted trade missions to the Caribbean focusing on trade and investment, health, mental health and disaster relief.

    Launched a Financial Literacy Initiative targeted to youth, seniors, faith-based groups, small business owners and conducted Small Business Workshops on such issues as Credit Worthiness, Cash Flow, Insurance, Budgeting, Real Estate Mortgages, Homeownership and Asset Protection.

    Made considerable progress in developing the first ever Caribbean Trade Center in New York, a 28,000 sq. ft building located in a major commercial corridor adjacent to one of New York City?s historic educational institutions, Erasmus High School, in East Flatbush Brooklyn.? Upon completion, this landmark building will serve as CACCI?s headquarters, house major anchor tenants, offer fee-for-service domestic and international business services, and create jobs.

    Managed and operated the Flatbush Caton Market (FCM), a 9,000 sq. ft. micro-enterprise incubator, an indoor shopping mall in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn with over 40 vendors who sell a variety of African, American and Caribbean artifacts.? Recently, as a result of the modernization of the FCM by the City of New York, the signage on the Market was selected from hundreds of submissions reviewed each year by City of New York, and was awarded its highest honor for excellence in design, which exemplify the highest design standards.
    Continued to provide MWBE Certification Preparation business services for Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE), and continues to be part of New York City’s efforts to help MWBE?s to become certified by the City Of New York Department of Small Business Services (DSBS) so that they may enhance their business growth and development.

    In addition, CACCI and Service Corps of Retired Business Executives (SCORE) conduct weekly confidential small business clinic at the Flatbush Caton Market Conference Center, which have proven to be helpful for start ups and emerging business owners who need technical assistance in how to start, operate and manage a business.

    CACCI and State University of New York Brooklyn Educational Opportunity Center have partnered to address CACCI members? staffing needs, by providing trained graduates eligible for employment from such programs as computerized bookkeeping, medical office administration, computers and networking technology, general office support web page design and maintenance.

    For further information on CACCI membership, the 24rd Anniversary Membership Business Networking Reception, MWBE certification preparation, vending opportunities at the Flatbush Caton Market, or to request an appointment for free small business confidential counseling services through CACCI/SCORE, contact CACCI: Tel.: (718) 834-4544.