Small Businesses Learning to Thrive Not Just Survive in Rough and Tumble New York

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Key conference to expose local firms to tested method of growth

While many community based business owners will tell you times are tough, not everyone is struggling, or at least not for long. There are many small businesses thriving all across New York — not giving in to the recession but leveraging lessons learned to grow and build a stronger business. More than a dozen of these achievers will be on display at the 7th Annual Harlem Business Economic Summit Monday September 27th from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Adam Clayton Powell Office building on 125th street.

Originally started as a forum to address the economic challenges faced by Harlem businesses, the Summit has morphed to include useful information and resources for local businesses of all stripes with more than 350 attending last year’s free event.

Breakout sessions this year speak specifically to strategies for thriving and not just hanging on in the current slow growth environment. Featured speakers include Saundra Parks of The Daily Blossom, William Parrish of Noble Strategy and Jessica Johnson of Johnson Security Bureau to discuss “Maintaining Your Business’ Momentum in Difficult Times.”

Other speakers will take attendees through using cutting edge strategies to get more customers using little to no budget during “Marketing on a Shoe String.” Wendell Niles of Niles Advertising, Clayton Banks of Ember Media, and Karen Taylor Bass of TaylorMade Media highlight this session.

Rounding out the day Lloyd C Grant of The KIP Business Report and Patrick Hardy of P Hardy Technologies will show business owners “Techniques and Strategies to Streamline Your Business,” incorporating high and low tech ways to do more with less.

The Summit also includes a special round-table on newly enacted initiatives to increase contracting opportunities for women and minority businesses with New York State and City agencies.

Another important panel will show business owners how to navigate the provisions of the new health-care laws passed by congress.

"In light of the current economic crisis, minority businesses have been particularly hard hit," according to Walter J. Edwards, chairman of the Harlem Business Alliance, the organizers of the Summit. "The program we've put together this year will help Harlem businesses, and all the Harlem businesses throughout New York state, turn the corner on the downturn and put their businesses in a stronger position to prosper going forward."

How to Attend the Event
Registration, the vendor’s expo and continental breakfast begins at 8:00am. The first
workshop starts at 8:30am followed by two workshop sessions from 10:00am to 11:30am and
the last two sessions are from 11:30am to12:45pm. This event is free. Interested participants
must reserve their seat in advance at or by calling 347.346.3903.

About the Harlem Business Alliance
Founded in 1980 by a group of prominent Harlem business leaders, and incorporated in 1990 as a class 402 501(c)(3) corporation, HBA provides technical assistance to local entrepreneurs through a myriad of programs. Visit HBA at to learn about other initiatives and activities.


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