Faulkner Sponsored Job Fair Draws 500+ Job Seekers

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Charlie Rangel's Challenger Heads Job Creation Initiative

Twenty companies found new hires today at a Job Fair sponsored by Faulkner for Congress. Michel Faulkner, Congressional candidate challenging Charlie Rangel in New York’s 15th District for the U.S. House of Representatives, hosted the event, which drew a line around the block even before its formal start time of 9 a.m.

The event was held at the Alhambra Ballroom located in the heart of Harlem. Employers in attendance included a range of private sector vendors and companies as well as the New York Police Dept, U.S. Army and Navy.

“We are very excited about today’s large turnout,” Faulkner said, “It demonstrates not only the need for work, but the desire to work here in Harlem.”

The Job Fair was born out of a community-based initiative called Jobenomics – a program designed to stimulate economic growth through small business support. Faulkner, along with economist Chuck Vollmer and Pastor Dan Stratton, founded Jobenomics in response to the economic downturn and rising unemployment. Jobenomics works to provide training and resources to job seekers, as well as nurturing entrepreneurs and small businesses through help with financing and business plan development.

“We don’t need the government to give us another program to try and solve our problems,” Faulkner stated at the event. “We need the government to get out of the way, so that businesses and people can find each other and prosper together. That’s the kind of economic environment I’m trying to create, and that’s what I’m taking with me to the House of Representatives.

Michel Faulkner is a husband and father of three and currently serves as Pastor of the New Horizon Church in Harlem, New York. This is his first run for political office.

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