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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Western Union expands educational programs

Brooklyn: The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), a leader in global payment services, announced the expansion of its educational programs for Caribbean-born or second generation of Caribbean Americans residing in the United States by pledging US$50,000 through the Western Union Foundation in educational scholarships and extending the program from nine to 19 Caribbean countries. Comment.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Clarke welcomes business administrator to Bklyn

Brooklyn: Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke last week welcomed Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the federal Small Business Administration to Brooklyn to celebrate National Small Business Week. Comment.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Woman’s work—Birthing Caribbean entrepreneurs

Trinidad and Tobago: You really don’t know what to expect when you put a dozen-plus Caribbean entrepreneurs in one room for a week. But one thing was clear when 15 entrepreneurs — all women — came together in Port of Spain in April. It was the start of something good. Comment.

Friday, May 8, 2015

CaribBeing makes debut at BKLYN DESIGNS

Brooklyn: Brooklyn’s creative community bands together for a weekend of presentations and vending at BKLYN DESIGNS. The annual showcase brings together the borough’s most talented artists and designers to share one roof — the Brooklyn Expo Center on 72 Noble St. in Greenpoint from May 8-10. Comment.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

JetBlue expands Caribbean network

Antigua: JetBlue Airways says its continuing to expand its services to the Caribbean as it filed an intent to serve Antigua’s V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU) three times weekly from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Comment.

Rawlston Williams: The Rebel Chef

Food: Praise the Lord — and pass the island bowl! A new dine-and-dash restaurant in Crown Heights has customers’s mouths watering and minds thinking of a higher calling with every dish served. Comment.

Review site tips power back into tenant’s hands

Brooklyn: The first major task for anyone moving to a new country, state or city is securing a place with running water and a formidable roof to call home. Comment.

Friday, May 1, 2015


Cuba: Cuba wants greater CARICOM market access but region slow to act. For more than a decade now, Cuba and the 15-nation Caribbean trade group have been trying to refine a system that would govern trade between the two. Comment.

Ex-Im Bank honored during special awards ceremony

Business: Leading online business portal Diversitybusiness.com presented Ex-Im Bank with the Top 25 Government Agencies for Multicultural Business Opportunities Award during their 15th annual National Summit on Thursday, April 30 at the Harvard Club of New York in New York City. Comment.

Friday, April 24, 2015

NY’s Cuomo become 1st US governor to visit Cuba post-detente

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) _ Cuban officials and New York business executives are exploring ways for companies to do business on the communist-run island despite the longstanding U.S. embargo that makes most trade and investment illegal, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. Comment.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Grace Kennedy USA strengthens US partnerships

Jamaica: In keeping with Grace Kennedy’s 2020 campaign map to become a global consumer group and to grow exports significantly, the company has acquired the assets of USA food business, La Fe Foods Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary, GraceKennedy Foods (USA) LLC. La Fe Foods Inc. was established in 1968, and currently has revenues of approximately US$80 million. The company will now have distribution operations in Moonachie, New Jersey; Miami, Florida and Forest Park, Georgia for the Grace Foods line and also the La Fe brand, one of the largest brands in the Hispanic frozen foods and grocery markets. Comment.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Church Avenue Street Fair

Brooklyn: It’s that time of year again! The Annual Church Avenue Street Fair will unfurl its magic on Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. on Church Avenue between Coney Island Avenue and Argyle Road. The Street Fair is the place to discover the unique products and services of area organizations, entrepreneurs and artists. Comment.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Vintage fashion comes to Crown Heights

Fashion: Vintage Shaun, the collective of affordable vintage fashion for men and women will be coming to Crown Heights, Brooklyn for a Pop up Shop the weekend of April 11 - 12. Founder and Crown Heights native Shaunya Hartley, is excited to kick off a Pop Up Shop in the neighborhood she has called home all her life. Shaunya Hartley’s passion for vintage clothing and encyclopedic knowledge of styles and eras has garnered a dedicated cult like following of a young and influential clientele keeping with the saying “Vintage is the New Black. Comment.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

GraceKennedy expands reach in US market

Jamaica: GraceKennedy, one of the Caribbean’s larger corporate entities, has announced a new distribution deal in the U.S. with American beverage giant AriZona Beverages, USA, LLC. Comment.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Church Avenue BID hosts Marketing Resource Fair

Business: Almost 60 business owners and entrepreneurs and 11 providers of business and marketing services gathered at El Acuario Restaurant on Church Avenue for the “Your Business. Your Brand,” breakfast workshop on Wednesday March 18, 2015. Attendees enjoyed breakfast while networking, discussing upcoming projects, and brainstorming potential collaborations. Comment.

Saturday, March 21, 2015


Jamaica: A key component of Jamaica’s business community wants regional leaders to determine whether Washington would oppose efforts by the island to export locally produced marijuana to the U.S. for the medical industry when they meet with President Barack Obama in Jamaica early next month. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

Antigua, Venezuela agree on terms for oil company acquisition

Venezuela: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne and Foreign Minister of Venezuela Delcy Rodriguez on Saturday “successfully hammered out” an agreement covering the acquisition of the West Indies Oil Company (WIOC), according to an Antigua and Barbuda government statement. Comment.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

GraceKennedy brings in more, but earns less profit

Food: The GraceKennedy Group is reporting revenues of $ $21.1 billion, a $2.9 billion — or 16 percent — increase over the same period last year. The Company is however reporting a decline in net profit by 25 percent compared to last year, moving from $941 million to $703 million. Comment.