Networking in the ‘Hub’ draws business owners, professionals

From left, Gail Lewis, Phil Andrews, Leone Baum (Honoree), Don Durant (Honoree), Max Rodriquez (Honoree), Elseah Cheah and Fran Becker.

Long Island has been long considered the Hub or epicenter of business. Recognizing this fact, small business owners around the region converged on Hempstead on Tuesday, July 24 in an effort to network and to develop strategies that would help them stimulate their own personal economic success.

Dubbed “Networking Tuesdays in the HUB,” the event brought small business owners, community and civic leaders together to share information and support each other in these tough economic times, giving these professionals the opportunity to meet and talk with others in business and get results for what they want to do. Each participant will also get a chance to introduce and/or promote his or her business.

Phil Andrews, CEO Public Relations Company/President 100 Black men of Long Island, Inc. spoke on the topic “How to Master the art of Networking to Increase Your Bottom Line” while Gail Lewis, toastmaster talked about “Mastering the art of a Great Elevator Speech.”

Deputy County Executive Dr. Phillip Elliot, Mayor Wayne Hal and Mark Bonilla, Hempstead Town Clerk were among the dignitaries who attended to honor Leone Baum, former president, Hempstead Chamber of Commerce, Don Durant, former owner of Copy Man Copy Centre/author of nine award winning books, Max Rodriquez, former trustee Village of Hempstead/president, Hempstead Cuban Civic Association, Ray Thomas Representative for Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, and Fran Becker, Legislator, Nassau County Legislative District 6.

“Community development is an important idea and it is central to returning the Village of Hempstead to its glorious past and rightful title as the Hub of Nassau County,” said Claude Gooding, Commissioner of Community Development Agency for the Village of Hempstead.

Networking Tuesdays in the HUB, a Business-2-Business event is presented by Hempstead community-based newspaper, The Hempstead/Uniondale Times, along with Power Networking Business Seminar Series.

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