Starting the summer not with a vacation, but with business, the New Day New Opportunity Business Expo brought small business owners and entrepreneurs to the heart of Brooklyn. Taking advantage of Bedford Stuvyesant’s Restoration Plaza Skylight Gallery central location, the business expo brought in the likes of boutiques owners, authors, real estate and health care agents, caterers, hair practitioners, independent jewelry and cosmetic sales consultants, media executives and other New York business professionals.
Included in the business mix was Brooklyn’s new Borough President, Eric L. Adams. The borough president declared to attendees that the halls of borough hall will be open to events dedicated to the advancement of Brooklyn small business owners and entrepreneurs.
“I want to do this event again. I want you to do it at Borough Hall. I want to open Borough Hall where you have to use that building,” Adams strongly stated.
During the expo, Adams accepted a special award presented by 100 Men In Partnership- a conglomerate of men representing small business owners and entrepreneurs that was formed to support the efforts of the then former senator now borough president.
In keeping with the spirit of Brooklyn’s former President Marty Markowitz, Adams expands the vision of small business development within Brooklyn by creating international relationships for foreign exchange opportunities for Brooklyn business owners.
“I was just in China two weeks ago, trying to get the Chinese community- over 1 billion people- to look at the products that we have.” Adams continued, “We don’t only have to trade in New York. There is an international market out there."
Adams announced his liking to the stewardship of the event producers- Ashea Management & Entertainment in their proven commitment to creating platforms for local businesses and entrepreneurs.
“We are going to start a movement right at Borough Hall. All of these entrepreneurs. All of what you are going. Coming together seeing how we can continue to build. How do we give you MWBE (Minority and Women Business) qualifications,” stated Adams.
The evening also included special presentations to the Borough President from local entrepreneurs including Bronx native- Wonder Lee who presented the Borough president with her celebrity worn bowties made of recycled materials. Adams’ bowtie was of Scrabble pieces spelling out BKLYN. Wonder Lee was one of the first vendors of the New Day New Opportunity Business networking series two years ago. Other presentations to the borough president included customized chocolate and cupcakes from local bakers.
Vendors represented at the expo included Aflac, Legal Shield, It Works! firming system, Casia Antiques, Surrounded in Glory designs by Kelly, New American Chamber of Commerce, Shelia’s Delights, Bonello’s Catering, JAMM- Caribbean TV, Vanity Hair Studio NYC, Play Things By Ley, Traci Lynn, Mary Kay, Cleo’s Soul Creations and Organo Gold.
Adams closed by saying “I am not going to be a MetroCard Borough President. I’m a passport Borough President and I’m bringing the globe to us.”
Producers of the business expo, Ashea Management & Entertainment are currently preparing for the New Day New Opportunity Business event at Brooklyn Borough Hall.