Economic Forum celebrates local black businesses
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – August is National Black Business Month and The Mosaic Group, in partnership with the Urban League of Broward County, plan to start it off with style.
Together, they will host the 7th Annual South Florida Black Economic Forum & Awards Reception, Friday, August 4 at the Urban League of Broward County, located at 560 NW 27 Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. Networking and Lunch begins at 11 a.m., with panel discussions beginning at 2 p.m. and an awards reception beginning at 5:30 p.m.
This year’s theme is “Cornerstones of Wealth” and will feature a luncheon and screening of the film “Generation One: The Search for Black Wealth,” along with panel discussions covering the following topics: Opportunities in South Florida’s Leading Growth Industries; Smart Investments: Creating Multi-Generational Wealth; and Reclaiming Our Communities Block by Block.
Five deserving community leaders and organizations will be recognized with the prestigious Vanguard Award for their leadership, dedication and advocacy for blackowned businesses and black professionals in South Florida.
In addition, Mosaic Group will also launch blackbusinessloop.com – an online source for black-owned businesses, events and community resources. The online platform will promote businesses and events yearround and encourage the public to support the businesses. As the website develops, additional features and information will be added, including a blog.
“The forum and blackbusinessloop.com were both created to empower and inform members of our community to take the necessary steps to grow and develop their enterprise, create wealth for their families and support black businesses throughout the region,” said Ann Marie Sorrell, President and CEO of The Mosaic Group. “We aim to foster growth and sustainability while reducing unemployment and bridging the wealth gap in South Florida.”
Attendees can register for The South Florida Black Economic Forum at blackbusinessloop.com. Registration for the full day (lunch, film screening, panel discussions and awards reception) is $50; luncheon only is $25, and the panel discussions and reception is $25). There are exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities available.
The South Florida Black Economic Forum is an annual initiative to connect, engage and inform black business owners and professionals about opportunities, resources and programs that will increase the number and scale of African/Caribbean-American owned businesses in South Florida.
For more information about the South Florida Black Economic Forum, contact The
651- Mosaic Group at 561- 9565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MIAMI – Any entity that can boast one hundred years of service to the community should be held in high esteem, but that sentiment is magnified when that place is doing “The Lord’s Work.”
Such is the case with Miami’s Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, which will kick-off its Centennial Church Anniversary celebration on Saturday, August 12 at 5:30 p.m. with a one-of-a-kind Anniversary Gala.
Featuring guest speaker Reverend Arthur Jackson III and a special music performance by Dove Award nominee Jonathan Nelson and Purpose, the gala will be held at the luxurious Marriott Miami-Biscayne Bay, located at 1633 North Bayshore Drive in Miami. Tickets are available for purchase at sinai100.eventbrite.com
Reverend Johnny L. Barber II, Mt. Sinai’s senior pastor and teacher, expressed pure joy at the thought of where the ministry is today.
"Words cannot begin to articulate nor capture the emotional feeling when I reflect on Mount Sinai celebrating 100 years of ministry. It is truly amazing! It is unfathomable. This is historical not only for our church and its members, but for the community,” Barber said.
The festivities will continue through the following week with nightly Pre-Anniversary Worship Services held at 7 p.m. beginning Tuesday, August 15 through Thursday, August 17.
Services will feature guest speaker Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick and the phenomenal psalmist Pastor Christina Robinson. These services will be held at Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, located at 698 NW 47 Terrace in Miami.
The culminating celebration will be August 20, beginning with a parade followed by Rev. Gregory Thompson of New Harvest Missionary Baptist Church ministering the Anniversary Service.
Founded by the late Rev. Page, Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church of Miami, Inc. was founded in August 1917. At its inception, the church was housed in a tin structure with a sawdust floor, directly behind 1417 NW 5 Place, which was then known as Grant Avenue. Over the next few decades, services were held in several locations before settling in 1965 in the current location.
"This religious institution has endured many events over the span of that time. In her own history, she has overcome every obstacle that she faced: challenges within ministry, internal changes, societal changes, racial and ethnic struggles, to name a few,” Barber said.“I am proud that in this moment in time that I am her sixth pastor. It is indeed an honor to serve here.There are not many pastors who can lay claim to what Mount Sinai has afforded me. Mount Sinai has a rich history."