Eco­nomic Fo­rum cel­e­brates lo­cal black busi­nesses

South Florida Times - - METRO - Staff Re­port Mi­ami’s Mount Si­nai Mis­sion­ary Bap­tist Church Staff Re­port

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 asor­rell@up­scale­by­mo­saic.com.

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."

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