New York, NY – On May 6, 2011 the Business Outreach Center (BOC) Network held the BOC Awards 2011 to celebrate the successes immigrant entrepreneurs and local small businesses. "We are so proud to serve our clients," said Nancy Carin, Executive Director of the Business Outreach Center, "for fifteen years, BOC has enabled thousands of individuals to dramatically improve their economic prospects. Small businesses create jobs–and jobs, in turn, create opportunity, lift communities and transform neighborhoods." BOC Board Chair, Leslie Winter concurred. "This is the moment when community organizations such as BOC are most needed," he said, "BOC's work adds substantial value to our neighborhoods in terms of business activity, new and growing businesses, jobs and economic growth."
We at BOC Network would like to thank everyone who attended the BOC Awards 2011 and helped us make the event an enormous success.
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The event was chaired by Edward Odom, Vice President of Community Development at Citi and featured Robert A. Annibale, Global Director, Citi Community Development and Microfinance who spoke on the critical role that local organizations like BOC play in supporting community development through financial inclusion, business counseling and small business and microenterprise development. This year's major event sponsors included Citi, JP Morgan Chase, Aetna, Capital One and Con Edison.
Nearly two hundred BOC Network supporters including local government representatives, community partners and BOC clients attended the event. Honorable Mark Weprin of New York City Council, for example, presented an award to John Rafael Peralta owner of Dynamic NYC Tours; NY State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries presented an award to Oumar Moussa owner of Fondou Business, and Councilmember Letitia James presented the Childcare Business Development award to four licensed childcare business owners representing four NYC boroughs. In addition, important local leaders joined BOC to honor this year's awardees. These included Cruz Russell, Director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives of the Port Authority of NY and NJ; Steven Cohen, Deputy Commissioner for the Empire State Development Corporation, and Majora Carter, Founder of Sustainable South Bronx and President of the Majora Carter Group, among others.
Micro Business Advancement Award
Left to right: Business Counselor Oumar Deh, Presenter NY State Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries, Awardee Oumar Moussa
To highlight BOC Network's many programs and branches throughout the city, the following awards were presented:
Child Care Business Development Awards
Left to right: Awardees Adino Shamuelova, Maria Feliciano, Diana Berrios and Arelis Lovera, Presenter NYC Councilmember Letitia James
Mission: The Business Outreach Center (BOC) Network is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to microenterprise and small business development and cross community collaboration. BOC Network's mission is to bring community development organizations together to provide comprehensive services to local small businesses and new entrepreneurs. Targeted to low/moderate income communities, BOC Network's purpose is to create local community wealth, economically empower individuals, create jobs and deliver more disposable income to disadvantaged women, minority and immigrant entrepreneurs. BOC Network's partnership of centers is located in nine diverse neighborhoods across New York City's five boroughs and in Newark, NJ.