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NEW YORK, NY - The Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) has announced plans to celebrate 22 Years of Service to the Small Business Community with a Business Networking Membership Meeting and Reception on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 – 5:30 p.m. at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY.

According to Dr. Roy A. Hastick, Sr., President/CEO, CACCI: “As we celebrate this major milestone, we seize this opportunity to thank our many supporters and well-wishers, who have helped to sustain CACCI over the years and enabled us to survive and thrive despite many challenges. We wish to thank our board of directors, elected officials, members, business partners, public and private sector agencies, and the wider community, who have helped us to reach this milestone.”

CACCI has accomplished the following:

Conducted over 600 business development networking seminars and meetings, attracting entrepreneurs and speakers from the public and private sectors, business and community leaders, corporate partners, CACCI members, Heads of State from the Caribbean and other international leaders;

Hosted international Heads of State and the Secretary General of CARICOM;

Conducted trade missions in areas of health and business investment in the Caribbean

Continued to develop CACCI’s Headquarters, a 28,000 square foot facility, Caribbean Trade Center/Business Incubator, located in the East Flatbush Section of Brooklyn;

Continued to manage and operate the Flatbush Caton Vendors Mart, a 9,000 sq. ft. micro-enterprise incubator, an indoor facility in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn;

Initiated weekly CACCI/SCORE free confidential small business counseling services and technical assistance for CACCI members and the wider business community;

Established partnerships with CACCI members and with public and private business entities which have contributed to the success of such annual events as: Tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King (January); Participation in Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Business Forums (February); Seminar focusing on Certification and Procurement Opportunities for Minority and Women Business Enterprises (MWBE) (March); Annual Entre-preneur of the Year Awards Gala (April), International Confer-ence on Doing Business with the United States and the Caribbean focusing on Export/Import Opportunities (May).

Cele-bration of National Caribbean Heritage Month (June); CACCI Membership Apprecia-tion Month (July); Celebration of Service to the Small Business Community (August); Participation in West Indian American Labor Day Carnival Association Cultural Events, and Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Business Forums (Sept-ember); Small Business Financing and Real Estate Expo (October); MWBE Doing business with government agencies and the private sector, and participation in the New York Carib News Multi-National Caribbean Conference (November); Salute to CACCI Members Small Business Visionaries (December).

At the 22nd Anniversary Celebration, CACCI will launch an employment initiative in collaboration with the State University of New York (SUNY) Brooklyn Educational Opportunity Center that will enable CACCI business owners to employ trained personnel in areas of computers and networking technology, general office support, and computerized bookkeeping services.

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