This month, the New York City Department of Design and Construction’s
Office of Diversity and Industry Relations announced the launch of a
free business development program, “Ready to Build New York City,”
designed for small and emerging construction contractors interested in
public sector construction contracts.
This year, Black Girls Rock!, an organization founded by DJ Beverly Bond
to empower Black girls who rock, will celebrate its 10th anniversary. At this year's televised event, ShondaLand producer and writer Shonda Rhimes (Shot Caller Award) and award-winning actress and activist Amandla
Stenberg (Young Gifted and Black Award), among others, will be honored. (TNJ.com will be there to witness the greatness!)
This month, SUNY at Old Westbury partnered with the Nat'l Brookhaven Lab to commemorate the second anniversary of Pres. Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative, and discuss the importance of mentorship,
STEM and continuing education for young men of color. Here, we speak to Calvin Butts, president of Old Westbury, and La Doris Harris, director of the DOE's Office of Diversity.
Last year, Governor Andrew Cuomo said he wanted to see the goal of
awarding 30 percent of state contracts to minority- and women owned
businesses come to fruition. On Wednesday, March 23, the New American
Chamber of Commerce will do its part to help make that happen. The organization is hosting the second annual Diversity Procurement Conference 2016 to take place at BNY Mellon Bank in Lower Manhattan.