A strong business network is one of the first steps towards economic empowerment for any community, says HABNET, the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce.

The Brooklyn-based organization works to promote entrepreneurship and foster trade and commerce within the Haitian Diaspora in New York and surrounding communities.

“Every progressive community has one,” HABNET says. “The Haitian community has come a long way since our first migration to New York in the seventies. The next step in our evolution here in America is strengthening and supporting our businesses.”

HABNET hosts several workshops and events during the year geared towards connecting entrepreneurs and investors, with the next one lined up for this Friday.

“We want our members and community supporters to know we appreciate them,” the organization says. “What better way than a party cruise around the city?

“It’s an opportunity to network, while enjoying great music and food.”

The boat ride leaves from Pier 4 in Sheepshead Bay at 7:00 p.m.  this Friday, Aug. 28.

For tickets and information on the boat ride, visit HABNET.

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