Life of Hope Executive Director Porez Luxama, left, speaks to NYC Small Business Commussioner Kevin D. Kim, seated, as community members look on during the Haitian Community Roundtable on June 7, 2023. Photo by Macollvie J. Neel

BROOKLYN—Lean on your elected officials, find the right mentor and take advantage of capacity building programs offered to small businesses. Those are the first steps to take to become or remain successful, New York City’s Small Business Services (SBS) leader told a group of Haitian entrepreneurs. 

During a June 6 meeting with about 50 business owners and community leaders at Life of Hope in East Flatbush, Commissioner Kevin D. Kim also emphasized the importance of such tactics as building a social media presence to market a business and becoming certified as a Minority or Women-Owned Business (MWBE) to take advantage of opportunities to provide services to the city itself.

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Macollvie J. Neel, a writer and communications consultant, serves as executive editor of The Haitian Times. She is the founder of Comms Maven LLC, a consultancy that helps mission-driven professionals and organizations tell their stories in workplaces and media spaces.