Mrs Harriet Michel, President of National Minority Supplier Development Council invites at Bongos in Miami

Pikliz.com was extremely honored and proud to be the guess of Mrs Harriet Michel, President of Natio ...more

nal Minority Supplier Development Council at Bongos, in Miami. It was very pleasant to see relaxing: Corporate CEO's Purchasing Executives,Minority Entrepreneurs, Gvt Decision- makers and many others having such a great time like usually seen in fraternity houses. Indeed, it is to be done over and over.



The National Minority Supplier Development Council's Annual Conference is the nation's benchmark forum on minority business development and puts minority business owners in the room where deals ar made. More than 7,000 purchasing executives, government decision-makers and minority business owners from across the country attended the event.

According to the U.S.Department of commerce, there are more than 4.1 million minority-owned businesses in the United States and this group is one of the fastest growing business segments. In oeder to expand economic opportunities and promote inclusionary business practices, the Council acts as a matchmaker between corporations and minority-owned suppliers.

"NMSDC 2007: Building the global Economy of Tomorrow Today" was the theme of the four days conference featuring a lineup of activities to match buyers from corporations, government agencies, universities, hospitals, and other major institutions with minority entrepreneurs in an atmosphere conducive to doing business.

The conference included the Business Opportunity Fair on Monday, October 29, at wich hundreds of corporations and minority business exhibited their products and services.
Walk-through participants maked direct contact with the nation's major buying organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, as well as hundreds of top Asians, Black, Hispanic and Native American entrepreneurs.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, October 30 and 31, minority business owners, corporate CEOs and purchasing executives participated in plenary sessions, workshops and seminars on such topics as trends in purchasing, best practices, industry transformations, capacity building, supply chain management, and access to capital. The conference culminated in the Awards Gala to honor the Corporation, suppliers Regional Council and Minority Supplier Developpment Leader of the Year on Wednesday evening, October 31.

The conference was co-hosted by the Florida Regional Minority Business Council, one of the 39 NMSDC-affiliated councils across the country.

2nd Consuls Generals of CARICOM @ The Ritz Ballroom, Miami
Jun 6, 2007

Photos by Rachel Moscoso Denis

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: History was not made in a day, but rather over a period of 8 years. The commemoration of June as Caribbean American Heritage Month will one day in the far future be a legend. Today, the story of how the Caribbean American community earned recognition of their contributions to America is told by this simple tale.
The Consuls-General of Caricom in Miami with the collaboration of the Institute of Caribbean studies have organized at the Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove a 2nd reception to commemorate the observance of the Caribbean-American Heritage Month. The month of June has been officially declared : " Caribbean-American Heritage Month "

Bikini Contest @ Bricks Night Club, Miami
Sep 6, 2007

Photos by Rachel Moscoso Denis

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Association of Haitian Physicians abroad & other Haitian-American leaders
Nov 1, 2007

Photos by Rachel Moscoso Denis
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BC, Miami Herald, WCBS, FOX TV, WABC, CNN, Sun Sentinel, Washington Post, Radio Mega, Radio Planete La.

October 31, 2007

Issue: Article about the spread of HIV/AIDS in America

Dear Concerned Citizens,

The Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad is very alarmed by the recent publication in the media of the results of a study conducted by Dr Michael Worobey, an evolutionary biologist from the University of Arizona, and co-authored by Dr Arthur Pitchenik from the University of Miami.

The study entitled “The Emergence of HIV/AIDS in the Americas
And Beyond” raises the suggestion that the origin of the HIV epidemic in the US is from a single Haitian immigrant who came to the US in 1969, and that HIV was brought to Haiti by an infected person from Central Africa in about 1966.

The Haitian people had been wrongly stigmatized in the past by scientific publications that identified Haitians as a risk factor for HIV, and it took years of protest to debunk these claims.

We have requested a copy of the article, which we will submit to our own experts for scientific review.

We are very much aware of the emotional and socio-cultural impact this issue has created in our community. The Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad is taking the leading role in addressing the issue in an astute manner, and is asking all concerned Community Based Organizations in the Haitian community to join us in order to develop a common strategy to confront this issue.

A press conference will be held on Thursday November 1st, 2007 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 PM at:

Jean Jacques Dessalines Community Center
8325 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL

Smith Joseph, DO, Pharm.D.
Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine
Haitians critical of HIV report

By ERIKA BERAS, Miami Herald

Alarmed by a recent study that suggests the origin of HIV in the United States was a single Haitian immigrant who came to the U.S. in 1969, The Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad and other Haitian-American leaders called a news conference Thursday in Little Haiti to tell the community not to become alarmed.

''We know you are filled with grief and frustration,'' said Dr. Smith Joseph, president of the Florida chapter of the association, referring to the endless streams of calls and chatter that have filled Haitian radio airwaves since the study was released. ``We are going to consult with various experts to examine the validity of the study.''

''A couple of decades ago, we had to debunk these myths,'' he said. ``It's as if we have stepped back in time.''

The highly publicized study, released this week in the respected medical journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests HIV went directly from Africa to Haiti, then spread to the United States and the rest of the world starting around 1969.

The findings were based, in part, on blood samples taken from about 20 Haitian patients at Jackson Memorial Hospital from as far back as 1979.

The frozen samples were stored at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and reanalyzed by the study's authors, including a researcher at the University of Miami.

''The Haitian community is outraged and they have every right to be,'' said Yolly Roberson, a former nurse who represents District 104 in Florida's House of Representatives. ``I'm raising my daughter and I want her to be proud to be Haitian. This is not the legacy I want to see perpetuated.''

Thursday's news conference was held at Little Haiti's Jean Jacques Dessalines Community Center. About 30 people were present, including members of the Haitian Lawyers Association and The Haitian Nurses Association.

Women's Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami hosts Jazz @ Joe's Stone Crab
Oct 14, 2007

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Luncheon with Chair Karen Kerby & Co Chair Rachel Moscoso Denis

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r's event was scheduled Sunday, Ocotober 14, 2007 at the incomparable, Joe's Stone Crab on South Beach at 11:30 a.m.

Festivities kicked off with complimentary champagne and wine and raffle, followed by Joe's signature stone crabs. The 500 guests enjoyed the Sunday brunch while listening to Leo Casino's "Sax".

Jazz at Joe's Stone Crab was presented by the Women's Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami
Honorary Chairs
Michael Aller
Connie Russell
Commissioner and Mrs Richard Steinberg

Jazz at Joe's Committee
Karen Kirby- Chair
Rachel Moscoso-Denis -Co-Chair
Norma Jean Abraham, Julia Alba, Anthony Baradat, Eleanor Bauman, Patty Craven, Jane Jantzen, Cynthia McNeill, Mitzi Mitchell-Burns, Bronwyn Miller, Nora Mullen, Heidi Nosich, Migna Sanchez-Llorens, Electra Spillis, Lisa Tenn, Adrienne Tober

Platinum Saxophone Sponsors
Carnival Cruise Lines - Connie Russell

Golden Saxophone Sponsors
Anthony R. Abraham Foundation
Bonnie Crabtree
Ira Leesfield
Linda Hartnett
Jill Daley
Richard Steinberg

Special Thanks to Our Generous Underwriters
Anthony Baradat & Associates- Beighley & Myrick, P.A.
Big Daddy's Liquor- Brian Johnson, GM Joe's Stone Crab
Migna Sanchez-Llorens- NAI Miami
Shutts & Bowen LLP- Southern Wine & Spirits
Steve Sawitz, Owner, Joe's Stone Crab
Universal Brands- The Treister Murry Agency

Appreciation To Our Raffle Donors
Norma Jean Abraham-Raffle Chair

Diamond Saxophone Raffle Drawing
Diamond Watch Courtesy Of Jae's Jewelers
Autographed Alonzo Mourning Sneakers

Golden Saxophone Raffle Gifts Courtesy of
A nose for Clothes - Brighton Collectibles
Doral Golf Resort & Spa- Hand-designed handbags
Ingrid Thrall- Jenna White
Mayfair Hotel & Spa- Marie Louise Designs
Scarlett Women's Boutique- SFX Live Nation

Special thanks to the incomparable Leo Casino on the Saxophone.

Menu was delicious
Joe's famous Coleslaw
Florida Stone Crabs
Hash Brown
Creamed Spinach
Joe's award winning Key Lime Pie
Coffe- Tea


Belkys Nerey and Craig Stevens, WSVN 7
Lidia Muniz, CEO, BBBS of Greater Miami
Karen Kirby
Raffle sales closed at 1:30
Winners was posted at 1:45 p.m.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Upcoming Events

Golf Classic: Pre-Party & Golf Tournament on November 15 & 16, 2007. Reception, auction & poker party on November 15th. Golf tournament at Miccosukee Golf & Country Club on November 16th. All golfers receive a $ 300 Titleist "shopping spree". Sponsorship packages range from $20.000 to $5.000.

The big Event on March 22, 2008. An evening of cocktails, fine cuisine and entertainment in the new Legends Ballroom at Doral Resort & Spa. Tables range from $ 1000,000 Title Sponsorship to $7,500.

Miracle Maker's Luncheon on april 3, 2008.
Luncheon and fashion show to honoring South Florida's most philanthropic at the Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne.
Tickets & sponsorship packages range from $25,000 Title Sponsorship to $ 150.

The Big Impact Event- May 2008 at the Ritz-Carlton, south Beach. Join us and experience the magic of mentoring.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Vision: successful mentoring relationships for all children who need and want them, contribuiting to better schools, brighter futures, and stronger communities for all. Together, we are part of Something BIG!

About Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami is the premier mentoring organization of south florida, helping thousands of children each year become more competent, confident and caring. we are an affilliate agency of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and are the local lead agency for the Governors Mentoring Initiative, City of Miami Mentoring Initiative and National MentoringMonth. We serve more than 6,000 South Florida children, volunteers and families. We are committed to reaching our goal of matching 5,000 children by 2010. Your company or organization's involvement as a Community Partner can make a difference!

According to an independant Public/Private ventures research study, children and youth that meet regularly with their Big Brother or Big Sister are: 52% less likely to skip school
46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
37% less likely to skipp a class
27% less likely to begin using alcohol
More confident of their performance in schoolwork
One- third less likely to hit someone
More trusting of their parents and guardians

Dramatic changes in BBBS student behavior have been detected... attendance has increased by 10% over the average student population. BBBS students are now also 1/3 less likely to receive any disciplinary action compared to the average student."
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