CACCI honors women history makers

The Brooklyn-based Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) on Thursday, March 26 honored several leading women during its “2015 Women History Makers” celebration at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

The honorees were: Dr. Evelyn Castro, vice president for Student Affairs, Medgar Evers College, CUNY; Jennifer Jackson, president, T&T Cleaning and Janitorial Services, Inc.; Constance Brown-Bellemy, vice president, ICL; Nadi Ghaness, senior partner, H&N Insurance Agency; Kaye Chong, executive, Caribbean Airlines; Beth Goldberg, district director, United States Small Business Administration (SBA); Marlie Hall, CBS News Correspondent; and Beth Goldberg, N.Y. district director, U.S. Small Business Administration.

The event, hosted by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna, was billed as a “Special Business Membership Networking Reception,” with a marked focus on doing business with the United States, the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and the Netherland Antilles.

“This was a networking session with a difference,” said CACCI President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Roy Hastick.” As we continue to embrace the Caribbean-American, African-American, Women and Minority Business Enterprises, and the entire business community, we are also continuing to explore ways and means for us to network and do business with each other.

“At CACCI, we believe that creating and fostering relationships between the English, Spanish, Dutch and French/Creole-speaking members of the business, and linking them to the United States small business community is one of the ways of creating opportunities for all.”

Hastick said one of the ways to remain in business and be profitable and sustainable is to seek out new markets for goods and services and also develop new relationships.

“By bringing all of this talent and expertise together and putting them in one room, CACCI hopes to create a synergy that will motivate people to do business with each other,” Hastick said. “By reaching out to our overseas partners, CACCI is moving aggressively to help our local business community develop new markets and think outside of the box.”