CBC’s Signature Events

June 7th is CBC 5th Anniversary & Caribbean Heritage Month Celebration

This event will be held to celebrate two important milestones in the lives of people in the Caribbean Diaspora.

  • 12th Year of Caribbean Heritage Month
  • 5th Year Anniversary of Caribbean Business Connections

In June 2005, the House of Representatives unanimously adopted H. Con. Res. 71, recognizing the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States.  Since the declaration, the White House has issued an annual proclamation recognizing June as Caribbean-American Heritage Month. This year marks the eighth anniversary of June as National Caribbean American Heritage Month. 

In June 2012, Caribbean Business Connections, CBC, was founded by Sandra McCarty and Hanif Russell to fill the need for effective business networking among people in the Caribbean Diaspora.  CBC’s mission is to provide a networking platform to its members where they can connect, aspire and achieve. Members are make the right business connections, meet their next client and identify resources that help them become more successful.

When:  Wednesday June 7th 2017
Time: 6 PM – 9 PM
Where: Royal Chateau, 247-11 Francis Lewis Blvd, Rosedale, NY

This event will be done in collaboration with various Caribbean associations, Caribbean business organizations, Caribbean chambers commerce, and local Caribbean civic associations. We will showcase various aspects of Caribbean culture – food, art, music and dance as well as facilitate business networking.

CBC’s 2016 Holiday Event at Jamaica Performance Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, NY



CBC celebrates 4 years of working with small business owners to connect them with their prospective customers and to provide them with the necessary expertise to grow their business. On June 1st CBC marked the occasion with a well-attended celebratory business networking event presented by AT&T. This event was used to formally recognize the contributions made by various persons and organizations that helped CBC to achieve level of success it has thus far.


Movers & Shakers in the business community

The Movers and Shakers in the North East Caribbean community came out in their numbers to support and celebrate with CBC; Among those who came were the President of UJAA, Lesleyann Samuel, Board Member & Past President of UJAA, Karlene Largie, President of Immaculate Conception High School Alumnae Association New York Chapter, Karen Wilson Robinson Esq.; CEO of Team Jamaica Bickle and Managing Director at Caribbean Immigrant Services, Irwine Clare who is a CBC Senior Advisory Board Member; President of the Hempstead Chamber of Commerce Dennis Jones, Owner & Principal Attorney at Clarke & Associates and CBC Advisory Board Member, Millicent Clarke Esq.; Partner at New York Life, Suzette McTaggart; Manager Astoria Bank East Meadow Christine Sweeney; Attorney at Nassau County Government Margalie Rodriquez Esq. a CBC Advisory Board Member; Owner & Principal Broker of Home Smart Cross Island Realtors Arthur Briscoe;  Senior Business Intermediary with New York Business Brokerage Kyle Griffith, a CBC Advisory Board Member; Owners and attorneys of Warren & Warren law firm, Dawn and Dennis Warren.  Dawn Warren Esq. recently declared her candidacy for Freeport Village Justice 2017.

To see more photos from event click here
Guest Speaker, Brandon V Ray, Regional Director of External Affairs (Long Island) for AT&T spoke from the heart connecting in a real way with his audience. Even though Brandon represented corporate American, being an African American and a native of Hempstead a predominantly black town in Long Island, he was able to identify with the experience of the Caribbean Diaspora. Brandon spoke about the various programs that AT&T has for small businesses and for the minority communities. One such program is the Global Diversity Supplier program where the goal is to connect certified diverse businesses with opportunities to provide products and services to AT&T.

CBC 4th Anniversary Celebration

Seated: Lesleyann Samuel, UJAA’s president and Lois Pessoa Owner of Pillow Paradise and CBC Member. Standing in the fore ground L-R: Hanif Russell, Founder CBC and Trevor Scotland, COO Irie Jam 93.5 FM. Standing in the background L-R: Sandra McCarty CBC Founder, Jeff Bacchas Owner Spices Negril Restaurant & Lounge and Mike Mullings, Owner Magnet Sports & Entertainment Lounge.

CBC’s 4th Anniversary celebration at the South Beach like setting of Magnet Sports and Entertainment Lounge in Elmont NY, allowed for great networking among the business owners and professionals that turned out. Some of the top Caribbean owned and operated restaurants in the Queens and Long Island area served up their delicious, finger licking signature dishes making this a celebration an occasion to excite the taste buds. These restaurants, part of the CBC Partner Restaurants, were Pa-Nash Euro Soul Restaurant owned by Annette and Titus Runcie; Spices Negril Restaurant & Lounge owned by Dana and Jeff Bacchas; G’s Restaurant & Bar owned by Lesa Willie and L’Antillaise at Franklin Caterers owned by Jude Ellie and Lesley Pardo.

From all the reports CBC’s 4th anniversary event was a success with attendees making meaningful connections and having a great time. Thanks to the CBC 4th Anniversary Planning Committee Lesli Jones, Leva Mahmood, Ray Thomas, Kyle Griffith and Hanif Russell for all their efforts in making this such a great event.


CBC’s 4th Anniversary Celebration, June 1 at Magnet Sports & Entertainment Lounge, Elmont
CBC 4th Anniversary Flyer small version
CBC, celebrates 4 years of working with small business owners to connect them with their prospective customers and to provide them with the necessary expertise to grow their business. On June 1, 6PM – 9PM at Magnet Sports & Entertainment Lounge in Elmont, CBC will mark this occasion with a celebratory business networking event presented by AT&T. This event will be used to formally recognize the contributions made by various persons and organizations to help CBC achieve the level of success it has done. Tickets are $10 presold at cbcanniversary.eventbrite.com or $15 at the door. All are welcome to attend.

At the 4th Anniversary Celebration, CBC will roll out a number of new programs focused on developing and strengthening the small business as well as the Caribbean community at large On such program is the CBC Business Directory Listing which is a free listing of all the companies and professionals that are in CBC’s network. This will be the go to place to find a Caribbean professional when you need it. Your Caribbean banker, accountant, plumber, landscaper, painter, financial services advisor, attorneys, printer, marketing services provider etc. Each listing will have the company name, contact person, phone number and services provided with a live link to their website. CBC Business Directory Listing will become a key resource in our efforts to support our Caribbean owned businesses.

2016 Caribbean Leadership Breakfast & Recognition Ceremony
On Friday, April 29th 7:30am to 10am Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano in conjunction with Caribbean Business Connections will host its annual Caribbean Leadership Breakfast. This event is used to highlight those business persons, community leaders and outstanding professionals who have made worthwhile contributions to the community they live in work in and or serve.
Caribbean Business Connection 2016 8.5 x 11 (1)

Honorees for 2016
1. Arthur Briscoe Owner, Principal Broker Cross Island Realtors
2. Georgia Rattray-Gray Esq. Barrister, The Legal-Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division, Queens County
3. Margo K. Cargill President, Uniondale Chamber of Commerce
4. Sophia Sutton Astoria Bank Assistant Branch Manager, East Meadow Branch
5. Biena Depena Hempstead Chamber Board Member
6. Conroy Allison Host ,The Winner’s Circle WVIP 93.5 FM
7. Ena C. Richards Ph. D Educational Director, Lebanon Early Childhood Learning Center
8, Valerio Saint-Louis Owner , Producer at Tele Image TV Shows
9. Annette Gordon Senior VP Whereitzat Magazine
10. Betsy Maniotis Owner, Betsy’s Basket

The ceremony and breakfast will be held at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building on the 2nd floor, 1550 North Franklin Ave., Mineola NY

Nassau County Sponsored WMBE Certification Presentation

On September 17, 2015 CBC and Hempstead Chamber of Commerce partnered with Nassau County to put on a workshop for women and minority business owners. Timothy Williams, Chairman, Nassau County Industrial Development Agency was the Master of  Ceremonies for the workshop, with the keynote address was given by Hon. Edward P. Mangano,, Nassau County Executive.

CBC WMBE Workshop and Breakfast

Dennis Jones, President of Hempstead of Commerce with Hon. Edward P. Mangano Nassau County Executive and Timothy Williams, Chairman, Nassau County  IDA

A very informative session on how to become WMBE Certified was presented by Shelley Brazley, Project Director Nassau County Office of Minority  Affairs. Also in attendance were Nassau County Purchasing & Contracts Frank Intagliata, Nassau County Department of Purchasing, Nassau County Industrial Development Agency Benefits Nicholas T. Terzulli, Director of Business Development, Nassau IDA, New York  Senator Ruth Hassell -Thompson, Dennis Jones President of Hempstead Chamber of Commerce, Sandra McCarty Founder of CBC, Ray Thomas CBC Senior Advisory Board Member and a number of business owners.

Audience listens intently at the WMBE seminar held at the African American Museum Hempstead New York.

Audience listens intently at CBC sponsored WMBE seminar held at the African American Museum Hempstead, New York.