Chair of NY MWBE Task Force, William Thompson to Lead Panel Discussion - 8th Annual Harlem Business Economic Summit

Expanding procurement opportunities for small business owners within New York state.

New York, NY, September 21, 2011 --( The Harlem Business Alliance (HBA) has just announced Chair of the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) and former New York City Comptroller, William Thompson, will be the latest discussion leader to join the dynamic team of speakers at the 8th Annual Harlem Business Economic Summit.

Thompson will focus on expanding procurement opportunities with the city and state while providing continued support to small business owners. “Now more than ever it is important for us to help small businesses excel by implementing strategies that will sustain them through these difficult times,” stated HBA Chair, Walter Edwards. “We will introduce business owners to markets in their own communities and urge them to cultivate these relationships.”

Bill Thompson was named Chair of the NY MWBE Task Force by Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier this year with the promise to “reform state government operations through promoting equality within [the] procurement processes.”

The Summit will be held on Monday, September 26, 2011, from 8:15am-1pm, at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building. Registration for the event is free and can be fulfilled at the door or online. “This Summit will provide attendees with an opportunity to not only sharpen their skills, but also meet persons with common interests and talents which may be the foundation for new business opportunities and partnerships,” said Larry Dais, HBA’s 1st Vice Chair.

Thompson will be joined by CEO of Diversant LLC and community activist, Gene Waddy leading “Taking Your Business to the Next Level,” and PR expert Karen Taylor Bass discussing “Marketing 2.0: Making More Happen with Less.”

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About The Harlem Business Alliance
The Harlem Business Alliance, Inc., (HBA) was founded in 1980 by a group of prominent Harlem business leaders, and incorporated in 1990 as a class 402 501(c)(3) corporation. HBA has worked diligently to establish Harlem as an economically self-sustaining community. Over the years, HBA has developed cohesive public/private partnerships to assist existing and emerging businesses, community residents and youth. HBA serves as an advocate for the preservation and retention of Harlem's business community.

About William Thompson Jr.
Bill Thompson is the NY MWBE Task Force Chair and served two terms as New York City’s 42nd Comptroller. Under Thompson’s watch, assets managed by minority- and women-owned firms have more than tripled from $2 billion to over $6 billion. Thompson has also been a leader among institutional investors in advancing crucial corporate governance and corporate responsibility reforms, and has led the drive for adopting standards that protect the environment and safeguard human rights globally.

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