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Grand Opening of Sudsy Water Laundry and Dry Cleaners at Historic Polo Grounds
On April 20th, 2022, the team at Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund along with community leaders and local elected officials participated in a historic occasion, the official ribbon-cutting ceremony by Ms. LaChena Clark of Sudsy Water Laundry and Dry Cleaners at NYCHA's historic Polo Grounds. This event commemorated the opening of NYCHA's 1st Woman of Color Laundry Facility.
'It's an honor to represent NYC and its residents in this capacity. I am looking forward to having more contracts and doing business with the City of New York." La Chena Clark
Ms. La Chena Clark is a client of Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund.
Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund Juneteenth Celebration
On June 16th, 2022, Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund and parent company Harlem Commonwealth Council hosted a Juneteenth celebration of freedom and community attended by HEF clients, and partners at African Restaurant, Teranga in Harlem.
National Black Business Month Spotlight with Spa Boutique and Wellness Lounge
June 2022, National Black Business Month spotlight with Spa Boutique and Wellness Lounge, highlighting the work of Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund's Technical Assistance program, Growth Path on PIX11 News.
National Black Business Month Spotlight with Harlem’s Heaven Hats
June 2022, National Black Business Month spotlight with Harlem's Heaven Hats, highlighting the work of Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund on CBS.
Harlem Zen Spa
Julian Riley, Harlem Blue Beer
National Black Business Month Spotlight, Harlem Blue Beer with NYSE.
Harlem Blue Beer is a client of Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund. Harlem Blue Beer is resetting how we think about 'craft beer' and broadening the tent to be more inclusive by meeting its customers where they are.
How the Harlem Commonwealth Council helps Black businesses
"For 55 years, Harlem Commonwealth Council has focused on building up Black-owned businesses in Harlem by providing resources that level the playing field".
Here & Now Segment - "Harlem Commonwealth Council is helping to keep minority-owned small businesses afloat during the coronavirus pandemic"
Our President & CEO, Hamil Douglas, had the opportunity to discuss the various ways HCC has supported the Harlem business community during the pandemic with Sandra Bookman on Here & Now.
Many Black entrepreneurs feel shut out of the banking system, survey finds
The Greater Jamaica Development Corp., TruFund Financial, and the Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund interviewed and surveyed 195 Black entrepreneurs and 23 Black contractors across all five boroughs. The survey was sponsored by JPMorgan Chase and confirmed what minority business owners have long said: "For Black entrepreneurs in New York, acquiring capital, generating revenue, and contracting with the city comes with a degree of difficulty."