Riviera Beach, FL (November 15, 2017) – On Saturday, November 25, 2017, the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (RBCRA) will celebrate local small businesses during Small Business Saturday®, a national effort created by American Express to support local businesses that make our communities strong.  The goal is to help bring more holiday shopping to small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  The initiative encourages customers to support small businesses by shopping at their locations and spreading the word by using #ShopSmall on their social media platforms.

The City of Riviera Beach has celebrated Small Business Saturday® for a few years, however, the RBCRA has taken on a more targeted approach to feature businesses operating within the CRA boundaries.  The CRA Business Watch Committee submitted an application for ten (10) local businesses to utilize the Shop Small Initiative and as a result each business was presented with a Small Business Saturday® marketing kit for their storefront and online presence including posters, promotional flyers, website badges, email templates, logos, social media materials, shopping bags and a welcome mat.  Owners can also encourage customers to join the #ShopSmall conversation during #SmallBizSat; this will, in turn, bring more shoppers to their stores.   In addition, the RBCRA will market those businesses on the RBCRA website and social media platforms.

The CRA Business Watch Committee also hosted a kick-off breakfast on Tuesday, November 14th at the Ambassadors Service Center; catering was done by local Riviera Beach business, Kafe Hub.  At the breakfast, new initiatives were discussed to include pop-up shops at the Marina Event Center.

“Small business is the backbone of our local economy,” says Rod McLeod, public safety officer at RBCRA.  “The Riviera Beach CRA Business Watch program is a proud supporter of this initiative.  We appreciate the national support from American Express and the Shop Small Collaborators and encourage our residents to shop small and shop local on Saturday, November 25th.”

Featured Local Small Businesses in the CRA: Kafe Hub, Rafiki Tiki, MTBP Marketing, All Safe, Grator Gator, Pura Divers, Paradise Chic Boutique, Massage Island Day Spa, Get Wet Water Sports, Blue Water Boat Jet Ski Rentals, and Casa Farneti.

American Express reports that small business owners generated an estimated $15.4 billion and 112 million people came out to shop on Small Business Saturday® in 2016.

For small business owners who want to learn more about how to participate in Small Business Saturday®, please contact Rod McLeod, Public Safety Officer, RBCRA at (561)-844-3408.

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ABOUT RBCRA

The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is at the heart of the dramatic transformations underway within its district. Formed in 1984, by the Riviera Beach City Council, the CRA provides funding for a wide scope of projects that incentivize economic growth through business attractions and retention; finances new and improved infrastructure for real estate projects; generally works to expand the tax base by creating a welcoming environment that eliminates blight and improves perception of safety in an area; guides the city’s redevelopment efforts; and creates and supports many programs that enhances daily life in Riviera Beach.

ABOUT THE MOSAIC GROUP

The Mosaic Group is a full-service events management, marketing, and public relations firm, which employ experienced specialists to make any event, campaign and community involvement effort successful.  Our clients are organizations that are interested in diversification, increasing their visibility in the community and developing mass marketing opportunities.

(Fort Lauderdale Florida – November 13, 2017) – On November 28, 2017, Morgan Stanley, National Urban League Urban Empowerment Fund (NUL-UEF), National Development Council (NDC), and the Urban League of Broward County (ULBC) will launch a historic initiative to provide minority-owned businesses in Florida with greater access to capital through the Capital Access Fund (CAF) – a lending initiative which provides access to capital and business education for minority entrepreneurs. Through the partnership, CAF and the ULBC’s Entrepreneurship Center will expand its efforts to promote sustainability, create jobs and build community wealth in Florida.

“Minority-owned businesses are the fastest growing segment of small businesses in this country and yet they face many challenges —- access to capital being one of them. The National Urban League is pleased to expand our national partnership with Morgan Stanley and The National Development Council by bringing The Capital Access Fund to Florida,” said Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League. “Vibrant and expanding minority-owned businesses are vital to the future economic growth of this country and The National Urban League will continue to provide both policy and programmatic leadership to ensure this important segment of our business community is not overlooked.”

“The potential of Minority Business Enterprises will only be fully realized when scalable solutions are developed to address the access to the capital challenge which many of these businesses face.  I am excited about the expansion of the Capital Access Fund into Florida as it takes it one step closer to becoming one such solution,” said Don Bowen, president and CEO, National Urban League’s Urban Empowerment Fund.

CAF™ launched in Cleveland in December 2016 as a three-year, $8 million program that provides minority business owners with access to capital as well as pre- and post-loan counseling to ensure the success of its borrowers. With a goal to create or maintain 300 jobs within three years, to date, CAF™ has provided 16 loans totaling $2.5 million which will create over 158 jobs and retain over 197 jobs in the Greater Cleveland community. The CAF™ partners are excited and look forward to a successful expansion to Florida.

“We are thrilled to partner once again with the National Urban League, National Development Council and local partners to provide minority-owned businesses in Florida with greater access to capital through the Capital Access Fund,” said Carla A. Harris, vice chairman, Global Wealth Management, and head of the Multicultural Client Strategy Group, Morgan Stanley. “By providing an initial $2 million in start-up capital, we are proud to have an impact on the economic growth in this community by offering the entrepreneurs who build community wealth with the capital and support services necessary to not only survive, but thrive.”

“Entrepreneurs build up the communities they serve, and we are excited to once again accelerate their impact with CAF,” said Alice Vilma, executive director of Morgan Stanley’s Multicultural Client Strategy Group.  “As leaders in job creation and retention, CAF ensures these entrepreneurs have access to the best national resources with a local focus.”

To launch CAF Florida, the Urban League of Broward County will host the M3 Business Summit: Money, Markets & Management. The Summit will be held at the Urban League of Broward County’s Community Empowerment Center in Fort Lauderdale (560 NW 27th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311) and will serve as an engaging forum of panel discussions and presentations focused on solutions to assist minority-owned businesses with issues faced in today’s business climate.  The goal of the M3 Business Summit is to give minority small business owners the resources needed – technical assistance, market exposure, and capital funding – to grow and develop their businesses.

The Urban League of Broward County entered into an agreement with the State of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) to establish, administer and market a loan guarantee program to stimulate access to credit for minority small business owners. As part of the agreement, the Urban League sought investors to raise private, non-state capital to achieve a required four-to-one match for funds provided by the DEO. The CAF Florida joins initial investors BankUnited and Florida Community Bank in helping ULBC to satisfy the match requirement. “Small businesses provide economic growth to our community,” said Germaine Smith-Baugh, Ed.D., president and CEO of Urban League of Broward County. “The Capital Access Fund partnership means greater opportunity for individuals seeking employment, for families seeking economic empowerment and businesses seeking financial success.”

Featured guests and speakers include Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League; Carla Harris, vice chairman of Morgan Stanley; Bob Davenport of the National Development Council; Nancy Allen, CEO of the Women’s Business Development Council of Florida; Beatrice Louissant, CEO of the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council; along with state and local officials.  The day will begin with opening remarks from CAF partners and will address perspectives on bridging the gaps to capital and networks for underrepresented minority and women entrepreneurs.  In addition, the Summit will cover topics that include attracting investment capital and critical elements for a successful small business.

“This is a unique financing program,” said Bob Davenport, NDC Board Member “The Capital Access Fund in Florida fills a gap that leaves many minority-owned businesses struggling to expand. The CAF provides both financing tools and technical guidance so that small businesses can grow and thrive. We look forward to participating in the M3 Business Summit and to launch this unique financing program in Florida.”

For more information, please visit www.ulbroward.org or call (954) 584-0777.  For media inquiries, contact Ann Marie Sorrell at The Mosaic Group, asorrell@upscalebymosaic.com or 561.651.9565 (O)/561.531.4046 (M).

Interviews are available upon request for the following individuals:

  • President and CEO of National Urban League, Marc H. Morial
  • President and CEO of National Urban League’s Urban Empowerment Fund, Don Bowen
  • Vice Chairman of Global Wealth Management and Head of the Multicultural Client Strategy Group at Morgan Stanley, Carla A. Harris
  • Executive Director of Morgan Stanley’s Multicultural Client Strategy Group, Alice Vilma
  • President and CEO of Urban League of Broward County, Germaine Smith-Baugh
  • NDC Board Member, Bob Davenport

About Urban League of Broward County

The Urban League of Broward County is a not for profit organization founded to empower communities and change lives. Our mission is to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.  Our “Breaking the Cycle” programs uplift more than 11,000 people every year through affordable housing initiatives, youth development, and diversion, employment and training, community empowerment, and civic engagement. Learn more about the Urban League of Broward County by visiting: www.ulbroward.org.

For more information about CAF Partners please visit their websites:

Morgan Stanley: www.morganstanley.com
National Development Council (NDC): www.ndconline.org
National Urban League Urban Empowerment Fund: www.iamempowered.com/programs/urban-empowerment-fund

Monthly ‘Clean & Safe’, ‘Neighborhood Watch’ Program Meetings

(Riviera Beach, FL – November 16, 2017) – The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (RBCRA) (www.rbcra.com) will host a Clean and Safe Neighborhood Watch program monthly meeting every third (3rd) Thursday of each month. The first meeting will be on November 16, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Healthy Food Healthy Living, located at 1101 Avenue E, Riviera Beach, FL  33404. Residents will be provided strategies and best practices to keep their neighborhoods safe and protected and will participate in safety and security workshops in an effort to build strong neighborhood relations.

One of the RBCRA missions is to create a welcoming environment that eliminates blight and improves the perception of safety in the area. The Neighborhood Watch Program consists of an organized group of citizens devoted to improving safety and reducing crime by working together to patrol the Riviera Beach Heights and Park Manor South neighborhoods and report suspicious activities to law enforcement. Riviera Beach residents have the option to also join the Clean and Safe team.

The Ambassadors of the Clean and Safe team works together to make a visible difference in the Riviera Beach CRA district. The team meets every day at Ocean Mall and at the Riviera Beach Marina Village, to greet visitors and work alongside law enforcement to assist with safety and security. The Clean and Safe team assists with neighborhood cleanups including the removal of litter, graffiti stickers and posters within the community and power-washing sidewalks and roadway medians.  Some of the benefits for residents participating in these programs are:

  • Developing strong neighborhood relations
  • Educating residents to recognize suspicious activities and take appropriate action
  • Implementing safety and security measures
  • Contributing to the reduction of home burglaries and neighborhood crimes

“A clean neighborhood is a safe neighborhood and we always look for ways to enrich our community and change the perception of redeveloped neighborhoods,” said Scott Evans, Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency interim executive director. “With both programs, residents become part of the Agency’s continuing efforts to make a difference and provide a clean, safe and economically vital place to live, work and play.”

Meeting locations vary and will be announced each month. For more information please contact the Neimah Spence at nspence@rbcra.com or (561) 693-1171 or visit rbcra.com.

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ABOUT RBCRA

The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is at the heart of the dramatic transformations underway within its district. Formed in 1984, by the Riviera Beach City Council, the CRA provides funding for a wide scope of projects that incentivize economic growth through business attractions and retention; finances new and improved infrastructure for real estate projects; generally works to expand the tax base by creating a welcoming environment that eliminates blight and improves perception of safety in an area; guides the city’s redevelopment efforts; and creates and supports many programs that enhances daily life in Riviera Beach. 

ABOUT THE MOSAIC GROUP

The Mosaic Group is a full-service events management, marketing, and public relations firm, which employ experienced specialists to make any event, campaign and community involvement effort successful.  Our clients are organizations that are interested in diversification, increasing their visibility in the community and developing mass marketing opportunities.

Riviera Beach CRA Presents ‘Movie Daze & Food Truck Frenzy’

(Riviera Beach, FL – November 16, 2017) – One of Riviera Beach Marina Village’s most prominent landmarks, Bicentennial Park (190 E. 13th Street, Riviera Beach, FL), will transform into an ‘outdoor cinema’ every third (3rd) Friday of the month as the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (RBCRA) (www.rbcra.com) presents Movie Daze & Food Truck Frenzy starting November 17, 2017.   Residents are invited to pack their chairs and blankets and join the RBCRA for a family-friendly, fun night out.

Movie Daze mixes classic and modern featured films, such as “The Greatest Turkey Movie of all Times” (November 17); “The Grinch” (December 15); “Disney’s Frozen” (January 19); “Casablanca” (February 16); “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (March 16); “Remembering the Titans” (April 20); “Johnson Family Vacation” (May 18); and “Marvel’s The Avengers” (June 15) to name a few.

Food Truck Frenzy, features ‘restaurants on wheels’ where family and friends can enjoy a variety of food options while watching free family-friendly films surrounded by lush landscaping and stunning views of the Intracoastal.

“We have transformed the Marina Village into a modern waterfront and exciting destination for both our residents and tourists and have included many activities for them to enjoy”, expressed Scott Evans, interim executive director of Riviera Beach Redevelopment Community Agency. “The relaxing views of the Bicentennial Park and its capacity to host shows, concerts, and festivals, allows us to create something enthusing for our visitors and we look forward to continuing offering great selections of events.”

The RBCRA shows continued commitment to engage with and give back to the community through events such as Movie Daze & Food Truck Frenzy, the Riviera Market at Marina Village which takes place every Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., water sports, eco-tours and more.

Food Truck Frenzy starts at 5:00 p.m. followed by Movie Daze at 7:00 p.m. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. For additional information on movie listings and/or food truck displays, call (561) 881-7438 or visit www.rbcra.com.

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ABOUT RBCRA

The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is at the heart of the dramatic transformations underway within its district. Formed in 1984, by the Riviera Beach City Council, the CRA provides funding for a wide scope of projects that incentivize economic growth through business attractions and retention; finances new and improved infrastructure for real estate projects; generally works to expand the tax base by creating a welcoming environment that eliminates blight and improves perception of safety in an area; guides the city’s redevelopment efforts; and creates and supports many programs that enhances daily life in Riviera Beach.

ABOUT THE MOSAIC GROUP

The Mosaic Group is a full-service events management, marketing, and public relations firm, which employ experienced specialists to make any event, campaign and community involvement effort successful.  Our clients are organizations that are interested in diversification, increasing their visibility in the community and developing mass marketing opportunities.