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CABA’s Gala Dinner Draws NJ Governor

By Allison Skeete

CaribWorldNews, NEWARK, NJ, Weds. June 10, 2009: The Caribbean American Business Association of New Jersey hosted it annual gala dinner recently and the four-year-old not-for-profit organization showcased its clout by bringing out New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine. 

The governor attended the cocktail hour and engaged in conversations with the group of successful entrepreneurs of Caribbean ancestry who are minority business owners in the state he leads. 

Along with the Counsel Generals of Grenada and Trinidad & Tobago, Corzine listened to concerns about stimulus funding for businesses owned by the group that represents a growing part of many constituencies in the United States.  He also spoke as dinner began, giving much hope that they will be able to continue doing business in this difficult economic time.

NJ Council Official Elsie Dublin-Foster shared with guests that the New Jersey governor was the first to create an official box to check for Caribbean American residents of this state; a bit of information very relevant today as the New York Group CaribID 2010 is seeking to have that very same box become a part of the US Census form. 

CABA will host its last meeting of the year on June 18, 2009 with CARIBID2010’s Felicia Persaud and her group as special guests to join in the push for Caribbean Americans to get the ancestry box included on the US Census forms.

The Gala Dinner was the stage for CABA to honor those in the New Jersey business community and this year the group heralded such stalwarts like Deborah Collins, Esq., who serves in Essex County as the Executive Director, Economic Development Corporation and director, Small Business Development and Affirmative Action; Judge Julien Neals, currently Corporation Counsel for the City of Newark and Dr. Trevor Layne, a leading oncologist in New Jersey.

They were recognized for their strength, courage, vision and commitment in upholding a positive image in the community.