August Newsletter – Texas Caribbean Resources Alliance

July 22, 2013


Caribbean-Heritage-Small--Business-ForumOn Saturday June 8, 2013, members of the Houston Caribbean Small Business and Entrepreneur community gathered at Cool Runnings Jamaican Grill to be part of the Caribbean American Heritage Month Small Business Forum with the participation of the South Central Regional Office of the United States Small Business Administration and Houston SCORE.

The small business forum served as an educational forum to empower local Caribbean small business owners about the many incentives and available programs throughout the city.

Houston’s SCORE Beth Shapiro made an incredible and compelling presentation to the group whom were pleased with the information being provided. Houston City Council Member Larry Green was the meeting’s Special Guest. Council Member Green is also the area’s council representative in the City Council and encouraged the group to continue the advocacy and work with his office.


Houston-Caribfest-2013The 11th Annual Houston Caribbean Festival took place during the week of July 2nd to July 7th with events that included Operation Carnaval Ultra Glow All White Gala, Jouvert and the annual Parade of the bands at Tom Bass Park with participating mass bands that included Adrenaline, Bad Habits and Houston Madd Colors—whose “Wonderland” presentation won the 2013 Houston Caribbean Festival Band of the Year.

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The Family and Kids Day at the Mall, is a family event held in Houston in honor of Caribbean-American Heritage Month, the occasion commemorating the contributions and ingenuity of the Caribbean community to the development and advancement of society.

The city of Houston has a large population of this upcoming community whose own diversity is a reflection of Houston’s international image. Composed of Native, Amerindian, African, East Indian, Pacific, European and American descent, the Houston Caribbean Community is the city’s upcoming and diverse community. Many thanks to PlazAmericas, Soca Passion, St. Kitts and Nevis Association of Houston, One Love Caribbean Newspaper, the Houston Dynamo, Houston Colombian Festival, Revista Hispana, Houston Honduran Festival, Cool Runnings Jamaican Grill, Jugglers United, Barbados Association of Houston, St. Lucia Association of Texas, Texas House Representative Dr. Alma Allen, Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis, Houston Mayor Anise Parker, Houston City Councilman Jerry Davis, Houston City Councilman Larry Green, Houston City Councilman Mike Laster, Houston Association of Panamanians, Houston Caribbean Festival, the entire Houston Madd Colors membership and Family, Empress Promotions and models who are part of this celebration, Houston Bad Habits Masquerade bands and all participants of the Houston Parade of Bands on Sunday July 7th, COGUA, The Young Houston Magazine,DJ VYBZ, DJ NATURAL TOUCH, DJ DANY BOY, DJ SILLENT KILLA, Local Media Texas Caribbean Round Table, Dr. Claire Nelson and the Institute of Caribbean Studies, The White House for the Proclamation of June as Caribbean-American Heritage Month.

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