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Oye Boricua! Tu producto llego

The “Boricua Tu Producto Llego” was the brain child of The Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chambers of Broward,Palm Beach and Polk Counties. Catalysts in promoting products of our members , now this group of professionals are helping to implement one of the iconic products of the island of Puerto Rico, MEDALL…. http://on.fb.me/Iyris3

How to Take Advantage of New Federal Contracting Rules Women-Owned Businesses

 A decade in the making, the Small business Administration finally put in plac rules for its women-owned small business federal contract program. Here’s how you can work it. More here… http://bit.ly/qpKMrx

eMarketer Webinar - Digital Ad Trends March 22nd @ 2pm

What’s Behind the Spendng Boom?

Even as spending as spending growth stalls in more traditional media, digital continues to climb…Mre here http://bit.ly/AkZL39

Women’s History Month - Recognizing Local Heroes

Women’s History Month

 

Recognizing Local Heroes

 

“What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple.  Whether you are willing to do it, that’s another matter.”  – Peter F. Drucker

  It’s funny how we look for heroes in movies, sports, reality TV. shows, online and in books. We parrot what they and our immediate sphere of influence says about success, and are willing to buy thousands of dollars in motivational and ‘how to’ materials yet never pay attention to the rich knowledge and wisdom of our local achievers. The saying ‘familiarity brings contempt’ comes to mind. She doesn’t have her own talk show, or he’s never appeared on late night. So why should I listen? What if I told you some of the leaders in South Florida’s construction, consulting, commercial cleaning and concessions industry owe their start to being provided with the blueprint for acquiring federal, state and local  government contracts by our featured businesswoman of the week?

  Sylvia Y. Grinan learned about serving her community, hard work and diligence in the from her mother Sylvia C. Grinan a leader in Florida’s civil rights movement and the first Black-Hispanic woman to integrate the Hillsborough County school system. It would play a major role in her becoming one of the top investigators for the Florida Commission on Human Relations. The FCHR was created to eliminate discrimination in the workplace. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who was the first woman to Chair the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), would oversee the FCHR and monitor it and other state organization’s like it, in order to progress in combating discrimination.

Sylvia would later be appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles to the Florida task force to also create a one stop certification process. She was appointed by the Florida Department of Transportation to participate in Unified Certification Program (UCP) task force to also create a one-stop certification process.

After working for the Broward County Government t Office of Small & Disadvantaged businesses for nearly two decades she retired in 2005, a year after opening Grinan Diversity-Inclusion Consulting Services (GDICS). Her firm specializes in consulting small and minority owned business on how to:          1.) Acquire Federal and local Government contracts. 2.) Create a start-up structure for your business.   3.) Follow up on all applications submitted to the respective counties to ensure your business fulfills all legal requirements. 4.) Assist with completing and following up on necessary Vendor application requests submitted to the city/county to procure contracts.

We salute Sylvia Y. Grinan for her tireless service to the Florida business community and will be honoring her at the Girls to Women ‘Little Black dress Party’ charity event on March 30th.

www.GrinanConsulting.com

Upcoming speaking engagements:

-          City of Hollywood’s Office of Business and International Trade, presents “Get Certified to do Business with Federal, State and Local Agencies” workshop on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Workshop will be held at the Hollywood Branch Library, 2600 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, FL 33021 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

 

 

-          Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Institute Presents:

The 2nd Annual Small BusinessHands on Certification Workshop

 

DATE:  MARCH 22TH, 2012

TIME:   4:30 PM – 7:30 PM

PRICE:   $175 (MEMBERS)/ $200 (NON-MEMBERS)

PLACE:  5581 W. Oakland Park Blvd. (Multi-purpose room 135) Lauderhill FL 33319

 

-          Receives a community leadership award at Girls to Women: ‘Little Black Dress Party’

Date: Friday, March 30th, 2012

Time: 8pm – 11pm   

Place: Off The Trax Restaurant & Lounge – 1595 W. Oakland Park Blvd., 

         Ft Lauderdale FL 33311

Local business leaders that Sylvia has assisted in becoming major players in South Florida: Dwight Stephenson - Stephenson Construction; Cheryl Dickey – Dickey Consulting; McKinnley Financial; Claudia Williams – Concession station @ Hollywood, Ft Lauderdale International Airport; Sherry Rudolph - Legally Clean.

Celebrating Women - IWD & NWHM?

National Women’s History Month

&

International Women’s Day

 

 

How did it come about anyway?

 In 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York 68 women and 32 men sign a ‘Declaration of Sentiments,’ outlining grievances and set the foundation of the women’s rights movement in the United States.  Trailblazers like, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton who formed the National Woman Suffrage Association which would later become the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) and serve as the organization that won women the right to vote.  Decade after decade later women would fight to make this nation live up to the promises our forefathers intended for all its citizens, one of which is equality. Women such as Mary McLeod Bethune would organize the National Council of Negro Women, a coalition of black women’s groups that lobbied against job discrimination, racism and sexism.  It is however, after over a century of struggle, the events of the 1960’s and 1970’s that would bring about International Women’s Day (IWD) and Women’s History Month.

  In 1963 after President John F. Kennedy’s Commission on the Status of Women issued its 2 year report citing substantial discrimination against women in the work place, Congress would pass the Equal Pay Act.  The Act would make it illegal to pay a woman less than what a man would receive for the same job.  With all this history being made one was hard pressed to find women’s contributions to our nation, nor their role in history being taught in schools.  To address this, the Education Task       Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a “Women’s History Week” celebration for 1978. The week of March 8th was chosen the focal point of the observance.  Other learning institutions in several states would look to the Sonoma County format as a model or platform for a national day/week-long celebration.

In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter would issue the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the week of March 8th, 1980 as National Women’s History Week. In the same year, then freshmen Congresswoman Barbara Mikulski (D) and Senator Orrin Hatch(R) co-sponsored a Congressional resolution for National Women’s History Week 1981. This resolution would mark the beginning of bipartisan support for recognizing, honoring and celebrating the Achievements of American women.

The final piece of the puzzle would be added in 1986 after 14 states had already declared March as Women’s History Month, Congress would declare March 1987 as Women’s History Month in perpetuity.

So to the wives, mothers, sisters, daughters and women of all backgrounds throughout the country and the world we say thank you and we love you!

Omahar K. Stephenson

Brandvertize.com  

    

 

Sources:

http://www.nwhp.org

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/womenstimeline2.html

Celebrating Women - IWD & NWHM?

National Women’s History Month

&

International Women’s Day

 

 

How did it come about anyway?

 In 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York 68 women and 32 men sign a ‘Declaration of Sentiments,’ outlining grievances and set the foundation of the women’s rights movement in the United States.  Trailblazers like, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton who formed the National Woman Suffrage Association which would later become the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) and serve as the organization that won women the right to vote.  Decade after decade later women would fight to make this nation live up to the promises our forefathers intended for all its citizens, one of which is equality. Women such as Mary McLeod Bethune would organize the National Council of Negro Women, a coalition of black women’s groups that lobbied against job discrimination, racism and sexism.  It is however, after over a century of struggle, the events of the 1960’s and 1970’s that would bring about International Women’s Day (IWD) and Women’s History Month.

  In 1963 after President John F. Kennedy’s Commission on the Status of Women issued its 2 year report citing substantial discrimination against women in the work place, Congress would pass the Equal Pay Act.  The Act would make it illegal to pay a woman less than what a man would receive for the same job.  With all this history being made one was hard pressed to find women’s contributions to our nation, nor their role in history being taught in schools.  To address this, the Education Task       Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a “Women’s History Week” celebration for 1978. The week of March 8th was chosen the focal point of the observance.  Other learning institutions in several states would look to the Sonoma County format as a model or platform for a national day/week-long celebration.

In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter would issue the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the week of March 8th, 1980 as National Women’s History Week. In the same year, then freshmen Congresswoman Barbara Mikulski (D) and Senator Orrin Hatch(R) co-sponsored a Congressional resolution for National Women’s History Week 1981. This resolution would mark the beginning of bipartisan support for recognizing, honoring and celebrating the Achievements of American women.

The final piece of the puzzle would be added in 1986 after 14 states had already declared March as Women’s History Month, Congress would declare March 1987 as Women’s History Month in perpetuity.

So to the wives, mothers, sisters, daughters and women of all backgrounds throughout the country and the world we say thank you and we love you!

Omahar K. Stephenson

Brandvertize.com  

    

 

Sources:

http://www.nwhp.org

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/womenstimeline2.html

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