BY Jared McCallister for NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Roy Hastick , founder, president and CEO of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (center) speaks at the 2013 Caribbean Week Diaspora Forum, presented by the Caribbean Tourism Organization. Hastick was flanked by U.S. Virgin Islands Tourism Commissioner and CTO chairperson Beverly Nicholson-Doty (l.) and George Hulse, vice president at the Healthfirst health insurance firm. With Hastick at the helm, charting a course for the future, the chamber is marking its 30th birthday this year.
The Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s upcoming small-businesses lending session seems like just another gathering. But this event and multitude of activities and accomplishments are symbolic of the organization, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
A dinner and special tribute to the chamber’s founding members and corporate sponsors will be held July 30 in Brooklyn at the Tropical Paradise Ballroom, 1367 Utica Ave. (between Foster Ave. and Farragut Road), starting at 6 p.m.
It’s been a long, prosperous road for the chamber, which began in 1985 with president/founder Roy Hastick; his wife, Eda Harris-Hastick, another chamber founder; chamber members, and supporters. They’ve created more than 800 seminars, workshops and small-business clinics; trade missions to the Caribbean, and business networking meetings like the lending event next Friday at the chamber’s Brooklyn Navy Yard headquarters.
“It is hard to believe that 30 years has passed since (the chamber) was launched in New York State, and we are continuing to grow and expand,” said Hastick, noting that the group is on the verge of attaining a long-sought-after goal — the establishment of the first-ever Caribbean American Trade and Culture Center, which will include organization offices, affordable housing, a redeveloped Flatbush Caton Market, a museum and community space.
To get information about the chamber, its services, the 30th anniversary dinner and Friday’s small-business lending session, call (718) 834-4544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. And visit the chamber’s website, www.caccitradecenter.com.