We are pleased to announce the support of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) for the African Union Expo 2016

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We are pleased to announce the support of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) for the African Union Expo 2016. the SBA SDBCs they are as follows:

  • Columbia University Business School, Harlem 
  • CUNY, York College 
  • CUNY, City Tech
  • CUNY, Lehman College

Visit AfricanUnionExpo.org for more information for Merchants and general Attendees or email  info@africanunionexpo.com or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8002

U.S. Small Business Administration, Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) will be delivering the sessions related to export finance, and export  strategy, Business planning, Marketing and e-commerce.

About the SDBCs

The Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center (CHSBDC) has been part of the community of Upper Manhattan since 2009. Funded partially by the United States Small Business Administration, the CHSBDC is one of 900 centers across the country that offer free business advice and training provided by qualified small business professionals to existing and future entrepreneurs.

Unlike other small business assistance programs, we offer intensive one-on-one counseling to our clients, allowing us to truly build a strong relationship with them. We have thus cultivated a network of experts, mentors and program alumni in all industries, some of which are willing to assist new clients in need. Our connection to Columbia Business School also gives our clients access to world-renowned faculty members, business students, and alumni business leaders.

Located in Columbia Business School, the center is committed to supporting the economic sustainability of New Yorkers—one business at a time.

http://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/sbdc/about

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Brooklyn Small Business Development Center

We think New York is great for small business — and so do our clients.

Since our start in 1986, the expert advisors of the Brooklyn SBDC have worked directly with 14,114 businesses, helping them to invest $83,219,174 in the area’s economy, and create or save 3,862 jobs.

If you or your business reside in New York, the SBDC can maneuver you around the obstacles to success.  Among other things, we help our clients:

  • understand the importance of a business plan
  • discover sources of funding
  • prepare for e-commerce
  • identify avenues for exporting goods & services
  • develop marketing plans
  • assess an invention’s viability
  • comply with licensing & regulations

And thanks to our partners in the public and private sectors, our services are free of charge.

http://www.nyssbdc.org/centers/centers.aspx?centid=28

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Small Business Development Center, York College 

Since our start in 1988, The New York Small Business Development Center at York College has achieved over $125 Million in economic impact through loans they helped their clients obtain. The expert advisers have worked with 14,468 businesses, and have created or saved 3,979 jobs.

https://www.york.cuny.edu/conted/sbdc

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We welcome the support of the Empire State Development Corporation for the 2nd annual African Union Expo 2016

We welcome the support of the New York State Empire State Development  Corporation again to the Expo this year.

Visit AfricanUnionExpo.org for more information for Merchants and general Attendees or email  info@africanunionexpo.com or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8002

Mr. Ibrahima S. Souare will be delivering the session titled: “Doing Business with New York State.isouare

Ibrahima S. Souare is a native of the Francophone Republic of Guinea-Conakry. He immigrated to the United States at the age of seven with his family. Mr. Souare has spent majority of his upbringing in New York City, and speaks three languages in addition to English, which are, French, Manike, and Susu. Mr. Souare is a graduate of the City University of New York Lehman College, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

Economic development has become a passion for Mr. Souare–and he has and continues to develop his expertise in the areas of enterprise launch planning, market expansion, and capacity building. Mr. Souare is also an instructor with New York City Department of Small Business Services where he holds seminar classes on business planning and business marketing strategies.

Currently, he is a Senior Business Development Associate with the New York State agency, Empire State Development under its Division of Minority and Women Business Development.     

Mr. Souare, outside of work, is the Director of Student Outreach for The Council of Young African Leaders. He is also a member of Sigma Phi Rho Fraternity Inc. where holds the position of National Public Relations Officer.

We are honored to announce the support of NYS Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie for the 2nd annual African Union Expo 2016

We are honored to announce the support of NYS assembly speaker Carl E. Heastie for the 2nd annual African Union Expo 2016.

Visit AfricanUnionExpo.org for more information for Merchants and general Attendees or email  info@africanunionexpo.com or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8002

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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY

 

November 15, 2016

Dear Friends:

Please accept my sincere greetings as you gather to celebrate the African Union Expo LLC, Go Africa Capital LLC, and The Go Africa Network Inc.’s 2nd annual African Union Expo 2016.

The proud beginning of this event was to strengthen the economic, social and governmental cooperation between Africa and America. This year’s Expo will focus on understanding the importance of a business plan and discovering sources of funding. This unique opportunity for entrepreneurs, startups and companies to engage, interact and learn formative knowledge will help advance the awareness and socio-economic development of Africa through local and international outreach initiatives for the evolving future.

This innovative Expo will highlight and reinforce the economic, political and social ties between the African Union Member countries and the United States of America – bringing together businessmen and political leaders to exchange views and news on promoting trade and investment opportunities. This is an opportunity for government and companies to engage and interact to better understand our evolving futures.

Again, congratulations on your 2nd annual African Union Expo, and best wishes to The Go Africa Capital LLC and The Go Africa Network, Inc. for continued success.

Sincerely,

CARL E. HEASTIE

Speaker

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Agency Profile: We are proud to welcome Minority Business Center Bronx, NY to the African Union Expo 2016

The Minority Business Center Bronx, New York, will be providing business, consulting and related services for small businesses during the Expo.

Visit AfricanUnionExpo.org for more information for Merchants and general Attendees or email  info@africanunionexpo.com or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8002

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The Minority Business Center Bronx, New York, is one of two centers in the New York area, and of 33 centers throughout the nation.

The Minority Business Center Bronx, NY is operated and managed by the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO).  SoBRO’s business programs have a proven track record of providing assistance to minority entrepreneurs since 1972.  These programs, in conjunction with the staff expertise of the Minority Business Center, will allow for comprehensive assistance to minority businesses across all categories.

Our Center is committed to providing business owners with the knowledge, skills, and access to resources they need to grow and prosper.logo_mbda

Through strategic and community partnerships, as well as our business assistance programs; such as: PTAC, M/WBE Technical Assistance, Industrial Business Zone program, EAP and Credit Inc. (CDFI), we ensure that entrepreneurs not only reach their goals, but excel beyond them.

The Center’s staff of business professionals will continue to grow strategic relationships with banks, loan officers, city, state and federal agency staff, chambers of commerce, and private sector companies to provide the broadest selection of opportunities for success in the local and global economy.

Location:

555 Bergen Avenue, 3rd Floor- Bronx, New York 10455

T 718. 732.7580 F 718.292.3115

shiggins@sobro.org

http://www.mbda.gov/businesscenters/southbronx

The types of Coffee Beans used in Go Africa®Coffee (Q&A)

You can buy Go Africa Coffee at:  www.amazon.com/shops/GoAfricaStore

 

The types of Coffee Beans used in Go Africa®Coffee

We have received so many inquiries regarding which beans are used in Go Africa Coffee. Since we source are beans from the following countries: (Ethiopia, Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire, Tanzania, Cameroon, and Democratic Republic of the Congo) the short answer is it depends.

images-4We have asked our resident Coffeelogist and Chief Roaster, Losseni Kone, to help provide an answer.

Coffee aficionados of all levels have without a doubt heard the words “Robusta” or “Arabica” However, Coffee is much more complex than just type of Coffee.

Below is a list of Countries and Types of beans sourced from the country for Go Africa Coffee. Keep in mind a Country can source more than one type of bean:

  • images-2Ethiopia: (Arabica, Sadamo (Yirgachefe and Guji))
  • Kenya: (Bourbon, French Mission)
  • Côte d’Ivoire (Arabica, Gros Idente, Excelsea, Kouilou and Petit Indenize)
  • Tanzania: (Robusta)
  • Cameroon: (Arabica)
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: (Robusta)

 

 

Below is a detail description of each type and subclass of Coffee Beans grown in the various regions of Africa.

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Not all of Africa’s coffee production is limited to Robusta, however. Here’s an overview of the different coffee varieties that are grown frequently across the African continent (keep in mind that while some of these coffees are considered single origin in nature, most like Arabica and Robusta are not):

  • Sadamo:A type of Arabica (which you can find elsewhere in this list) grown as a single origin coffee source in Sadamo, Ethiopia, this variety of coffee is a small bean that produces a rich, spicy and almost chocolatey flavor. Individual types of Ethiopian Sadamo include Yirgachefe and Guji, both known to be of high quality. Another type of Ethiopian coffee is Harar, which is another Arabica but not grown in Sadamo. More on these types of coffees later.
  • Liberica:Coffea Liberica is a species separate from Arabica as well. It typically grows in the western areas of Africa – most notably Liberia. Liberica’s taste is closer to Robusta than that of Arabica, and the beans grow on trees that can grow as high as 10 to 15 meters tall.
    Gros Idente: Similar to Liberica, Gros Idente coffee is grown in large trees in the western areas of Africa, such as the Ivory Coast.
  • Arabica:Yes, for all of our talk about Robusta growing in Africa, it can be easy to forget that Arabica coffee is also grown in Africa. Typically, the environments suited for growing Arabica in Africa are in mountainous areas – places like the mainland of the Ivory Coast and Cameroon are typical spots where Arabica coffee is grown. only-on-amazon-gacoffee
  • Excelsea:Like Liberica coffee, these trees grow high. In fact, they are also grown in the Ivory Coast which contributes to much of their similarities to Liberica and Gros Idente coffees.
  • Robusta:Much of the African environment is suitable for Robusta growing, typically the lower-lying areas in the equatorial regions of Africa. Robusta is grown just about everywhere from Madagascar to Gabon – even if Vietnam is a leading producer of Robusta coffee, its African roots are hard to shake off.
  • Kouilou and Petit Indenize:Grown inland along the Ivory Coast, these are actually smaller coffee trees.
  • Bourbon:This type of coffee was already mentioned before, but its influence in African coffee is difficult to understate. Bourbon was planted in Reunion – an island off the eastern coast of Madagascar – in the 18th century. The type of coffee then mutated, producing Bourbon coffee, which was then moved around the world and cultivated in different areas.
  • French Mission:This refers to a type of Bourbon coffee that was planted by French missionaries in areas of East Africa around the turn of the 20th century. A Kenyan type of this coffee known as K7 is also grown in Africa.
  • Mayaguez:Another subset of Bourbon coffee, this coffee is grown in Rwanda. Typically, the Bourbon coffees planted in Africa are spread throughout the eastern portions of the continent and Madagascar.

Considering the degree of geographical, environmental, and climate differences on a large continent like Africa, it’s not surprising that so many different varieties of coffee are produced there to some degree – including the world-popular Arabica.images-4

Coffee aficionados of all levels have without a doubt heard the words “Robusta” or “Arabica”. If you aren’t familiar with either, these two terms describe the two different species of beans grown commercially. They are the same in that when harvested, roasted and eventually brewed to become that magical thing we call coffee. However, that’s where the similarities end. Robusta and Arabica differ when it comes to taste, growing environments and quality:

Taste

Robusta has a neutral to harsh taste range and is often likened to having an “oatmeal-like” taste. When unroasted, the smell of Robusta beans is described as raw-peanutty.

Arabicas, on the other hand, have a very wide taste range (depending on its varietal). The range differs from sweet-soft to sharp-tangy. When unroasted, Arabica beans smell like blueberries. Their roasted smell is described as perfumey with notes of fruit and sugar tones.

Growing environments

Robusta coffee beans come from a resilient plant that is able to be grown in low altitudes of 200-800 meters. Robusta beans aren’t very susceptible to damage done by pests. Additionally, they produce more finished product per acre and require fairly low production costs.images-3

Contrariwise, Arabica coffee beans are fragile and must grow in cool, subtropical climates.  Arabica beans also need a lot of moisture, rich soil, shade and sun. Because of their fragility, Arabica beans are vulnerable to attack from various pests and can be damaged by cold temperatures or poor handling. This type of bean also needs to be grown at a higher elevation (600-2000 meters).

Which bean is better? 

No contest!  If you had to choose between an Arabica bean and a Robusta bean, it’s important to always choose Arabica.images-1

Robusta fosters use mono-cropping, the practice of growing the same plant every year in one place. It yields more space since it involves clear-cutting the forest for the crop. Because Robusta is more a resilient plant than the delicate Arabica, it can be grown in more places. Large coffee companies buy huge amounts of rainforest, clear-cut the land and plant Robusta beans. Robusta is often mixed with Arabica,  allowing the coffee companies to save a pretty penny and serve you a crappy cup. Not to mention, mono-cropping, when done excessively, also erodes soil and demolishes nutrients making the soil nearly unusable.

Merchant Profile: We are proud to welcome Behind The Curl. as a Merchant at the African Union Expo 2016

Behind The Curl, will be providing Hair Care products and services during the Expo.

Visit AfricanUnionExpo.org for more information for Merchants and general Attendees or email  info@africanunionexpo.com or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8002

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Behind The Curl, sells organic hair/skin products for men and women.Behind The Curl is based in Harlem, New York and also sells their products  online at behindthecurl.com. Behind The Curl’s products are made in the US with 100% organic raw shea butter and essential oils. They are designed to soften hair and skin and to moisturize and seal the hair cuticle. cropped-btc-logo-for-wordpress1

Behind The Curl, can be reach on  social media via  @behindthecurl on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Email Address: info@behindthecurl.com

Mailing Address: 330 E 109th Street #6D New York, NY 10029

Phone: 646-765-1390

Financial Services Merchant Profile: We are proud to welcome BOC Capital Corp. as a Merchant at the African Union Expo 2016

BOC Capital will be providing  Financial services assistance and will also be participating in the Business review sessions for selected candidates.
Visit AfricanUnionExpo.org for more information for Merchants and general Attendees or email  info@africanunionexpo.com or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8002

About BOC Capital:  @BOCNetwork

Founded in 2001, BOC Capital Corp., an affiliate of the Business Outreach Center (BOC) Network, is a not-for-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and a certified Community Development Entity (CDE) dedicated to providing micro-enterprise financing, with a special focus on small-business, women, minority and immigrant entrepreneurs. boc-capital-google-searchdownload

Locations:

Bronx Office:

1231 Lafayette Avenue

Bronx, New York 10474

Queens Office:
96-11 40th Road
Corona, NY 11368

Brooklyn/Central Office:
85 South Oxford Street, 2nd Fl.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
tel.: 718 624-9115

Merchant Profile: We are proud to welcome Vivere chocolates as a Merchant at the African Union Expo 2016

Vivere chocolates will be providing samples highlighting their  chocolates and other products and services.
Visit AfricanUnionExpo.org for more information for Merchants and general Attendees or email  info@africanunionexpo.com or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8002

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Vivere! pronounced (vi-ve-re) meaning: TO LIVE!

Vivere is not only the name of the company but the very premise the company is founded on. In a world where distraction and despair can easily consume your day, we choose to celebrate life and live it on our own terms. This coupled with our love for amazing chocolate has lead us here. We worked with seasoned chocolatiers to develop a line of confections that we are proud to bring to you. It is said that time is the one true luxury and we believe there’s always time for chocolate. 

Our artisanal chocolates are handmade using a premium blend of all natural, 70% chocolate and fresh cream ganaches, which are crafted out of a blend of cacao beans from Africa, Central America, and South America.

Contact Us

We love to hear from our customers!Contact our Chocolate Shoppe to place an order by phone, inquire about a product, or request a catalog.

info@cocoavivere.com

Phone: 908.509.1848

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Standard Hours for Telephone Ordering and Inquiries:

Monday-Thursday 9:00am – 6:00pm Central Time
Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm Central Time

Address:
Vivere Corporate Office:
210 High Street.
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

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Connect with us on Facebook to hear about our new products, promotions, contests, tasting events and more.

Merchant Profile: We are proud to welcome The Harlem Brewing Co. as a Merchant at the African Union Expo 2016

The Harlem Brewing Company will be providing  beer and food pairings with African & Caribbean cuisines highlighting the alligator pepper  and other spices in the their products.
Visit AfricanUnionExpo.org for more information for Merchants and general Attendees or email  info@africanunionexpo.com or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8002

Celeste Beatty and her team are a minority women owned business that has been doing great things since their inception. The product are now carried by FreshDirect & WalMart which speaks volumes towards their journey and success.

More details on the Harlem Brewing Company are below:

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the first brews were made in her studio apartment right across from Marcus Garvey Park. She’d finally opened the gift of a home brew kit that sat in the closet for several weeks (that might explain why the first brewed weren’t such a hit). So, she kept on brewing, never giving up on perfecting her recipes. After challenges trying to open a local brewery, she took her home grown recipes to Olde Saratoga Brewery, working closely with Paul and Chris, both fine brewers, Beer (1)bottling her flagship Harlem Brew-Sugar Hill Golden Ale. On June 19, 2001,none of the packaging materials were ready so recycled beer boxes were gathered. With the amazing support from family, friends and neighbors (Uncle Arthur drove a Penske truck full of the first batch of beer over the river and through an upstate area called Harlem Valley back to 125th Street), Harlem Brewing Company launched at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

visit http://www.harlembrewing.com for more information HBCLogo

Introducing Go Africa Coffee in new 5 Ibs and 4 oz bags sizes on Amazon

We are happy to introduce Go Africa Coffee in new 5 Ibs and 4 oz  bag sizes. visit www.amazon.com/shops/GoAfricaStore  or wwww.GoAfricaStore.com 

The new bags provide the following benefits:

  • Go Africa Coffee, 5-pound bag: Designed for the restaurants, businesses, special events and other activities where a large amount of coffee is required at a competitive price. Special delivery and purchasing options are available. please email such requests to coffee_cust@goafricastore.com or call 646-502-9778 ext 8004
  • Go Africa Coffee, 4oz bag: designed for the person who consumes a small of coffee per week or would like super fresh experience by opening a new bags of coffee often. Perfect for gift giving.only-on-amazon-gacoffee

A complete listing of all bags sizes available for purchase are below:

  • Go Africa Coffee, 4oz bag: designed for the person who consumes a small of coffee per week or would like super fresh experience by opening a new bags of coffee often. Perfect for gift giving.
  • Go Africa Coffee, 8oz bag: Designed for the person who consumes about 2-3 cups of coffee per day and desires the freshest cup of coffee all the time. Also perfect for gift giving
  • Go Africa Coffee, 12oz bag: Designed for the person, family or group who consumes about 2-3 cups of coffee per day and desires the freshest cup of coffee all the time. Also perfect for gift giving
  • Go Africa Coffee, 16oz bag: Designed for the person, family or group who consumes a large amount of coffee every 1 -2 weeks and desires the freshest cup of coffee all the time.  Special delivery and purchasing options are available. please email such requests to coffee_cust@goafricastore.com or call 646-502-9778 ext 8004
  • Go Africa Coffee, 32oz bag: Designed for the person, family or group who consumes a very large amount of coffee every 1 -2 weeks and desires the freshest cup of coffee all the time.  Special delivery and purchasing options are available. please email such requests to coffee_cust@goafricastore.com or call 646-502-9778 ext 8004
  • Go Africa Coffee, 5-pound bag: Designed for the restaurants, businesses, special events and other activities where a large amount of coffee is required at a competitive price.  Special delivery and purchasing options are available. please email such requests to coffee_cust@goafricastore.com or call 646-502-9778 ext 8004

Go Africa Coffee is sold exclusively on Amazon nationwide. You can reach us at coffee_cust@goafricastore.com or call 646-502-9778 ext 8004 or at GoAfricaStore.com  or www.amazon.com/shops/GoAfricaStore