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July 16, 2009

Columbia Community Business Program Companies Thrive As They Reach One Year Mark

Columbia Community Business Program Companies Thrive As They Reach One Year Mark


Last summer The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center established the Columbia Community Business Program (CCBP), a Program designed to support the growth and development of businesses and not-for-profit organizations in Upper Manhattan.

The Program fosters a business community and offer participants access to Columbia University resources from the Business, Law and Engineering Schools, as well as group and individual meetings featuring professionally facilitated peer learning.

Twelve owners of local businesses that make at least $250,000 or more were accepted into the pilot group. The companies represent a range of industries, including education, food services, retail, real estate development, new media and transportation services.

The participants, listed below, met as a group last November and are expected to meet regularly over a two-year period:

Leroy Johnson
Symphony Printing

Rashida Mendes ’04
RM Development

Amelia Soter
Morningside Bookshop

Jamyang Tseten

Organic Forever

Patricia Charlemagne
Future Leaders Institute Charter School

John Lowy
The River Room

Rahel Tekeste
Massawa Restaurant and Eden Salon & Spa

Neil Caesar
Digiwaxx LLC

Anne Whitman
Hudson Moving & Storage

Princess Jenkins
The Brownstone

Yaela Datuin
Eretz International

Kevin Walters
Creole Restaurant

The last gathering for the summer will take place on July 13. The group will reconvene again in the fall.

Watch a video about the Program.



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Millennials Rising: What's Next for Sustainability?

When: October 31, 2014,
8:30 am-6:00pm

The Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
Between 45th and 46th Streets
New York, NY 10036

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The annual Social Enterprise Conference at Columbia Business School brings together thought leaders from across private, nonprofit, public, and academic sectors to share best practices, debate critical issues, and collaborate on innovative concepts to inspire change. Through interactive sessions, keynote speakers, workshops, a pitch competition, and networking opportunities, the conference presents guests with the opportunity to partake in the most important business and societal conversation of this new era. For updates on speakers and sessions, please visit the conference website.

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