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Business Certification Workshop
Are you a small business owner? Do you have questions about, Certification, Financing and
Government Procurement Opportunities?
This workshop is for you!!!
To register, visit www.mscpc.com click on “Events Calendar” and click on May 15, 2018 for a direct link to register.
The event is free to the general public.
Location: Knight Non Profit Center, 11975 Seaway Road Gulfport, MS 39503
May 15, 2018 at 6pm - 8pm
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Light Refreshments will be served.
Update on the Kellogg Initiative-Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation from our board member, Jona Burton :
One of our board members, Jona Burton, recently attended a Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Orientation Session in Canton, MS. Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation is an initiative of the Kellogg Foundation to increase healing dialogue around race in America. This past January, Steps Coalition participated in Kellogg's National Day of Racial Healing and received declarations from six major Coast cities declaring January 17th as the National Day of Racial Healing--Pass Christian, Ocean Springs, D'Iberville, Gulfport, Gautier, and Biloxi. We also hosted a racial healing prayer ceremony including faith leaders from Christian, Islamic, Hindu, and Jewish faiths. Finally, Steps Coalition's previous director, Roberta Avila, and current board member, Glenn Cobb, conducted a racial healing ceremony in Gulfport which included their police force and Mayor Billy Hewes of Gulfport as well as various local community members. Ms. Burton's attendance at the orientation session last month is part of Steps Coalition's effort to continue this work.
|Steps Coalition Welcomes New Executive Director!|
|Steps Coalition would like to formally announce our new Executive Director, Mr. Gregory Brown! Mr. Brown comes to us from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and brings with him a wealth of resources and knowledge in the area of nonprofit management.
Mr. Brown has served nonprofits and disadvantaged communities domestically throughout the United States and overseas in Central America for many years. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from American University and a Master's degree from George Washington University in Organizational Management, both located in Washington DC.
His most recent professional duties and responsibilities include serving as a Senior Managing Partner, Organizational Development/Management Consultant for Vertex Innovation in Costa Rica and as the Co-CEO and Founder of Organizational Bridges, LLC. He also serves as the Executive Director for Global Chamber® Kansas City Metropolitan Area. Mr. Brown has served in diverse roles and worn multiple hats throughout his career which include serving as a Nonprofit Executive Director, Fundraiser, Housing Counselor, Community Organizer and Nonprofit Board Executive Officer.
Mr. Brown has secured $16.6 million dollars in funding for nonprofits and government agencies in the USA for programs, projects and operating support and has provided consulting, technical assistance, and training throughout the USA to over 300 nonprofits, local and municipal government agencies, faith based organizations, social service, and community economic development programs and projects for clients domestically and internationally. Mr. Brown has also provided his services to educate and empower youth in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras. He also served as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
Mr. Brown has worked with nationally recognized Washington, DC organizations committed to social changers and community empowerment such as the Center for Community Change, Neighbor-Works, Community Planning Development Office of HUD, Center for Technical Assistance and Training and Campaign for Human Development (US Catholic Conference).
He is dedicated to developing leadership, increasing economic resources and empowering low-income residents, community groups--especially disadvantaged ethnic and cultural minority groups, constituencies and youth.
Steps Coalition Welcomes New Program Assistant and New Community Organizer!
Steps Coalition also welcomes its new Program Assistant, Crystal Hay, and its new Community Organizer, Brenna Landis. Their bios may be found at Steps' website here.
Steps Coalition member, East Biloxi Community Collaborative (EBCC), is also working on a campaign to organize East Biloxi residents and business owners affected by the ongoing North Contract work. This campaign is called "East Biloxi In Motion." To view their Facebook page and updates on community meetings surrounding the road project in East Biloxi, please click here.
To see a recent article in The Sun Herald on the Restore Biloxi North Contract suit, click here.
Update from Ya-Sin Shabazz, Gulf Coast Regional Collaborative Project Director
The Steps Coalition's Gulf Coast Regional Collaborative (GCRC) project is preparing to enter its second year of advancing language access, community and stakeholder organizing, and economic and workforce development with a number of new faces around the table. Gregory Brown and Crystal Hay, Steps Coalition's new Executive Director and Program Assistant respectively, are teaming with Ya-Sin Shabazz, GCRC's new Project Director, to continue the work of improving family
economic security for displaced Vietnamese-American fishermen.
Shabazz, who transitioned from a representative of project partner Hijra House, to the Project Director position is replaced by Mahdi Suluki as the current Hijra House representative to the GCRC. Daniel Le of Biloxi-based Boat People SOS, Daniel and Khai Nguyen of New Orleans-based Mary Queen of Vietnam CDC, and John Jopling of the Mississippi Center for Justice add years of project knowledge, expertise, and success as the experienced members of the team.
The goal of the GCRC is to advance racial equity and increase family economic security for Vietnamese-American Fisher-Folks by way of and educating and engaging Vietnamese-American residents, African-American residents, and other BP Oil-Spill impacted communities along the Mississippi and Louisiana Gulf Coast.
An upcoming July 22nd event in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi aims to increase awareness, interest, and engagement in RESTORE Act processes by highlighting the New Orleans, LA East work of MQVN's Veggie Co-op for residents of Hancock and West Harrison County, Mississippi. Find out more about GCRC's collaborative Celebration of A-Bun-Dance here, and come out, meet some of our newest representatives and supporters, and enjoy the educational and fun celebration for restoration.