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CaribLifeCentral.com has launched the “I Am Caribbean” public awareness campaign to encourage Caribbean-Americans to identify their nationality on their 2010 Census forms. The questionnaires will begin arriving in the mail as early as March 15.

“Historically, Caribbean-Americans have been underrepresented in the US Census,” explained Sheldon Mundle, president of CaribLifeCentral.com. “This has adversely affected our community in terms of quality of education and business investments.”

March 22, 2010 will usher in the twelfth anniversary of the inauguration of The Eric Williams Memorial Collection (EWMC) at The University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago, by US Secretary of State, Colin L. Powell. Dr. Williams, the country’s first Prime Minister who died in office on March 29, 1981, was heralded by Mr. Powell: ÃƒÆ’ƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…“No one was a greater fighter for justice and equality. No one was a greater leader.” More recently in 2009, Dr. Williams was honoured as scholar, politician and international statesman when former South African President Thabo Mbeki wrote the Foreword to the University of South Africa Press’ first publication of Williams’ seminal work, Capitalism and Slavery.

The Collection consists of Williams’ Research Library, Archives and Museum. In 1999, it was named to UNESCO’s prestigious Memory of the World Register. At the time, the documentary heritage of only 47 other countries had been so designated. Available for consultation by researchers, the Collection amply reflects its owner’s eclectic interests, comprising some 7,000 volumes, as well as correspondence, speeches, manuscripts, historical writings, research notes, conference documents and a miscellany of reports. A Museum - containing a wealth of emotive memorabilia of the period; copies of the seven translations of Capitalism and Slavery (Russian, Chinese and Japanese among them) – Korean, Hindi and Urdu translations are in process; as well as photographs depicting various aspects of his life and contribution to the development of Trinidad and Tobago - completes this extraordinarily rich archive, as does a three-dimensional re-creation of Dr. Williams’ study.

The company had evaluated relocating to an existing facility in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, but has now decided to remain in Miami-Dade County and grow their operations. USG&E will maintain their headquarters in N.W. Miami-Dade County and expand their local operations with a new business service center in the City of Doral.

Their decision to stay in Miami-Dade County translates into the retention of 130 existing jobs and the creation of 125 new jobs over the next three years. USG&E has committed $800,000 in capital investment into a 24,000 square feet facility in Doral.U.S. Gas & Electric, Inc. (“USG&E”), a leading energy service provider headquartered in Miami-Dade County, is remaining in the County and expanding with a new business service center in the City of Doral.

The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce presents its latest Business Empowerment Networking Series (BENS) installment, Business Development: Expanding your Financial & Economic Growth Opportunities. The session will be held at Parrot Jungle on Friday, March 26, 2010 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This networking series will feature a panel discussion on how to expand financial and economic growth to businesses that will include prominent business leaders in Miami-Dade County.

The luncheon will feature keynote speaker, Bernadette Morris, CEO/President of Sonshine Communications, Inc., a full-service Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations firm. Morris is the owner of Black PR Wire, America’s first and largest black news media distribution service. She has had over 25 years of experience in the communications arena. Morris was previously the Associate Dean and Public Affairs Director for Miami-Dade College, a children’s programming producer and a writer and producer with PBS/NPR affiliates.