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The Opportunity Grant Info Sessions for NJ EDA

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I am so proud to work for the equity and inclusion of multicultural, LGBTQ+, and women-owned businesses. We are doing everything we can to bring you all of the information and resources to equip you for a successful application. Take advantage of the $50M, $15M of which have been reserved for businesses in Opportunity Zone-eligible census tracts, the @NJEDA has set aside for phase 02 of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program. Click the link in my bio to find out if you’re eligible. Applications go live on June 9th, so don’t wait! Have questions? Ask me!

This is a quick list of all the events going on to prepare you for the application which opens Tuesday, June 9th!

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3RD

LGBTQIA x EDA Webinar 

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Registration: HERE

Statewide Hispanic Chamber x EDA Webinar

5:00 – 6:00 PM EST

Registration: HERE

Prospect Park x EDA Webinar

6:00 – 7:00 PM EST

Join: https://zoom.us/j/83720103657 

THURSDAY, JUNE 4TH

Port Authority x EDA Webinar

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

Join: https://meet.google.com/sxi-aoar-xzv

NJ/NY MSDC x EDA Webinar

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

Registration: 

Newark Alliance x EDA Webinar 

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Registration: HERE

FRIDAY, JUNE 5TH

Montclair Center BID x EDA Webinar

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

Join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83975730814

Meeting ID: 839 7573 0814

A Conversation with NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan and Senator Cory Booker

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The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) recently announced $50 million in new funding and broader eligibility criteria for the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program. Under the newly-expanded program, which will provide grants up to $10,000 for COVID-impacted businesses, a wider variety of businesses will now be eligible, including home-based businesses and sole proprietorships. The program will also feature a special focus on businesses in Opportunity Zone-eligible census tracts. The New Jersey Business & Industry Association, the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, and the Commerce & Industry Association of New Jersey are partnering for a special webinar conversation with NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan and Senator Cory Booker. Our goal is to provide valuable insight to the expanded grant program.

Register Here

Town Hall with the NJ Latino Legislative Caucus on Small Business Grant COVID-19 with NJEDA

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6:00 pm
Register HERE

Monday, June 8th

Diversity Town Hall with NJEDA

4pm

Register Here

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OBSESSED with these 3 creatives take on masks

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The beautiful part of being a creative is that in my daily life I encounter some of the most innovative minds, in all industries, the arts, fashion, tech, business, and finance. They become my friends and inspiration through the work they do.

So as we are all in the midst of a pandemic some of my amazing people have used their creativity to create these beautiful pieces.

Lynette Lashawn of Off The Hangar

Lynette is all things fashionable, her style and decor studio is an anchor for the fashion community in my city of Newark. She and I have collaborated, laughed, and seen some amazing style moments. What I love is how Lynette always brings communities together through fashion. In response to COVID19, she recently crafted a beautiful set of masks, combining fashion and form in sets that we can all get into.

What I applaud is the infusion of personal style and creativity into this protective layer we need to use now. She is a muse on the streets and behind the runway lights, I have seen her command multiple designers and models to create some beautiful fashion moments.

You need to look at the beautifully curated collection of Off The Hangar
Get in the know on Lynette’s Social

Melissa Mitchell

I was able to connect with this art powerhouse through her work in combining her artistic talent into pieces that were true showstoppers. This amazing Atlanta based sister has no fear of pattern and color, she creates emotions through her one of a kind pieces.

Melissa brings our culture into the narrative of her work, it serves to empower women and men alike. I long admired her work with Spanx and she brought her vision to us with her designs of masks and headpieces.

“Art has single-handedly changed my life and the way I live it. It is like love, you make it what you want. It makes you feel things you can’t always describe; so you’re left to just relish in the beauty of it.”

Melissa Mitchell

Most recently Melissa has launched a beautiful piece Color and Manifest, allowing you to channel your dreams.

Learn more on MelissaMitchell.com
Find Melissa At @AbeilleCreations

ANĒ Clothier

Anita Dickens is someone who walks into a room and has a personal style and presence most people playoff having on social media. For me she is a walking editorial and what makes her more arresting is she is completely being natural. That kind of energy is infused into the ANĒ BRAND.

“ANĒ CLOTHIER is a Luxury Lifestyle brand located in Newark, New Jersey. We specialize in custom elements and ready to wear garments from upcycled military uniforms to premium denim shirts, trousers, kimonos and more. We believe that clothing should be tailored to fit, and you should feel confident in what you wear. These elements and influences come together to create a label like no other.” Via the site

Take a moment to look at the entire line by ANĒ CLOTHIER
You need to follow Anita

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From Newark with Love, David Oquendo

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The amazing part of the work I do every day is creating access for my community. My sharespace, =SPACE is meant to spotlight our innovation in so many different industries despite being underfunded, underrepresented and having the odds stacked against us. We persevere not in spite of the realities, but because we are beautiful as a people.

In my time in Newark, I have partnered with every art institution and collective, the intention has been so clear, to support creatives of my chosen city because they are the heartbeat and social conscious of Newark.

The work of David Oquendo is rooted in language, he has created a letter system influenced by Textualis Quadrata with hints of Eastern Kufic and Hebrew calligraphy. David shares so much of himself in his work and shows his affinity towards stoicism. It was amazing to work with him and prepare a beautiful show at =SPACE, “Amor Fati” is an exhibition that showcases the breadth of David’s work.

“Amor Fati”, loosely translates to “Love of Fate”; Amor Fati is used to describe an attitude in which one sees everything that happens in one’s life, including suffering and loss, as good or, at the very least, necessary. Oquendo has developed a personally constructed script.

He calls this writing system, “Metaphrase”. This “Metaphrase” is a series that includes large-scale wall renderings (indoor and outdoor) and mixed media paintings. The artwork explores the artist’s ideas and questions of identity, language, meditation, religion, and life.

Oquendo is steering his work to align with his beliefs and practice of Stoicism and positive affirmations that help him make incremental progress in his life and with his struggles with depression, suicidal thoughts, and his disability. Amor Fati is the practice of loving everything that happens and seeing all circumstances as a chance to grow. Not just accepting it, nor simply tolerating it, but leaning into it. As a Latinx individual, there’s no other way to live.

The part that we have to play in David’s work is in supporting his art, by becoming patrons, purchasing is a way of investing in our Artists, it is also a way to empower their art. So come to =SPACE and experience the work in Amor Fati, follow David online, or become a patron!

David Oquendo
@monkpuppy
David Oquendo Website

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Tips & Tactics

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3 QUICK TIPS.

If engaging Gen Z in B to C relationships.
Core characteristics.

1. Keep it 100% authentic. It isn’t just a buzz word. Gen Z doesn’t pursue perfection in a brand they require realism. So approach with the genuine side of your brand.

2. Be Frictionless Your customer experience and or product purchase HAS to be seamless. Simple and convenient is the way to the goal.

3. Do NOT play it safe. Gen Z is about the individuality and uniqueness of a product or service. So message to hit them directly, anything homogenous will be overlooked quickly.

BONUS TIP: 64% of Gen Z is constantly online. They’ll leave their wallets before their phones.

So get digital and if that’s overwhelming earmark budgets for experts like myself, the amazing Vicky Llerena or anyone who demonstrates the capacity to build community online.

Go win!
Your friendly strategist, Medina

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Jennifer Lopez SS20 face of Versace

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There are many things we can ask Jennifer Lopez to do, but slowing down isn’t one of them. The actress, mogul, and singer is looking at 2020 being another banner year for her, with her upcoming Super Bowl Half Time show ( along with amazing Shakira) and recent nods for her role in Hustlers, I can not say I’m shocked with the announcement of being the face of the Spring 2020 Versace Campaign.

The campaign was shot by uber amazing duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

The campaign also has Kendall Jenner looking amazing and the two women seem to be typing their own names into a digital keyboard seen on screen.

I love the meta aspect of the campaign, the commentary on the multiple ways your digital life and real-life intersect and collide. Of course, the infamous jungle print that Lopez wore in her plunging gown 20 years ago at the Grammy’s makes an appearance in the 2020 campaign. The Versace moment and Lopez are said to be the reason google invented the images feature in its search.

Take a look at all of the shots from the campaign below.

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KKAD

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In Newark, I get to have these amazing moments where I discover a company that I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting before. I was invited to be a keynote for Next City Vanguard and speak about the spirit of collaboration in our city.

Newark is about equitable development for its citizens and small business owners. It is a point of pride in my career that in this city, I have found multiple ways to partner and bring hyper-local companies into projects I work on.

After such an amazing experience of speaking on collaboration, my favorite part of any engagement is afterwards! I want to meet everyone in the room, learn about their projects and services, especially when the leaders in the room are in Newark. I want to grab every card and find moments to take in their stories.

I had a moment to chat with the amazing Kraig Kalashian and Jennifer Van Blarcom of KKAD. Their boutique powerhouse Architecture & Hospitality Design Firm creates breathtaking environments and they are headquartered in a building I have been curious about since coming to Newark. They invited me to their Raymond Blvd studio for coffee and I was beyond, excited to sit with them.

So before I can even talk about how beautiful their work is, we need to understand how welcoming their space is. It was so evident that they wished to have every member of their team have an optimal work environment to execute in. It was ultimate luxury meets function.

There were so many common areas to grab the latest in design publications, create mood boards in their sample space, or even to play a good game of chess. The creative in me was instantly drawn to ever corner of the studio.

I lust after studios because they open your mind up to possibilities in executing your own projects.

Sitting in the well-appointed conference room, we discussed the beauty of Newark and our shared obsession over historic buildings waiting to be brought to life again and the neighborhoods in Newark like Vailsburg, Lincoln Park and Lower Clinton Hill where small businesses need spaces to bring those areas to life and reflect the residents. I’m excited to know that KKAD founder Kraig Kalashian is committed to building relationships with small businesses that will help them to take up space in their developments.

Over all I was so happy to visit this space and speak with the team, cannot wait to see what is next for KKAD.

HOTEL PHILLIPS

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Take a moment to see this Historic project executed by KKAD.

Previously listed on the National Register for Historic Places, the recent renovation enhanced the existing architecture while repositioning the hotel for the 21st century traveler. The redesign included three new food and beverage outlets as well as a new design concept for all 217 rooms.

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Yes, The Vmas, Yes Newark

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So it is coming as a surprise that Newark is hosting the MTV VMA’s on September 16th, 2019, and it makes me and the other citizens of the city laugh, our city is an amazing location for the awards show. Prudential is a perfect venue, along with a taping happening at Symphony Hall, our city has an amazing history of breakout artist, Whitney, Queen Latifah, and Naughty By Nature!

So let’s take a moment to showcase the celebrations being hosted across the city by Newark’s own tastemakers and culture builders!

Newark will continues to disrupt entertainment and the traditional paths by being innovative and equitable in showcasing the best the city has to offer, its culutral capital through its citizens.

This is a milestone but its just one of many that the city is leading under Mayor ras J Baraka.

Useful Info

Traffic Advisory via NJPATCH

VMAs Lineup up includes NJ Legends via NJ.com

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Have Strength In The Wake Of The Storm!!

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It’s been a day since a horrific act was committed against the LGBTQ and Latino community in Orlando; the sadness, fear, anger and frustration that lingers in our minds and hearts will continue to sting our memories for years to come.

As the wake of destruction settles; we all, at one point in the next few days, will introspectively look at how this could have been prevented and how we personally have been affected by this catastrophe. Our thoughts and movements must not stop there, we have persevere and never forget to remember the beautiful souls that were taken away due to senseless actions fueled by hatred for those who only wanted to love.

I can’t help but to think, “This could have been me”. It could have been anyone one of you standing here tonight. What if one night, you or I just wanted to dance and enjoy this beautiful gift we call life, only to have it stolen from us in a hail of bullets; in a matter of seconds. One of those victims could have been someone I loved, someone you loved who was ripped away from this life for no other reason than malice.

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The Incredible Effect Of Caffeine, How Coffee Rewrite Your Brain

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Russia 2018 Fifa World Cup: artist's impressions of stadiums

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