Heart and Soul: Celebrating World Entrepreneurs’ Day

August 24, 2017

by Yanki Tshering

The Heart and Soul of NYC Small Business Awards ceremony, which took place August 21 at Brooklyn Borough Hall, was a celebration of the courage, hard work, and resilience of outstanding New York small business owners, held in conjunction with World Entrepreneurs' Day. We were particularly excited that an Innovation Award went to BCNA client Juan Quelal, owner of SmartCab Technologies, an app that taxi drivers throughout the United States now use through a contract with the National Taxi Alliance.

Finding Opportunity at OFN's Small Business Finance Forum

June 27, 2017

by Yanki Tshering

The sixth annual Small Business Finance Forum, hosted by Opportunity Finance Network, Lisa Mensawas the biggest yet with 202 CDFI practitioners from 40 states, 7 foundations, 33 banks, and 12 government representatives in attendance. OFN's new President and CEO – development industry luminary Lisa Mensah – kicked things off with her welcoming remarks, talking about....

Power in Unity - New York State CDFI Coalition's Annual Conference

June 06, 2017

by Yanki Tshering

The New York State CDFI Coalition's annual conference is something we look NYSCDFI Boardforward to each year and this year's conference, which was held May 8-9 in Albany, did not disappoint. Over 70 attendees, including representatives from NYSCDFI member organizations, funders, experts in the field and representatives from local government offices attended for one of the best conferences to date. 

An Art Event with a Heart: Benefiting Refugees

May 16, 2017

by Yanki Tshering

Over 250 people joined BCNA on April 20th at 524W26 Gallery in Chelsea for the opening of BCNA's first ever Art Benefit Sale, a pop-up group exhibition with work by 32 acclaimed and emerging international artists.

BCNA Art Benefit contributing artists

6th Annual BCNA Immigrant Heritage Week Awards

May 10, 2017

By Yanki Tshering

Looking back on our 6th Annual BCNA Immigrant Heritage Week Awards, I am gratified by what a renewing, inspiring program it was, and what a wonderful sense of community and of unified purpose there was in the room. Never have we felt a deeper conviction and appreciation of the role BCNA plays in supporting the efforts of individuals and families who come to New York seeking safety, security, and a better life - and in turn contribute to the rich cultural diversity and financial success of this country.