Growing our Board, Growing our Expertise

June 03, 2019

by Yanki Tshering

Having an accomplished – and diverse - Board of Directors is critical to the success of any CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution,) particularly one with as important a mission as BCNA's.

Now more than ever we feel the urgency of our role in helping refugees and immigrants get a fresh start in New York and successfully launch or grow a business, buy a home, or get the education or training they need to thrive and contribute to the New York economy.

That is why we are pleased to welcome two exciting new members to our own Board: Michele Danso and Dave Sidhu.

Our Best Immigrant Heritage Week Awards Event Yet

May 02, 2019

by Yanki Tshering

Each year our annual BCNA Immigrant Heritage Week Awards seems to get better and better, and this year was clearly no exception.

That's because, along with the inspiring speakers – and this year we had two very special ones, and the excitement about this year's very deserving awardees, there is also the pride we feel as we welcome back previous year's awardees and clients and see how they and their businesses have continued to thrive and grow.

Outgoing Board Members We'll Miss

February 04, 2019

by Yanki Tshering

Having a strong and committed Board of Directors with the vision, foresight, courage, and skills to provide valuable and strategic guidance is a critical resource for any organization that seeks to thrive and succeed by constantly challenging itself to fulfill its mission in the most effective way possible.

Two of our valued Board Members, Deepti Sharma, CEO of FoodtoEat, and Larisa Ortiz, Principal of Larisa Ortiz and Associates, stepped down in 2018 and we want to thank them not only for their important contributions to BCNA's development and growth, but also for serving as role models as female entrepreneurs.

An Inspiring & Timely Panel Discussion: Highlighting Immigrant Entrepreneurship

January 08, 2019

by Yanki Tshering

On December 4th, BCNA was pleased to present an important and timely panel discussion - "Grit, Wits, and Good Old American Values: Refugee and Immigrant Owned Businesses Revitalizing American Communities" - led by noted TED Talks Fellow and first-generation Ghanaian-American Michael Rain, creator of The ENODI Project. The well-attended event, which was co-hosted by Kwame Marfo, BCNA Board Member and Co-Founder & Managing Partner at the Africa Empowerment Fund, and Dave Sidhu, Project & Acquisition Finance Analyst at Santander Bank and a member of BCNA's Finance Committee, was presented in partnership with Impact Capital Forum.

Supporting Entrepreneurship, Migration & Sustainable Development Goals at the World Investment Forum

December 13, 2018

by Yanki Tshering

It was a great honor to be invited to speak at the 2018 World Investment Yanki at the UNForum about the work we've done at BCNA to support refugee entrepreneurship in the United States as well as to participate in a panel discussion on Entrepreneurship, Migration, and Sustainable Development Goals. This important conference, which is held every two years, provides a global platform for engagement and dialogue on emerging and key issues related to investing for sustainable development. It had a particular importance this year as the current US administration's unfortunate anti-immigrant and refugee rhetoric has overshadowed the fact that the US has a well-developed refugee resettlement process and a progressive 18-year-old program to support refugee entrepreneurship.