Grow Your Business with Caribbean and American Business Connections


The Commerce Club on the 49th floor of the elegant 191 Peachtree Street Building, in downtown Atlanta, was the venue for the Caribbean and American Business Connections (CABC) monthly networking forum on May 20, 2011. Atlanta’s #1 Networker and Founder of CABC is the hardworking and outgoing, Sebrena Sumrah-Kelly (standing, in photo above). Sebrena is quickly making a name for herself in metro Atlanta as someone who can bridge cultural gaps and help business people make the connections they need to succeed in uncharted territory.

At People You Need to Know Magazine, we are happy to call Sebrena Sumrah-Kelly our new client and we congratulate her for all of the great work she is doing in the metro Atlanta area.

Once again, our People You Need to Know Magazine display table was set-up and ready to receive visitors. After the attendees were checked-in at the registration table, they were warmly greeted by Sebrena and members of her staff. Various vendors had their merchandise on display and food and drinks were in plentiful supply.

Networking began around 5:30pm. Many of the attendees enjoyed the complimentary hors d’oeuvres of spinach puffs, beef wellington, a grand assortment of fruit, which included fresh melons, blackberries, cantaloupe, grapes, and strawberries. In addition, three different kinds of cheese and an assortment of crackers were also available for the guests.

At 6:15pm, the official program started with an introduction of Sebrena Sumrah-Kelly by Wanda Hollis. Sebrena thanked everyone for coming out to her networking event and shared the vision for Caribbean and American Business Connections, which is to provide business, education and employment opportunities for the improvement of the community. Her heartfelt welcome was brief and to the point, and it seemed to be appreciated by all in attendance. Sebrena Sumrah-Kelly is providing a sprinkle of Caribbean spice to the metro Atlanta business scene and she is being welcomed with open arms.

At 7:00pm, Mattie Rock hosted a segment called Pass the Mic, where people could go up to the microphone and take 30 seconds to tell attendees who they were and a little bit about what their organizations had to offer.

At 7:30pm, the introduction of the featured speakers for the evening began. The first one to approach the podium to share her knowledge with the audience was Wanda Hollis. Wanda, a real estate consultant with Keller Williams, spoke about leveraging your business for success. At 7:45pm, we were all mesmerized by the wonderful and soulful voice of vocal artist and actress, Victoria Fuqua. She sang a song called, “I’m Alive.”  It was written as a fundraiser for the Alabama tornado victims. Victoria’s uplifting song had everyone feeling thankful just to be alive.

Carina Harrell, CEO of Option 2 Change, spoke at 7:50pm. She shared information about social media and free resources to advertise and market your business online.

At 8:30pm, Nancy J. Lewis, President of Progressive Techniques, Inc., one of the featured speakers, made her way to the podium and gave the most unforgettable presentation of the evening about making effective connections at a networking event.

Nancy J. Lewis is a Professional Speaker, Trainer, Author and Corporate Coach (photo, far right). Her speaking services are in demand from companies such as AT&T, Coca Cola, AJC, Chick-Fil-A, Hewlett Packard, Delta Airlines, CDC, Georgia State University, Marta and many more. Nancy is committed to “Developing a Better You.” In addition, we would also like to congratulate Ms. Lewis for signing up as a new client. She will be featured in the next edition of People You Need to Know Magazine — a network of first-class business professionals.

At the end of the presentations, door prizes were given away to a lucky few of the attendees.

We would also like to congratulate the very outgoing and friendly Misty A. Oaks, Principal Attorney with The Oaks Firm. Attorney Oaks signed up as a new client at the event and we’re looking forward to  featuring her in our next magazine. The Oaks Law Firm specializes in bankruptcy, foreclosure and loan modifications. Attorney Oaks’ professional memberships include, State Bar of Georgia, Gate City Bar Association, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and the American Bar Association.

Bonnie Ross Parker, CEO/Founder of The Joy of Connecting and client of People You Need to Know Magazine was also in attendance at this exciting networking event. Bonnie’s organization is an innovative, non-membership, networking experience, which fosters connections that go far beyond the stack of business cards. She says you owe it to yourself and your business to participate in this truly unique networking experience for women.

We would like to thank the following people for stopping by our People You Need to Know Magazine display table to say hello and to tell us a little bit more about themselves. If we forgot someone please forgive us.

  • Karen Hanson “The Video Lady” ~ Owner of ComF5/ New Road Videography
  • Amber Nagle-Evangelista, Fashion Designer with Fatal Femme Clothing
  • Damia Bolling, Spa Promotions Manager and Licensed Esthetician with Institut DERMed Clinical Skincare
  • Shanna and Roy Belcher, Independent Distributors for Ardyss International
  • Attorney Althea S. Prince, The Prince Firm, LLC, Specializing in Immigration, Personal Injury and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Tonza Collins and Warren Campbell with Tastee Pleasures, Gourmet catering for all your special occasions
  • Lisa McDonald, Client Services Director at My TrueBiz, Small Business Services
  • Audrey, Owner of DeAsh Hair Salon in Stone Mountain
  • Frank McMillon, CEO of McMillionaire Marketing
  • Chris and Sheron Graham, Independent Representatives for Kangen Water
  • Trevor Van Cooten, Parts Director and Owner of Van Cam, Inc./ European Auto Parts
  • Bobby Thornton, Owner of Photographic Artistry and the photographer for the evening

Mea Boykins, Founder of Student Emergency Assistance (SEA) also stopped by. We would like to congratulate Mea for being a recent graduate of Spelman College … class of 2011.

Art by Chet Hopper, thanks for showcasing some of your beautiful paintings. Attendees were talking about your incredible works such as Controlled Emotion on wood, Shiloh-oil painting, So Moved- oil painting, and your wood sculpture called Olympian.

DJ Lorenzo, The Grown Folks DJ; Henri West, Executive Chef and Owner of Explosion Catering and Personal Chef, were also in attendance. Henri is from St. Ann, Jamaica, and his specialty is Caribbean, French and Italian cuisine.

Last but not least, Mr. Jacques Duplessis, Executive Producer for Caribbean Focus TV (CFTV) attended the event. Jacques came out to film the event for his TV Show. Watch Caribbean Focus TV every Friday on Comcast Channel 29 from 8:00pm to 9:00pm in metro Atlanta. People You Need to Know Magazine was honored to be a media partner at this powerful event.

People You Need to Know Magazine
Member: Atlanta Press Club
Winner: Best Promoter, New America Media
Recipient: Atlanta’s Prestigious Phoenix Award

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6 had something to say.
  1. Victoria Fuqua

    Thank you for attending this lovely event. And allowing me to take part in your magazine. I will make sure that all of my friends and family get a copy of this wonderful magazine designed to empower women all over the world.
    Your attention to detail is greatly appreciated.
    Keep the faith!
    Victoria Fuqua

  2. Randy Freeman

    Diane and I look forward to your next event.

  3. Frank McMillon

    Hey Sparkplug, this was an awesome networking event! This article that you have written shows the importance of getting out and meeting new people. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jassee Torrington

    Great move Sumrah :). I love it . Best wishes!

  5. Rosemary Willingham

    Sebrena great event.

    Spark Plug wonderful write up.

    Rosemary Willingham

  6. Amani

    Whoooooooo I love you mommy!!!!!


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