WHY IS THE MARLS BUY BLACK INITIATIVE SO IMPORTANT?
HELP CLOSE THE RACIAL WEALTH GAP
Did you know that African American Households in Southeast Queens equates to $9 Billion Dollars but circulates/stay in the community less than a day?
STRENGTHEN LOCAL ECONOMIES
Small businesses on average recirculate money in the community 3x more than the larger chain stores.
BRING ACCESS TO COMMUNITIES
This eDirectory is a digital market place to identify and bring awareness to the local businesses and an opportunity to offer great deals to community members.
Annette Runcie is a true entrepreneur in being the Co-owner of Pa-Nash Restaurant & EuroSoul Lounge, Inc; Co-Owner of a Golden Krust Queens Village; CEO/and Co-Owner of J&P Runway Cafe at JFK Airport.
Annette is passionate about the effective and sustainable, personal and economic development of people especially in the Southeast Queens Community.
Annette holds a bachelors from City College of New York and holds a MBA from Lubin School of business at PACE University.
Michael Duncan is an engaging community leader, motivating the community to be agents of positive change. He is the successful Co-owner of the Jamaica Breeze Restaurant in Laurelton, Queens, NY; Co-Owner of J & P Runway Café at JFK Airport; the founder of the Federation of African, Caribbean and America Organization (FACAO) a non-profit organization whose primary purpose is community development; as well as the Restaurant Organization Corporation (ROC), where general consumers and restaurants specializing in Caribbean and African cuisine are able to purchase their cultural ingredients.
Michael holds a bachelor in Accounting from Baruch College.
WHATS INCLUDED? (Residents)
Identify business throughout all of Southeast Queens
Ability to give your favorite business a review
Access to the best deals in town
WHATS INCLUDED? (Businesses)
Ability to promote your business.
Ability to promote events and deals
Ability to hire from within the community
Additionally, promotions and through our newsletters, blogs and articles
Membership Access to MARLSNYC (Merchant Association) Opportunity