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Tuesday October 30, 2018
New York, NY USA

New York City Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce (NYCHCC) Retains LBLAKES PARTNERS (LBP)

For the past thirteen years, the not-for-profit NYCHCC has been providing opportunities for both small-to-medium enterprises and Fortune 500 companies to expand into and out of the New York Hispanic community.  Key annual events include honoring significant achievements by women in business,  the NYCHCC Scholarship Award to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree and the 116th Street Festival. The chamber engages in multiple community outreach activities including  support of Puerto Rico post hurricane Irma. The NYCHCC is the largest US Chamber serving the broader Afro-Latino population. 

Led by Founder/Chairman Mr. Nick Lugo, the NYCHCC has steadily grown its influence and its reach
by developing marquis annual events, and by jointly co-hosting events developed by its brand-name
Chamber members.  As part of its sustainability and growth initiative, the chamber has engaged LBP as a Strategic Business Advisor & Operations Consultant.  Areas of focus will cover: revenue-stream creation; membership and program development;  strategic partnerships; investor development; and operational strategies, structures, systems, policies, procedures, and guidelines.

NYCHCC Chief Operations Officer Sulma Arzu-Brown states: "As the Chamber moves forward to address the ever-changing needs of our members, as well as attracting a broader diversity of new members, we need LBP to give us a more effective operational structure to address these challenges ."








  



Sunday October 7, 2018
New York, NY USA

LBLAKES PARTNERS (LBP) Advises Reel Artistry, Inc.

Reel Artistry, Inc. is a NY-based enterprise whose core business is producing demonstration reels for performers in musical theatre.  Reel Artistry's distinction is their holistic process for developing both the "show" and the "business" sides of their clients' careers.  

For the expansion of Reel Artistry, LBP will provide strategic executive business advisory to Founder/CEO, Kenny Metzger, in supporting the staff build-up and operational build-out of the business model -- with an aim to attract prospective investors.

“My goal is for Reel Artistry to grow into a one-stop shop that helps actors navigate the business side of
their artistic careers.  That’s what I need help with,”
says Kenny Metzger …



    

Saturday September 22, 2018
Washington,  D.C. / New York, NY USA

ENO International, LLC. (ENO) Retains LBLAKES PARTNERS (LBP)

ENO is a privately held firm founded in 1994 whose philosophy is to invest in businesses designed to advance the socio-economic development of The Republic Of Ghana, as well as build shareholder value.

With a history of investments that spans technology, banking and finance, real estate, and plantation
agriculture in Ghana, ENO has recently expanded its investments into two USA-based start-ups:
a mobile payment technology company; and a biotech company.

ENO owns a choice parcel of land in the center of the financial district in Accra, Ghana, on which it plans to develop a signature, state-of-the-art office tower complex. Alvanti Place will boast all the modern amenities associated with premium office space to attract internationally branded companies and to contribute to the modernization of Accra’s business district. 

ENO has asked LBP to lead the international (outside of Africa) sponsorship of the ​Alvanti Place project development.  As such, LBP will be focusing on:

+ Identifying and securing equity partners
+ International marketing and branding of the complex
+ Placing branded corporate anchor tenants in the complex









Roland Akosah –                         
Chairman/CEO, ENO International, LLC.                                                             Alvanti Place

Having previously worked with LBP in Ghana, I was looking for another opportunity to work with
 LBP,” says ENO Chairman/CEO Roland Akosah. LBP is proud to be invited to play a role in this aspect of Ghana’s emergence.
  



Thursday September 20, 2018
New York, NY USA

Sulma, LLC. Retains LBLAKES PARTNERS (LBP)

Ms. Sulma Arzu-Brown is a Garifuna-AfroLatina self-published author of a series of bi-lingual
children’s books, the first of which is entitled, !Pelo Malo No Existe’! / Bad Hair Does Not Exist – an
affirmation to young girls in the AfroLatina community that their natural hair texture, color, and care is a
proud symbol of their cultural heritage and diversity.

As a companion effort to her book series, Sulma, LLC. was formed to educate on the importance of young girls celebrating their authentic selves and cultural heritage.   AfroLatina women have unique challenges as it relates to hair and perceptions of professionalism.  Sulma, LLC. advises consumer brands on positive representations of AfroLatinas and is working to implement community-based initiatives via strategic corporate partnerships, schools, professional organizations, small businesses and community exemplars.

LBP has been asked to provide Business Management & Strategic Advisory and Marketing & Branding
for Ms. Arzu-Brown as an author, speaker, advisor and community activist, as well as execute the operational build-out of Sulma, LLC.  These services will principally be provided under the Talent Management business of LBP’s Media & Entertainment division.

“I am looking forward to working with LBlakes Partners and expanding my business knowledge as
a business-woman with their help,”
said Ms. Arzu-Brown.







   Sulma Arzu-Brown                                                                           





  

Thursday August 23, 2018
New York, NY USA

LBLAKES PARTNERS (LBP) Retains HelmsleySpear

After several high-level meetings, LBP has chosen America's oldest commercial brokerage firm,  HelmsleySpear as its exclusive and designated agent to negotiate and secure financing for LBP clients – most notably LBP’s most recent client, Daly Hotel Management (DHM) of Greensboro, N.C.  “As DHM is poised to be a break-out competitor in the mid-level hotel and hospitality category, HelmsleySpear has the reputation and the record to arrange sympathetic long-term financing for DHM’s growing portfolio of projects” said Link Blake.

LBP will also seek to bring real estate management projects to HelmsleySpear as a way to profitably
diversify their relationship.  “We look forward to working with you,” expressed HelmsleySpear
Executive VP & Principal, Mr. Scott M. Bloom.

Representing HelmsleySpear in its relationship with LBP will be Principal Brokers/Advisors Mr. David Hirsch, Mr. Eric H. Nova, and Mr. John Gianis.

See more on HelmsleySpear at http://helmsleyspear.com

  




Friday August 10, 2018
Greensboro, NC / New York, NY USA

Daly Hotel Management, Inc. (DHM) Retains LBLAKES PARTNERS (LBP)

DHM—an approved management company for Hilton, Marriott, and IHG—has created a healthy portfolio
of successes across the American South, with eleven standing hotels and three in development.
As an award-winning mid-tier hotel development and strategic management company, DHM is embarking
on its next level of growth and expansion with Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach, SC .

To support this pivotal step, LBP has been asked to expand DHM’s base of funding partners and develop
complimentary funding channels committed to DHM’s long-term expansion through:

+ Sourcing and vetting
+ Bespoke transaction structuring
+ Portfolio funding









Patrick L. Daly, Jr., President – Daly Hotel Management / www.dalyhotelmanagement.com

We appreciate the step-by-step, transparent manner in which LBlakes Partners has been working with
us, and we look forward to building a mutually profitable relationship,” says DHM President Patrick Daly, Jr.

Drawing on his family’s forty years of experience in the hotel development/management business, Mr. Daly is committed to leading the DHM brand to new heights … and LBP is working to help realize this vision.
  




Wednesday May 23, 2018
St. Kitts & Nevis, BWI / New York, NY USA

Victoria Gardens Resort (VGR), Ltd. Retains LBLAKES PARTNERS (LBP)

VGR is a planned Condo/Hotel Resort development to be located on the island of Nevis in the Caribbean. This ambitious project—with a vision to see international investor participation, increased tourism, and sustained stimulation of the local economy—enjoys the registered support of the government through an established Citizenship By Investment initiative.

Chairman & CEO Frederick Jeffers views VGR as “… a legacy project for the people of St. Kitts & Nevis …,” as it is aligned with the government's goal to increase economic activity on the island by providing employment and business opportunities for the local population.

Acting as the lead funding Manager, LBP is tasked to raise short-term debt and long-term equity financing for the project.  Upon the initial capital raise, LBP will assume the executive roles of COO and CMO for the on-the-ground build-out and operational management oversight of the project.

“I am retaining LBP for the transparency of their process, as well as for their long-term vision and commitment to realize this project and the follow-on hospitality brand we are trying to create,” said Chairman Frederick Jeffers.

Three LBP PARTNERS spent their early childhoods in the BWI and see the project as an opportunity to give back to the Caribbean region.
  



Friday April 6, 2018
Little Ferry, New Jersey, USA

ZIO’S PIZZERIA (ZIO’S) RETAINS LBLAKES PARTNERS (LBP)

A trio of local business men, dba KBF Restaurant Group, bring their enthusiasm for their favorite food to their timely acquisition of Zio’s Pizzeria in Little Ferry, N.J.   This longtime neighborhood eatery enjoys an established lunch-time and delivery business of its daily-fresh fare:


LBP has been asked to:
+ increase profitability
+ develop the existing menu and brand  
+ expand to a second location …

… LBP will draw on its hospitality industry experience to make Zio’s (“uncle” in Italian) the neighborhood favorite.





Thursday November 16, 2017
Staten Island, New York, USA

UNITED ACTIVITIES UNLIMITED (UAU) RETAINS LBLAKES PARTNERS (LBP)

After several rounds of meetings with the UAU's Deputy Director of Workforce Development, BRIAN LICATA, LBP signed an MOU to conduct a ten-day audit period of onsite operations at the UAU's New Dorp Staten Island offices, commencing Monday November 13th. The audit would also include staff interviews, student interviews, Partner-Business interviews, and a review of marketing and promotional materials.

Expanded discussions with Deputy Director BRIAN LICATA yielded a comprehensive retainer for LBP to primarily provide Business Development in the new UAU markets of Manhattan and Brooklyn, then secondarily provide On-Call Business Advisory/Consulting Services across the areas of Internal Operations, Marketing, Fundraising, Program Development and Special Projects.
 
UAU is a forty-year-old Staten Island-based Not-For-Profit that provides an array of after-school youth programs, as well as a growing portfolio of youth employment development and job training programs for high schoolers, college-aged, and out-of-school young adults. With a growing positive reputation at the local, city, and state government levels, UAU is seeking to grow its brand into new markets, with expanded initiatives, and fine-tuned operations to support their planned growth.
 
The Workforce Development division of the UAU currently manages a roster of upwards of six thousand youth, placing them through intense orientations and job-training workshops, then placing the youth in paid/unpaid internships with over four hundred and thirty eight Partner-Businesses throughout Staten Island, Manhattan, and Brooklyn.

For his part, Deputy Director BRIAN LICATA enthusiastically states the vision for his organization as "... a pathway to college or career for every youth on Staten Island."
 
For this assignment, LBP PARTNER COLLEEN WINNEY will provide all marketing and promotion advisory, and SENIOR ASSOCIATE DINGHAN LIANG will lead the support of PARTNER LINK BLAKE across the new business development and the on-call business advisory/consulting services.

 
Working with the UAU will afford LBP the opportunity to bring its extensive private-sector business and corporate experience into the Not-For-Profit sector -- with an aim of making positive legacy contributions to this evolving sector.




Monday August 14, 2017
Las Vegas, Nevada USA

SAMA ENTERTAINMENT RETAINS LBLAKES PARTNERS


The principals of Sama Entertainment agreed to formally retain LBP for a discrete ninety-day period of strategic advisory and active consulting services. Senior Associate Dinghan Liang is commended for her facilitation.

Sama Entertainment is the dba production company formed to produce and mount the live-performance stage show depicting the life-story of Ms. Ane' Marshall, 26-year member of the famed Motown Group, The Shirelles.

See a promotional excerpt of the show, This Is A Man's World ... Buttt      http://anesings.com/tmw/

LBP will provide strategies to raise financing for the production, as well as advisory on the show's long-term development and distribution.


For more information email: [email protected]




Friday June 9, 2017
Africa House, NYU, New York USA

Link Blake Meets Ghana President











As LBP is in talks with the new Ghana administration to launch a nationwide agriculture initiative and a sports venue redevelopment project in Ghana, Link Blake meets His Excellency, President Akufo-Addo at a private reception at NYU's Africa House.
©NYU Photo Bureau: Olivo





Friday March 10, 2017
Tamale, Republic Of Ghana, Sub-Saharan West Africa

Sabonkudi Estates Retains LBlakes Partners

After five days of discussions and formal meetings in Tamale, Ghana with Partner Link Blake of LBlakes Partners, the principals of Sabonkudi Estates requested to formally retain LBlakes Partners on an open-ended, ongoing basis, commencing in April, 2017.

Sabonkudi Estates is the largest private/family-owned residential and commercial real estate developer in the Northern Region of the Republic Of Ghana.  This second generation family business has over one hundred and twenty residential rental units and commercial properties and is looking to expand its portfolio of holdings with premiere hotel developments and prime land acquisitions.
 
Sabonkudi Investments is the investment arm of the family enterprise, specializing in investment advisory, retirement planning and financial due-diligence.
 
LBlakes Partners will provide overall operational strategies, structures and systems to facilitate the growing real estate division.   Strategies to better coordinate and integrate the operations of the real estate division and the investment division will be a priority.  

Sabonkudi Estates will enable LBlakes Partners to expand its operations in Sub-Saharan West Africa and to facilitate the adoption of its systems for building sustainable legacy enterprises.


For more information email: [email protected]