Rochester Storytellers: New Beginnings

The Rochester Storytellers Project presents a collection of true, first-person stories about the “first time,” starting over, taking a risk, making big plans, changing your life, or leaving your past behind. 

Check out our Principal Publicist & Owner, Jessica Lewis on stage sharing her story of taking a risk to start LaLew Public Relations.

Buy your tickets and join us 7 to 9 p.m. March 8 at Comedy@The Carlson for New Beginnings.


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Ujamaa Rising Launch Party


Black History Month kicked off with Ujamaa Rising's launch party on Saturday, February 3rd at The Baobob Cultural Center. Ujamaa Rising is Rochester’s newest show featuring Black-owned businesses. 

Ujamaa is one of the principles of the Nguzo Saba, which means Cooperative Economics in Key Swahili – to build and maintain our own businesses and to profit from them together. While the Nguzo Saba is a Kwanzaa principle, these principles are to be celebrated year round.

The event featured the debut of a video montage featuring guests from season one; vendors from locally-owned businesses; and food and beverages. Businesses featured in season one include, Beads & Bangles by Jaira, 3 Kingz Barbershop, Arkatecht LLC, Shelton Financial Management, PT Life Fitness, Headz Up Hats and A Gamers Nostalgia.

Watch coverage of the launch party on News 8 and News 10

Eleven Business Owners Graduate from Business Opportunities Program

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Mayor Lovely A. Warren and dignitaries joined staff from the Rochester Schools Modernization Program’s Business Opportunity Program as they conducted a graduation ceremony for the third group of businesses to complete the Instructional Series on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

The Business Opportunities Program provides small, disadvantaged, minority and women-owned businesses the tools and information they need to grow and develop their business. The graduating firms met twice each week to learn about Business Operations, Bidding, Law, Construction and many other topics in the BOP Instructional Series.

Watch coverage of the ceremony and News 8 HERE


ROC Black Men Achieve Awards on News 8

The Rochester Black Men Achieve Awards celebrates men and young boys of color as well as organizations to recognize their commitment to excellence in the African-American Community of Greater Rochester. The awards bestowed upon these individuals and organizations will recognize their outstanding achievements through their talents (and other creative endeavors), commitment to social justice, philanthropy, community involvement, and brotherhood. The awards ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, January 20th at 7pm at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

The competitive awards are divided into 26 categories recognizing individuals and/or organizations within Business, Education, Government, Entertainment, Public Service, Non-profit, and community service.

These awards are designed to recognize and celebrate the contributions and impact that the nominees and winners have had on the lives of the people of Rochester and beyond. Special consideration will be given to individuals and organizations whose mission and commitments are for the improvement of life outcomes for young boys and men of color.

The Man of the Year Award is the highest honor awarded to an individual who throughout the year has exemplified excellence and inspire others through vision and leadership, exceptional achievements, philanthropy and participation in community service.

Awardees are nominated by the general public, however winners in each awards category are assessed and selected by the Selection Committee made up of various men of color from the Rochester community.

In addition to competitive awards, the BMA Awards Executive Committee will bestow a variety of special honors (Lifetime Achievement, Humanitarian of the Year, to name a few) on well-deserving individuals or organizations.

Watch the News 8 interview HERE.

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ATHENA Leadership Roundtable


Powerful women, powerful stories! Four ATHENA finalists presented at the ATHENA Leadership Roundtable hosted by the Women's Council, A Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce Affiliate. Presenters were Pam Sherman, Business Advantage, The Sherman Edge, The Suburban Outlaw; Kimberly Jones, Butler/Till; Jessica Lewis, LaLew Public Relations; and Marisol Ramos-Lopez, City of Rochester.