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Angie is the founder of Experience Harlem, a media, marketing, and events company that has connected locals & visitors alike to Harlem’s best shopping, dining, arts & culture through their annual guides, blog, social media, and events since 2006. The company grew out of a need Angie saw when she moved to Harlem: despite being the third most visited neighborhood in the world and the most documented place in media (music, film, television, photography, literature, and so on), contemporary Harlem was largely ignored, its cultural richness and legacy considered a relic of the past. Angie set out to change that, and she did, with her events and publications. Experience Harlem has produced the following:
Harlem Bar & Restaurant Crawls
Harlem is Black History
Shop & Sip Harlem
Essential Uptown Guide
Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund
A response to gentrification and Black business owners’ struggles to access the financial resources and skills needed to scale their businesses after the 2008 recession, Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund provides micro-financing to minority small business owners in Harlem, Washington Heights, Inwood, and the Bronx. Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund was founded to stimulate economic development in Harlem, Upper Manhattan, and the Bronx by creating and supporting business enterprises and jobs and educating residents.
AHA continues to lead numerous entrepreneurial development initiatives for the Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund. In 2017, AHA managed Opportunity for Growth, a 13-session intensive certificate program based on Interise’s StreetWise MBA Curriculum. In addition, AHA developed and managed HEF’s Growth Path, a business advisory service designed to deliver hands-on expertise to minority and women-owned small businesses in the areas of financial management, human resources, sales, and marketing.
Boys & Girls Club of Harlem
Boys & Girls Club of Harlem is a 40-year-old institution created in response to the 1980s drug epidemic facing Harlem and is dedicated to helping youth achieve better outcomes. In 2017, new leadership wanted to rebrand the organization to help it gain visibility, so Angie was hired to lead this rebranding and all other aspects of marketing and communication. She developed and led various fundraising campaigns, including Summer Camp, Back-to-School, and Year-End appeals. Her work also included developing a new website, producing an annual report, and developing and executing signature events such as the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem Golf Classic and Autumn in New York, an annual fundraiser cocktail reception. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Angie created Virtual BGCHarlem to provide support for parents and their kids who were learning from home. Most recently, Angie co-produced Boys & Girls Club of Harlem’s 40th anniversary short documentary to be used for cultivations events.
Real Estate Board of New York
Open House Expos
When real estate development in Upper Manhattan outpaced development in Lower Manhattan by about 500%, real estate companies had a hard time selling Harlem properties despite their nicely situated location in Manhattan and their affordability. Angie partnered with the Real Estate Board of New York to curate expos to market high-value properties. These expos introduced new markets of home buyers to Harlem and helped sell over 50 residential properties, giving REBNY a competitive edge.
One Million Black Women: Black in Business
Goldman Sachs has spent the last decade helping small businesses grow with 10,000 Small Businesses. Their latest investment initiative, One Million Black Women, addresses the systemic racial wealth gap by investing directly in Black women. Part of that initiative, the Black in Business program, was created to support Black women sole proprietors — who statistically drive the entrepreneurship space yet receive the fewest resources and least venture capital — in developing their skills and accessing the tools necessary to transform their business potential into growth.
As a Business Advisor for the inaugural cohort, Angie coached 12 Black women entrepreneurs through the 12-week Black in Business program, designed to provide participants with business education, advisory services, and a powerful network of like-minded business owners.