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Economic Development

The Economic Development Committee (EDC) promotes the economic stability and advancement of African American women and the community by sponsoring symposiums, workshops and community forums on pertinent economic issues. The committee will collect and distribute information on employment opportunities, retirement, investment, home ownership, estate planning and focus on health issues that promote economic wellness.

Activities & Accomplishments:

April 2016 – Second Annual Financial Literacy Workshop
The Economic Development Committee held their second annual Financial Literacy Workshop for teens.  The programs were held at Dwight Morrow High School (Englewood, NJ) and International High School (Paterson, NJ).  The programs were attended by nearly four hundred 11th grade students.  The presentation was facilitated by Lynette Khalfani-Cox, also known as “The Money Coach”.
The students learned valuable information on such topics as:

  • college placement exams, test preparation, pre-college summer programs, tuition,
  • free colleges, campus tours, free college fly-in programs,
  • various types of grants and their qualifying factors,
  • the impact of community service on college grants,
  • many low-cost and free options available to assist in achieving a quality education, 
  • planning timelines and much more.

Click here for the event poster.

Pictured L to R: NCBW Mentee Skye Richardson, Teaneck High School Ashley Sanchez, Role Model Chair Jeannette Curtis-Rideau, Lynette Khalfani-Cox aka The Money Coach, Chapter President, Yvonne L. Witter, EDC Chair Elizabeth Carter, 1st VP Programs – Gwenette Reese, and NCBW Member Gail Gravely Cheesman.

April 2016 - Entrepreneurial Leadership Forum

  • NCBW Bergen/Passaic partnered with Dwight Morrow High School (Englewood, NJ) to present the Inaugural Entrepreneurial Leadership Forum. The theme was “Educating High School Students for a Better Future”.
  • The program exposed students to the current world of business and economics.
  • Interactive workshops included law administration, finance, marketing, fashion design, SAT preparation, real estate, and business franchising.

Workshop facilitators Thom and Beverly Baker Jackson Esq.
and Dwight Morrow High School students.

April 2015 - Financial Literacy Program for High School Students
The Economic Development Committee held two programs focusing on financial literacy at Dwight Morrow High School (Englewood, NJ) and Rosa Parks School of Performing Arts (Paterson, NJ). 

  • A selected group of students had the opportunity to learn more about NCBW’s work in the community.
  • Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, a New York Times bestselling author, was the speaker for the programs.  Ms. Cox shared secrets from her book, "College Secrets for Teens", focusing on such topics as budgeting, banking, credit worthiness, saving money and applying for college.  She also relayed information on grants, no tuition colleges, and fly free programs for college tours. 
  • Twenty-five signed copies of "College Secrets for Teens", were donated to each school's library on behalf of the NCBW Bergen/Passaic Chapter.

Event photos:


November 4, 2014 - “Getting Your House in Order – An everyday guide to estate planning, retirement options, and healthy living”
This conference was held at International High School in Paterson, New Jersey.
Topics for panels included:

  • Estate Planning - The reality is that none of us are going to be here forever. Even tougher is the moment when you have to have this discussion with loved ones about putting a plan in place to protect your assets and the family, should the inevitable happen. Estate planning is a crucial part of this process.
  • Retirement Options - Plan for your golden years at each stage of your life. Getting to retirement is no longer the end goal -- it’s a turning point onto a new road. It’s important to know the different milestones of your life and what you can do to keep future goals on track.
  • Health and Wellness - Learn how to make healthier choices while instilling healthy eating habits that will help you to eat fewer calories, be more physically active, make wiser food choices, and utilize dancing as exercise.

Event photos:

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