Toussaint L’Ouverture Symposium, Small Business & Cultural Expo is an educational, cultural and recreational program held every April that involves discussions about the historical achievements of Toussaint L’Ouverture and his impact on the United States. The program promotes cultural pride and creates cultural understanding between the people of the United States and Haiti by emphasizing the historical relationship between the two countries. It is also a celebration of the co-naming of Nostrand Avenue to Toussaint L'Ouverture Blvd. Finally, it is recognition of business leaders and others who exhibit the L’Ouverturian principle emphasizing the importance of civics and economics. Honorees of the Symposium are also recognized at the HABNET Gala in November. The Toussaint L'Ouverture Symposium has been held each year since 2005. The first two years in April 2005 and 2006 at the New York City Council Chambers; and subsequently, at Brooklyn Borough Hall every April of each year from 2007 to the present. The event featured such noted scholars and elected officials as Dr. Ludovic Comeau of DePaul University and South Toms River, NJ Mayor Joseph M. Champagne, Esq., Prof. Jean-Germain Gros, PhD., University of Missouri-St. Louis and others as Keynote Speakers.