Toussaint L’Ouverture Symposium, Small Business & Cultural Expo is an educational and recreational program that involves discussions about the historical achievements of Toussaint L’Ouverture, a 19th century national Icon of Haiti, and his impact on the United States. It is also a celebration of the co-naming of Nostrand Avenue to Toussaint L'Ouverture Blvd that was facilitated by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz in 2005.  Finally, it is recognition of business leaders and others who exhibit the L’Ouverturian principle emphasizing the importance of civics and economics as means to empowerment.  Vendors are afforded a platform to showcase their goods and services and network with participants.  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. and others as Keynote Speakers. Click here to register as a Participant or Vendor for the next Toussaint L'Ouverture Symposium & Small Business Expo.

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