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Thriving OKAP: Fostering Relationships across the Diaspora and Encouraging Local Entrepreneurship to Strengthen OKAP’s Economy

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New York, NY – August 6, 2018 – Boudoir House, a New York-based boutique offering clients specialized beauty and style management services, officially comes home with the Pop-Up of their boutique in Okap, Haiti on Tuesday, August 14. Maritza Boudoir, the owner of Boudoir House and co-founder of MAPLAOKAP, has partnered with Wanda Tima, the founder of L’union Suite, to also launch Thriving OKAP, an initiative that brings together entrepreneurs across the Haitian Diaspora to explore how to revive Cap-Haïtien’s local economy.

There are many challenges that the city of Okap faces: limited access to education, healthcare and underdeveloped infrastructures that hinder socio-economic growth. Yet through these challenges, Thriving OKAP envisions opportunities for growth and development. “Okap is ripe for business”, explains Maritza Boudoir. “By fostering relationships with the diaspora and the region’s entrepreneurs, we will change the narrative about Okap, develop strategies to strengthen the economy, and revive the local tourism industry”. She continues, “This is an opportunity for Haitians to unite for a better and brighter Haiti”.

Events, beginning at 3:00 pm, consist of a pop-up store, lunch mixer, and three panels focusing on Thriving OKAP’s mission: Lakay Kap Travay, Re-Imagine Okap and #SheThrives. The panels, curated by Boudoir House, L’Union Suite and the Chambre de Commerce et D’Industrie Nord Haiti, highlight local entrepreneurship, activism, culture & tourism, how to utilize social media to grow your business and bridging the gap between the Diaspora and the local community. Panelists and subject experts leading these discussions will include Wanda Tima expert in Communication and Social Media, Carl K. Almonacy Chief of Cabinet expert in law, local governance, urban politics, Matti Domingue expert in Makeup- Artistry entrepreneurship, and Guy Wewe Journalist. The evening will conclude around 7:00 pm, with a networking event attended by community leaders, influencers, entrepreneurs and young professionals.

Boudoir House’s Pop-Up Shop is the first of many events working to establish a community of Haitian influencers, empowered to advance Haiti’s potential and align their businesses with the needs of their consumers. We invite you to participate in this transformative exchange between locals and leaders from the diaspora to ultimately build a Thriving OKAP!

About Maritza Boudoir

Maritza Boudoir is a business owner, social entrepreneur and a beauty expert based in New York. She founded Boudoir House as a way to empower women by helping them elevate their image and branding. With over 10 years of experience in the beauty and fashion industry, Maritza knows how to create unique and customized style for each individual client- Authenticity and confidence are very important keys to success and Maritza knows how to get her clients there.

Her versatile clientele includes celebrities such as Vicky Jeudy from the Netflix hit show Orange is the new black, Business Coach and entrepreneur Nadege Fleurimond, Award-winning film producer Francesca Andre and popular radio Journalist Guy Wewe to name a few.

Migrated to the US at the age of 12, Maritza graduated valedictorian from her high school and received her bachelor in Criminology with a minor in Political Science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She also has a master in Human Resource Management from Nova Southeastern University. After college, she went to work with 1199/SEIU for 5 years where she helped organize health care workers into union to fight for their rights and dignity. She is currently the assistant General Manager for the largest minority-owned Transportation Company in the US. Maritza’s success doesn’t stop there. She is also the founder of Thriving OkAP, an initiative that brings together entrepreneurs across the Haitian Diaspora to explore ways to revive OkAP’s economy.

With MAPLAOKAP and Thriving Okap, Maritza’s mission is to empower local entrepreneurs by helping them develop tools and strategies to take their business to the next level. These initiatives are ways for both the Diaspora and the local community to synergize, be involved in decision-making and the future of their hometown, OKAP. MAPLA-literal translation is “I am here” and in order to create change, leaders have to take action and Maritza is the type of leader who leads with action.

About L’union Suite

L’Union Suite is the number one Haitian-American lifestyle, tourism, culture, society, and entertainment blog sites/digital platform on the Internet. Taking the net by storm, L’Union Suite shares informative articles, poignant interviews, videos and up-to-the-minute social media updates that capture the world’s attention by showing a positive, productive view of all that is Haitian. Our content is carefully curated and we have created a niche in the International and Caribbean industry not often celebrated.

Since our launch in October 2011, the platform includes a business directory, yearly celebrity fundraising events, monthly Facebook live shows, monthly podcast show, and the team has traveled internationally covering events like the Super Bowl and partnering with celebrities like Karen Civil, Pierre Garcon, Pras Michel, Wyclef Jean, Jack Brewer, Andre Berto, Mackenzie Alexandre, Mona Scott-Young highlighting the best of the best of Haiti and the Haitian culture.

We have had the pleasure to partner with various brands like Marriott, Spirit Airways, Cricket Wireless, JBF Worldwide, Embassy Of Haiti in Washington DC, Haiti Tech Summit and launch events such as our celebrity “Strike For Education” Bowling Tournament, HashTag Lunch bag, Hidden Figures and hosted dignitaries like Haiti president Jovenel Moïse and First Lady Martine Moïse

About 21 Creative Group

CG21 is a multimedia creative boutique servicing established and emerging artists in arts and entertainment. As an independently owned and operated agency, we focus on working on a one on one basis with our clients by helping each of them establish a trusted voice and presence in their related field.

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