Amelia Bernesby

A Night With IFS Fundraiser

Independence: A Family of Services is holding a fundraising event named, A Night With IFS on Thursday, October 29, 2015 @ 5:30 PM at Aljira, Center for Contemporary Arts, 591 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102-4403. Host Mike Woods, Weather Anchor, Good Day New York, Fox TV, will MC the event, as guests enjoy live entertainment, music, cocktails, tasty food & presentation of awards to the Honorees. The impressive list of Honorees includes:

Jay Badame
President & COO, Tishman Construction

The Honorable Ras Baraka
Mayor, City of Newark

Raymond L. Hamlin, Esq.
Founding Partner, The Law Firm of Hunt Hamlin & Ridley

Tracy L. Munford
Vice President of Public Relations and Community Affairs
Barnabas Health

RayZo, Inc. is responsible for organizing this event, as well as finding sponsors to make it happen. The beautifully design event collateral was also RayZo’s doing.

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North Jersey Federal Credit Union Hosts Small Business Summit

North Jersey Federal Credit Union recently hosted its 5th Annual Business Summit on September 3rd, 2015, which was a great success. This year’s turnout drew approximately 125 business people who spent the evening networking, listening to speakers discussing local business issues, all while enjoying some light refreshment. A free event, the summit is an opportunity for area business people to come together, connect, share ideas, and learn about resources to help them grow their business.

After some initial networking, several speakers, including Rick Martinez, Founder and CEO of Señor Sangria, Carlos Medina, the Chairman of the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, and Orville Morales, from the office of Representative Bill Pascrell (D-9th), discussed business successes along with resources available locally to help businesses grow. The speakers were introduced by Lourdes Cortez, President and CEO of North Jersey Federal Credit Union, and Richard Garcia, the Chief Business Development Officer.

Hunter Foundation Summer Campership and Mentorship Programs

After a successful Summer Campership program this past August, the Hunter Foundation, founded by Wendy Williams and her family, raised enough money to send 10 young girls from low income areas to summer camp at YMCA Camp Mason. Hunter Foundation gift bags with camp essentials and donated goods, as well as $50 towards their camp store accounts were given to the girls, along with an all expense paid two week stay at camp.


Soon to debut in the Spring of 2016, Girl Talk With Team Wendy is designed to bring together professional women who have excelled in their careers and pair them with girls who are a part of one or more of the Hunter Foundation community-based organization partnerships.


The program will assist the girls in building a relationship with each mentor that will allow for a free dialogue and inside look at each mentor’s profession, so that the mentee can receive guidance, direction, and personal and career development.


RayZo, Inc. founder Zoraya E. Lee-Hamlin acts as the Executive Director of the Summer Campership and Mentorship Program, and coordinated the entire program, as well as reached out to sponsors, potential mentors, accredited non-profits to recommend campers, and donors for money and in-kind donations. All collateral and website management was handled by RayZo, Inc.’s team of experts.

To learn more about the Hunter Foundation visit: HERE

RayZo client Elizabeth Development Company makes local news

Raising the public profile on behalf of clients is what RayZo is all about. Check out recent good news for the Elizabeth Development Company. RayZo also assists EDC in program development of its OJT initiatives.

Check out the video here:

And EDC’s blog post celebrating the news here:

United Way Countering Poverty One Community at a Time


As A Small Business Owner, Customize Your Customer Service


William O’dea

Commentary by Bill O’dea, Executive Director, Elizabeth Development Company

June 2015, Volume 1 Issue 2

The good news for 2015 is that many of us feel the rise in consumer confidence, and as small business owners, you may be feeling better about the economy. According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle website, the “Selig Center for Economics at the University of Georgia Terry School of Business and their 2014 Multicultural Report, U.S. minorities buying power has reached the highest levels and is outpacing inflation. They estimate that by 2019 Hispanics will account for 10.6 % of total U.S. buying power and Black buying power has seen an 86% increase since 2000 and accounts for 8.7% of the nation’s total.”