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Hard Beat Executive Among African and Caribbean Business Council Honorees

CaribWorldNews, PHILADEPHIA, PA, Fri. Nov. 12, 2010: Hard Beat Communications executive, Chris Chaplin, was among three Caribbean national recently honored by the African and Caribbean Business Council.

HBC Vice President, Christopher Chaplin, was presented with the  ACBC Award for Excellence in recognition for his commitment to excellence in serving the Caribbean community in Philadelphia, at an Awards ceremony  at the Hilton Hotel in Philadelphia on Saturday, Nov. 6th. 

Chaplin served as chairman of the Philadelphia Caribbean Complete Count Committee of the 2010 US Census and as a member of the Mayor`s Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs for the city of Philadelphia. He also served as co-chairman of Team Jamaica Bickle Philadelphia.

The other honorees included Tina Byles Williams of Jamaica and Giordani Jean Baptiste of Haiti. Byles Williams received the ACBC Award for Entrepreneurship in recognition of her entrepreneurial accomplishments as CEO & CIO of FIS Group, Inc., a Philadelphia based asset management and investment advisory firm. Founded by Byle Williams, FIS Group was one of the earliest minority owned full service financial service consulting firms in the United States.

Jean Baptiste was honored for his outstanding service to the African and Haitian communities as a former president of the Board of Directors of AFRICOM and for his contribution as a current vice president of the Haitian Coalition of Philadelphia.

The dinner was also attended by the incumbent Governor of Pennsylvania, Edward Rendell; Senator Mike Brubaker of Pennsylvania, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell of the Philadelphia City Council and several ambassadors from the Africa and the Caribbean including Ambassador Audrey Marks of Jamaica.

The awards to Byles Williams and Chaplin were handed over by Ambassador Marks, who commended both Jamaicans on their service to the Caribbean community.

According to ACBC President, Dr. Azuka Anyiam, `The ACBC Awards are presented to individuals who have displayed excellence in their areas of expertise.  Through their service they have not only added value to their communities, but have also made significant contributions to the development of the City of Philadelphia and the United States at large.`

The ACBC was founded in 2006 with the mission of promoting and preserving the business interests of African and Caribbean entrepreneurs in the greater Philadelphia area while bridging the cultural divide between member countries and the larger community through education and the encouragement of mutual tolerance.

Hard Beat Communications` key focus is on promoting the Caribbean and Latin America through key signature events and strategic alliances. The company has built a strong news infrastructure and operation through CaribWorldNews, which serves news to a number of corporate clients including Tempo TV among several other news groups, and reaches over 10,000 subscribers through its e-news as well as millions monthly through its audio newscast on 13 U.S. radio stations.

Hard Beat serves a marketplace that`s put at over 68 million alone in the US, Canada, UK and the Caribbean region. It`s a marketplace whose economic impact, particularly the Caribbean Diaspora has gradually increased with Caribbean immigrants sending remittances totaling some $6 billion in 2005, according to the Inter American Development Bank.

Hard Beat Communications is the 2009 winner of the Best of Business Award in the News correspondents, independent category by the Small Business Commerce Association.

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