In the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010, we have expanded our services beyond providing financial literacy and business education. We have partnered with Councilmember Jumaane D. Williams forming the 45th District Haitian Relief Effort. Currently, HABNET's services also include coordinating the relief effort in the 45th District. Namely, establishing TPS Clinic sites, providing information about petitioning of a relative and other immigration issues, providing referrals for bereavement counseling, building a database of volunteers, providing translation services and more. We establish programs and collaborate with other service providers to ensure that people who recently come to Brooklyn from Haiti have access to the immediate resources that they need and are afforded the necessary tools to be self-sufficient.
On November 20, 2009 we held the “Doing Business with the Federal Government Conference” at the Brooklyn Business Library. The keynote speaker was Mr. Mark Oliver, Director Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, U.S. Dept of Interior. Other topics and speakers included: “Grant Writing for Best Results” Mr. Jocelyn McCalla, Chief Executive Officer, JMC Strategies. “Doing Business with New York City” Ms. Marie Delus, Deputy Agency Chief Contracting Officer, Office of the Mayor. “Doing Business with New York State” Ms. Marian Corbett, Purchasing Officer, Procurement Services Group (PSG) and Mr. Lee Bennett, Executive Director M/WBE and Community Relations, New York State Office of General Services. "The Brooklyn Business Library as a Resource" Ms. Maud Andrew, Programs and Outreach Manager, Brooklyn Public Library's Business Library. "Small Business Financing" Ms. Elizabeth Abreu, Business Development Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration. Finally, “A HABNET Presentation” Mr. Jackson Rockingster, Chairman and President, HABNET Chamber of Commerce.
On September 5, 2008 in recognition of Emergency Preparedness Month, HABNET held a Business Emergency Preparedness Seminar at the Brooklyn Business Library. The seminar included speakers from the Brooklyn Business Library, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Kitoko Insurance, Optimum Realty and Document Integrated Technologies.