NE2P is a non-profit organization incorporated in 2008. The organization is committed to creating and sustaining a vibrant commercial center, the Downtown Little Haiti. NE2P has an eleven member Board of Directors who provides administrative oversight and strategic direction to the Executive Director. The Board of Directors is composed of city officials, local business owners, non-profit agencies and local residents. In 2010, NE2P was awarded the Volunteer Florida’s BEST Neighbourhood Grants to further implemented its mission to create downtown Little Haiti. Over 300 new volunteers were recruited to participate in various activities which would lead toward a long term revitalization plan for the area. NE2P collaborated with community organizations such as The Rhythm Foundation, Barry University and the MLK community mural project that had established local projects dedicated to furthering the development of Little Haiti. The Board of Directors selected Joann Milord, a former board member, as a part-time staff person to take the organization to the next level.
Over the last 3 years NE2P has been awarded the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) contracts from the City of Miami through their fiscal agency, Haitian American Community Development Corporation (HACDC) to provide technical assistance to micro-enterprises in District 5 which includes Little Haiti. NE2P assisted local small business in obtaining and managing City of Miami grant funding.
The technical assistance being provided includes the following:
-Conducting Marketing and outreach of the Request for Applications to eligible businesses
-Hosting Community Meetings
-Establishing scoring committee to review applications according to government requirements
– Assisting small business owners to develop a budget according to individual business needs
-Assisting Micro-enterprise with the application process
-Assistance in completion of contract with the City of Miami
-Assessment of current business standards, practices, needs and resources
-Assistance in required documentation to access funding
-On site evaluations and marketing recommendations for business expansion, product display and efficiency of utilization of retail space
– Provide ongoing technical assistance to grant recipients to access progress of business including increased profit, technology advancement and product development.
NE2P has been the recipient of two neighborhood Enhancement grants by CBS Outdoors and Clear Channel in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Both entities seek to strengthen non-profits that have significantly made a positive impact in an urban neighborhood.
NE2P has established strategic partnerships with the City of Miami, Little Haiti Cultural Center, former Commissioner Spence-Jones, Commissioner Hardemon, Commissioner Edmondson, Haitian American Chamber of Commerce, Greater Miami Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Leadership Miami, History Miami and the Consul General of Haiti in Miami.
NE2P strives to preserve and highland Haitian arts, music and culture. NE2P has been instrumental in organizing Haitian Heritage Month events, the grand –opening of the Caribbean Marketplace and establishing a Little Haiti Small Business Association. Currently, NE2P host two monthly events. First, an educational, social and cultural event for young professionals every second Friday of the month featuring a guest speaker who discusses various topics in French and Haitian Creole affecting the Haitian Diaspora. The second event is this project, Poetic Lakay, held every last Friday of the month.
One of the most important strengths of NE2P is its inclusivity and collaborative approach to community development. The partnership brings all the stakeholders together including government officials, city agencies, business owners, non-profit organizations, and local residents to assist in moving the agenda of the organization forward and helping the community to achieve its goals. The Board of Directors is representative of the community.