This week on Urban Update, Host Alberto Vasallo will discuss the National Association of Asian American Professionals, or NAAAP. The Boston chapter of this association not only provides members with the tools and resources to develop careers, but also offers a diverse range of professional development programs as well as premiere networking events. On Sunday, October 4th, at the Marriott Hotel in Kendall Square, the Annual Leadership Forum will take place. To explain more about the NAAAP and its upcoming event, Alberto will be joined by President Eric Lam and Director of Corporate Relations, Jesse Nandhavan.
Next, Host Alberto Vasallo will discuss the Merrimack Valley Sandbox, which launched with the mission of boosting the economic and social well-being of greater Lowell and Lawrence by advancing entrepreneurship and innovation. So far, the Sandbox has been able to spread and encourage the entrepreneurial mindset to the youth in the Merrimack Valley. The organization works with key partners to award college students grants to experiment with their entrepreneurial idea. The Merrimack Valley Sandbox continues to work closely with area businesspeople and community leaders to encourage local entrepreneurs to move from ideas to actual businesses. Joining Alberto will be David Parker, the Executive Director for Merrimack Valley Sandbox, Janin Duran, the Program Manager for the Hispanic & Student Entrepreneurship and Danaris Mazara, the owner of Sweet Grace Heavenly Cakes, a participant and success story derivative of the Sandbox.
Closing out the week, Host Alberto Vasallo will discuss the 14th annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival—Boston's biggest block party—which takes place on September 27th from noon to 6pm on Columbus Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and Burke Street in Boston's South End. For the past 13 years, this festival has delighted tens of thousands with a host of jazz, Latin, blues, and groove acts as communities come out in force to enjoy world-class music on three stages. Families are entertained with face-painting, inflatables, photos, and even an instrument petting zoo. To provide more information on this event, Alberto will be joined by Rob Rose, Producer of Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, and David Fiuczynski, Guitarist for “Screaming Headless Torsos,” who will be performing this year.
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