ON BOARD! Philadelphia Universal Muslim Business Association

By Nimat Marie


PHILADELPHIA, Penn. – Many distinguish businessmen and women arrived for the re-launch of the United Muslim Business Association of Philadelphia, or UMBA, in January 2013.

The Business Association re-ignited with invited locales and guests from around the country. They came fervently to participate and show support. Guest speaker David Hasan, President of National Muslim Business Council, witnessed a packed room of people with renewed spirit, participates with many talents ready to roll up their sleeves and get busy.

UMBA is an organization dedicated to increasing economic education. Zakariyyah Abdur-Rahman, President of a $14 million community project generously opened his new facility located in Nicetown to host this esteem event.

Moreover, he is the UMBA chair. UMBA is also dedicated to restoring moral excellence in the Muslim increasing economic education.

Zakariyyah stated, “A critical part of the mission is to create a healthy and respectful business environment for growth and development of Muslim Businesses. We have a desire to grow our Muslim youth population in the area of economics, trade, commerce, entrepreneurship and professional business owners.”

Keeping up the momentum, UMBA held its first networking mixer on Feb. 21, 2013, at the beautiful Sole II Soul restaurant owned by Faruq. A delicious cuisine was served and the ambiance propelled professional networking; many numbers exchanged and memberships accumulated.

The distinguished and exceptionally successful guest speaker, Michael A. Rashid, CEO of the AmeriHealth Family of Companies, encouraged the association to work continuously on initiatives that will further build strategic relationships, engage through social media, make inroads with diversity and continue to build organizational structure.

During the evening, a membership drive was introduced and supporters were urged to become registered members. Membership includes the following: Social Media Advertising, Collective Purchasing, Member Discount, Technical Assistance, Product Distribution, Newsletter, Legal/Accounting, Procurement, Funding Sources and Small Business Development.

Also note that UMBA is always looking for talented and dedicated individuals to join their team and assist in providing a platform for Muslim American Business owners to connect, inspire and lead.

For more information or to contact the association regarding any of these initiatives, please send an email to umbaphilly@gmail.com.

Upcoming events include UMBA’s kick-off to a “Dynamic Political Forum and Networking Among Muslim Professionals,” held at I-Munch Cafe, a recent business ventured of proprietor Kareem Aquil Muhammad who recently had his grand opening.

The Dynamic Political Forum is sponsored by Sabir Omar, who is currently running for Traffic Court Judge and will be the keynote speaker. Some of the confirmed speakers for this exciting event are Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., Majority leader Rep. Ronald G. Waters, Ryan N. Boyer, Business Manager, Laborer’s District Council.

On May 2– 5, 2013, Universal Muslim Business Association is also sponsoring young adults to attend the 10th Annual National Muslim Business Conference in Fayetteville, N.C. They will come geared to strengthening and expanding young adults in establishing business ideas into reality. One of the guess speakers at the NMBA conference will be Zakariyyah, Chair of the Philadelphia’s UMBA.

The weekend in Fayetteville will be one of the biggest think tanks of 2013. To reserve your seat on the luxury cruiser leaving from Philadelphia, contact Rahimah Z. Abdullah-Sabir, administrator at 267-258-6050.

UMBA closes each letter with the slogan: “An honest and truthful businessman shall be in the shade of the Throne of Allah’s Paradise.” ~ Prophet Muhammed (salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam)

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