ADC Business Awards Luncheon 2012

The first annual ADC Business Awards Luncheon was held on September 14, 2012 at the Town & Country Club in St. Paul. This event is our way of recognizing the growing community of African-owned businesses throughout Minnesota, and celebrating the successes and positive economic impact they are bringing to the many cities and regions of the state.

Drawing an impressive number of attendees in a variety of sectors, these awards were a wonderful platform to highlight not only the important work of the African Development Center but, more importantly, the hard work, dedication, and regional benefits of this growing business community of African immigrants and refugees.

With ADC Executive Director, Hussein Samatar, playing the role of Master of Ceremonies, this luncheon featured remarks from: St. Paul Deputy Mayor, Paul WilliamsBMO Harris Bank Executive, Shana Ford; and keynote speech from award-winning Economics Journalist, Chris Farrell.

ADC is proud to announce the winners for 2012:

Business of the Year:

Katar River Restaurant and Bakery Logo

Located at 2751 Minnehaha Avenue in Minneapolis, they are also available for catering.

Visit the website or call 612-245-0556 to learn more!


People’s Choice:

Salama Child Care Logo

Providing caring and educational services in two locations – downtown Minneapolis and St. Cloud


Pillar of Strength:

Dorsey & Whitney, LLP logo

In recognition of the many hours of pro bono legal services generously provided to ADC and its clients.

  • A speaker at the luncheon
  • A speaker at the luncheon
  • People's Choice award winner Somala Child Care Center with Hussein Samatar
  • A representative of Business of the Year award winner Katar River Restaurant & Bakery
  • An awards recipient stands with Hussein Samatar

While we were disappointed that the planned Keynote Speaker, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Dr. Reuben E. Brigety, II, was unable to attend due to international affairs, he was generous enough to provide the Keynote Speech he had prepared for the event. Please take a minute to download and read through this very interesting and thoughtful piece.

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ADC would like to thank the Presenting Sponsor for these awards

BMO Harris Bank Logo

and the co-host for the event

Books for Africa Logo