Greater New Haven Business and Professional Association
192 Dixwell Ave.
Suite 3
New Haven CT 06511-3451
Contact Information
Address 192 Dixwell Ave.
Suite 3
New Haven, CT 06511-3451
Telephone (203) 562-2193 x
Fax 203-562-0000
Web and Social Media

GNHBPA was created to empower minority and female-owned businesses. Through its professional staff and dedicated volunteers, minority owned small business have received support towards reaching often-difficult road of profitability. GNHBA provides support through its massive business network, technical support, and training resources, which help hundreds of firms to become established profitable enterprises.


At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1972
Former Names
Greater New Haven Business and Professional Men's Association, Inc.
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Charity Type I Supporting Organization
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Reynaud L Harp
Board Chair Mr. Wesley Oliver
Board Chair Company Affiliation Oliver Painting and Construction, LLC
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years

GNHBPA was created to empower minority and female-owned businesses. Through its professional staff and dedicated volunteers, minority owned small business have received support towards reaching often-difficult road of profitability. GNHBA provides support through its massive business network, technical support, and training resources, which help hundreds of firms to become established profitable enterprises.



GNHBPA grew out of the need in the early sixties for Black businessmen and professionals to band together for: (1) Mutual support; (2) to become aware of services being provided by Black professionals other than the legal and medical/dental areas; (3) to gain access to business capital; (4) create a network of trained, knowledgeable and influential friends with a common ethnic background.

The organization was founded by a genesis group, all New Haven based, consisted of Edward Cherry, an Architect in private practice; Gerald Clark, Owner of a private insurance agency; the Rev. William Philpot, Pastor of Community Baptist Church; Zollie Stringer, Social Worker at the Dixwell Community House (Q-House) and Dr. Lylburn Downing, a Dentist in private practice. This fledging group met over a period to discuss their vision and goals. As time went by other known Black business and professional individuals were invited to join the group until it was agreed that a legal organization was necessary. Attorney Herb Scott volunteered his legal expertise to incorporate the group's philosophy onto paper. The name "Greater New Haven Business & Professional Men's Association" was chosen. Later, due to the sensitivity to the role that women such as Katherine Jackson Harris and others began to play in business and the professions, the name was changed to “The Greater New Haven Business & Professional Association".

With an initial grant from the New Haven Foundation (now known as The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven), the organization began to provide Black businesses with needed business technical assistance with Gerald Clark, an MBA graduate from New York University, heading up the bulk of the work as the first Executive Director.

From that early beginning the organization evolved into a major minority consulting entity with contracts and grants from the State of Connecticut, the United States Department of Commerce, City of New Haven and others offering business technical assistance, construction contractor assistance, loan packaging help and practical business advice.


Recent trends are compelling more Americans to move from the work force to being small business owners, with this in mind, over the past year, GNHBPA has helped hundreds of minority owned businesses to become established through its programs which grant access to its network, provide technical support and training resources. These same businesses have been offered the opportunity to receive information on contracting opportunities, training experiences, and supports such as healthcare coverage. Through our partnership with Access Health CT, GNHBPA offered its members on site information and enrollment. Last, we continue to be responsive to the needs of the member firms, which have compelled attention towards building partnerships and collaborations with similarly situated organizations as well as those, which will offer new opportunities.


GNHBPA needs the following: 1. Strategic planning that will guide its future in the changing landscape and allow it to explore new revenue opportunities; 2. Succession planning; 3. Updated computer equipment; 4. an enhanced website and social media outlets; 5. marketing support, which would develop better messaging.

CEO Statement

Greater New Haven Business and Professional Association, Inc. were founded to support and provide assistance to minority owned businesses nearly 50 years ago. Since 1965, the GNHBPA addresses equity and opportunity for the minorities in business, employment, and economic development.

We continue to believe in our purpose from nearly 50 years ago. To that end, we encourage and support the pursuit of entrepreneurship, business, professional excellence, and economic empowerment.

Our principles are:

To facilitate access to people and resources.

To identify and reward excellence in achievement.

To establish linkages and co-operate with other organizations on matters pertaining to business, economic development and community wellness.

To build cross-cultural understanding and promote equity.

Board Chair Statement

Currently, the Board of Directors is focused on three areas: 1. To increase funding so that it can stabilize existing programs and serve new and existing business organizations, 2. To complete a strategic planning process so that it can align current programs with current economic trends and those on the rise; 3. To develop a succession plan that will allow a smooth transition between the foundation members and new leadership without destabilize the organization. With these three goals on the forefront of the work of the Board, we continue to remain fiscally responsible, dedicated, and committed. In addition, we continue to embrace our vast network of talent to provide assistance, guidance, and leadership that enhance the programmatic offerings of the organization.

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Business and Industry
Secondary Organization Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy / Management & Technical Assistance
Tertiary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Economic Development
Areas Served
East Haven
Lower Naugatuck Valley
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
State wide
West Haven
GNHBPA serves minority owned businesses in the Greater New Haven area. There are no barriers to any person regardless of background or affiliations who may receive program services or technical support.
Building Contractors Program
Community Development and Outreach programs to include:1. Minority small business technical assistance and training; 2. Access Health informational outreach, reports and canvassing; and 3. O.S.H.A. training sponsored by H.E.D.C.O.
Population Served Minorities / Females / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. On a daily basis, GNHBPA assists new and developing minority businesses. No one it turned away. The growth and predicted increase growth of new businesses in America reminds GNHBPA that it is a necessary organization.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Ultimately, GNHBPA wants to remain cutting edge. Upon its creation, there were no other businesses served nor catered to the needs of minorities in business. Despite the societal growth America has enjoyed, race is relevant and barrier continue to exist. As such, GNHBPA remains a necessary organization that supports minority owned businesses.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. GNHBPA staff meet with business owners weekly to address concerns and issues relevant to the program. GNHBPA members use the resources of the organization to learn about opportunities and access technical support. Primarily, GNHBPA focuses on receiving feedback from its business owner members during its weekly meetings which allows it to collect information that reflects the services offered needed by business owners. This information along with evaluations of staff and directives from our Board of directors insure that our organization provides the best services to area minority business owners. These practices allow GNHBPA to regularly re-evaluates its programs and supports to ensure necessary adjustments are made according to needs of the business owners.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Each Wednesday, GNHBPA hosts a networking meeting. The meetings continue to be standing room only. This is because of the valuable resources that it provides to minority business owners.
CEO/Executive Director
Mr. Reynaud L Harp
Term Start Jan 1966

Since the inception of the GNHBPA, Gerald Clark has served as its faithful executive director. Mr. Clark has an extensive history operating his own insurance firm in the city of New Haven. He brings his years of professional experience, knowledge of the landscape of the city of New Haven and the various available programs and his extensive network as tools that guide his work as the executive director. A quiet but passionate leader and team player, he is able to identify opportunities and to activate resources as needed. Mr. Clark is a strong resource that upholds the efforts of the GNHBPA.

Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 11
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
Mr. Gerald Clark-
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Current collaborations exist between numerous business entities within the region which support the programs and efforts of the GNHBPA. Specific collaborations include a relationship between it and Access Health CT, the City of New Haven Board of Alders, the NAACP and First Alliance, and HEDCO. GNHBPA also enjoys collaborating with smaller firms which offer technical assistance to members such as back office supports, professional services and contracting support. 
Board Chair
Mr. Wesley Oliver
Company Affiliation Oliver Painting and Construction, LLC
Term July 2016 to June 2019
Board of Directors
Mr. Edward Cherry
Mrs. Brenda Foskey-Hill
Mr. Clifton Graves Jr.
Mr. Reynaud HarpNutmeg State Business Advisors
Ms. Claire Hendricks
Mr. William JackonTLC Services, LLC
Mr. Fredrick Johnson
Ms. Theresa Jones
Ms. Janice ParkerTotal Life Changes
Mr. Wayne RountreeCommunity/Neighborhood Development Consultants, LLC
Mr. Larry Thomas212 Exchange Street LLC
Mr. James WalkerBelieve in Me
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 10
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 5
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 75%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
CEO Comments

GNHBPA is at a crossroads in relation to its future path. We believe that by undertaking an opportunity to examine its efforts using fresh eyes it can freely consider all aspects of its programs for the sake of improving its organizational structure and promoting sustainability for the organization. The intended goals of the project would enrich GNHBPA and provide it with a much-needed organizational diagnosis that would allow it to continue supporting minority business owners. Success would be provide GNHBPA with a map that leads to its future through action steps that through organizational exploration of the major components of its business model can ensure overall sustainability.

Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $110,454.00
Projected Expenses $110,454.00
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Form 990s
990 Form2016
990 Form2015
990 Form2014
990 Form2013
990 Form2012
990 Form2011
990 Form2010
Audit Documents
Financial Statement2012
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS Tax Exemption Letter
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$268,675$213,667$246,175
Current Assets$2,592$11,311$43,819
Long-Term Liabilities$86,659$52,602$74,638
Current Liabilities----$16,005
Total Net Assets$182,016$161,065$155,532
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
CEO Comments
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 192 Dixwell Ave.
Suite 3
New Haven, CT 065113451
Primary Phone 203 562-2193
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Reynaud L Harp
Board Chair Mr. Wesley Oliver
Board Chair Company Affiliation Oliver Painting and Construction, LLC


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