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Black Theatre United Inaugural Gala Supported by Business for Good

BROADWAY WORLD – Black Theatre United’s inaugural gala, “A Night to Remember,” will take place on Monday, October 3 at The Rooftop at Pier 17. Supported by Business for Good, the evening will begin with a concert featuring performances by America’s most sought-after Black Broadway and theater talent.


Inside the plans for the new Hattie’s in Albany

ALBANY BUSINESS REVIEW – Work on the future home of Hattie’s Restaurant in Albany could start as soon as September. The foundation backing the restaurant — Business For Good — is just waiting for historic tax credit approval, said founder Ed Mitzen. The renovation of the former Lombardo’s on Madison Avenue near Pearl Street will take about 12 months and likely cost more than $2 million.

Restaurant seats aplenty coming to Voorheesville

TIMES UNION – In Voorheesville, BFG will replace the razed Stewart’s at 42 S. Main with a 5,000-square-foot restaurant, to be called Blackbirds Tavern; a dentist’s office across the street at 43 S. Main will be razed to make way for Blackbirds Bike Cafe; and a four-unit apartment building at 40 S. Main, behind the future tavern, will be removed to make way for a parking lot.

Discovering Saratoga: Hattie’s Track Shack

NEWS10 – Hattie’s Restaurant has made a name for itself for its award-winning cuisine, even named the best fried chicken in New York State by Food Network. “Hattie’s stood for community, everything she did was about supporting friends, family in the neighborhood so we just continue that tradition,” said Chef Mark Graham. 

Business for Good projects approved

VOORHEESVILLE — Fifteen months after it was first presented as a restaurant-only proposal, the Voorheesville Planning Commission recently approved Ed Mitzen’s scaled-up plan to remake a large part of the village’s downtown.

Business for Good welcomes new Chief Financial Officer

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Wadler St Jean joins the Business for Good team with a strategic vision for the philanthropic organization.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Wadler St Jean has been named Business for Good’s Chief Financial Officer, with an official start date of Monday, May 23. In previous roles, Wadler served as Chief Financial Officer for several Capital Region nonprofits, Senior Auditor for the New York State Department of Education and as an accountant for several accounting firms. Driven by a passion for learning and a strong work ethic, Wadler holds several college degrees, including two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree.

“I pride myself on overcoming challenges and realizing new opportunities,” said Wadler. “My mission is to offer Business for Good a positive perspective, a strategic vision, and expert problem-solving skills to further its mission. I am thrilled to be joining this renowned team.”

Business for Good CEO Jahkeen Hoke says Wadler’s high ethical standards, extensive financial experience, and detail-oriented approach will make him an asset to BFG.

“A forward-thinking leader, Mr. Wadler is dedicated to creating a better future for all,” said Hoke. “He thrives on helping improve the lives of others, promoting equality and giving back to the community. He will be an asset to the BFG team and be able to offer an informed, data-driven process for decision-making. We look forward to this new partnership.”


About Business for Good™

With values rooted in equity, access, opportunity, and prosperity, Business for Good has advanced the model of traditional venture philanthropy to Do Good and Give Back to communities in the Greater Capital Region of Albany. Formed in 2020, BFG seeks to give back to move forward and is rooted in the core principle of “for good, not gain.” Its efforts were recognized on a national level with a 2022 Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Honorable Mention, which recognizes pioneering teams that are playing an important role in the betterment of the world through intentional philanthropy. Comprised of a mission-focused team, Business for Good™ believes no challenge is insurmountable through hard and thoughtful work. With a goal to provide businesses and organizations with sustained support, BFG invests in people for the long term and in every way. Business for Good: building better businesses, stronger communities, and a more equitable world. To learn more, visit
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