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Hip Hop Hall of Fame Media

September 30, 2010 12:17 ET

The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum Wins 'Innovation Award' at the UConn Veteran's Entrepreneur EBV Program Graduation

HHHOF Founder JT Thompson and Pioneers Plan NYC Press & Media Tour Plus Meetings With Record Labels, Bankers, & Corporate Partners October 1-10, 2010

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 30, 2010) -  The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum & Entertainment Complex that is slated for New York City in 2011 has just won an 'Innovative Business Award' at the UConn Veteran's Entrepreneur Boot-camp Program (EBV). The facility is in final development stages and will be located in a building in Manhattan. The facility will include the Hall of Fame Museum, retail gift store, a full service restaurant, and concert lounge with broadcasting capabilities. The HHHOF will be the city's newest 'cultural urban theme park,' and produce over 100 jobs, and anticipates over 300,000 visitors per year to the museum, and another 600,000 patrons per year to attend over 200 live events & concerts that will be produced at the facility ready for broadcast distribution on all multi-media platforms.

Executive Producer James JT Thompson, the Brooklyn born, Queens and California raised creator of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Television Show, that previously aired in national syndication and on BET cable network, participated in the Entrepreneur Program along with other veterans and those with Disabilities, who are 'American Heroes of Freedom' for serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The program was developed by Mike Haynie of the Whitman School of Business at Syracuse University in New York, and has since expanded to six major American schools including the University of Connecticut, UCLA, Florida State, Texas A&M, and Purdue University. The UConn program is headed up by Michael Zacchea, and facilitated by Professor Kathleen Dechant under the guidance of School of Business Dean Christopher Earley. 

"As a college educated veteran of the US Army, and of Community Service and Business this has been one the of the most challenging and fulfilling Business programs that I have ever had the honor and privilege to be a part of," stated J.T. Thompson, creator of the HHHOF Museum & Entertainment Complex. "I have bonded with some of the finest men and women in America that have served and sacrificed for the freedom of our rights and for free enterprise. I was humbled to be selected by my peers as the 'Team Player' award winner at the EBV Graduation to represent veteran's teamwork and perseverance. We were also treated by the UConn Athletic Department and were able to attend practice and share our experiences with the UConn Husky football team, who embraced all of us veterans as part of their University family."

The staff at UConn and the whole university community from the students, professors, to the alumni, local business leaders, and Corporate sponsors all came together to offer Veterans of the United States Military valuable education and training to take advantage of the opportunity to open up new businesses, provide jobs, and to become leaders in their communities. Business leaders were front and center sharing their entrepreneur stories, advice, and resources to assist the veterans including Steven Wilson of Vertex, Ambassador Paul Speltz of Global Strategic Associates in NYC, Robert Hughes of Top Coder, and Charles Yost of Booth Financial Associates to name a few, and they will also serve as mentors during the twelve month technical support plan provided to all of the veteran entrepreneurs by the program. Senator Dodd and Congressman Larson came by to show their support, and other participants included the SBA, Community Investment Banks, Sikorsky, Frito-Lay/Pepsi, Dell, Brooks Brothers, and Wal-Mart CEO Bill Simon, who gave the veteran's keynote address for success.

"This was an amazing experience, and I was so fortunate to participate in this once in a lifetime experience at the EBV," stated David Regan, an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran who will be launching his Veteran Services business as a veteran disabled business owner. He also stated that the tools and skills he developed in the program, has given him the insight and confidence to network and get socially involved in his community. David also received the 'Patriot' Award at the UConn EBV Graduation for developing the business that will do the most to help veterans. Other EBV veterans will be opening up their small businesses employing people including Jacqueline White-Tolefree US Army a Healthy Food Restaurant, Joseph Campbell US Army the Fish & Dreams Store, Joseph Nunuz USMC a Laundry Service, Dee Myrick US Air Force Corporate Training & Development, Chris Dalrymple Command Fitness Centers, Henry Rivera and Glen Brickus US Army Real Estate Sales & Development Companies, Duval Diaz US Army a Photography Company, Brady Fowler US Army a Green Heating Technology Firm, Nathan Atherly US Air Force the Repify Internet Company, Daniel Wright a Transportation Company, and Michael Peterson Award winning Singer, Civil & Military Servant who is presently in Iraq.

The HHHOF will be launching a Press & Media blitz in New York City from October 1-10, 2010. The executive producer James JT Thompson and hip hop Pioneers will present the plan for opening the HHHOF Museum & Entertainment Complex, the upcoming HHHOF Awards TV Show, and the NYC building interior designing and exhibit development. The team will be taking meetings with Corporate Partners, City Officials, Bankers, Record Label & Industry Executives, Artists, and Community leaders. Next will be an interview tour with Radio Stations, Television Stations, Newspapers, Bloggers, and Magazines. A plan is underway to facilitate a Press & Media Mixer where the HHHOF will unveil its 'Official Fan & Artists Community' website HipHopHoF.TV! It will include Fan and Artists interactive pages and profiles, the Hall of Fame Report Magazine, TV Channel, Official Store, Headline News, an Event Listing Service, an Industry wide Press Release Service, Issues & Solutions Forum, and our Hip Hop Directory. You can follow us at,, or at

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