Gladys Brangman is at her best when serving others and has set out to make the small business world more profitable by offering support services and networking opportunities. Her most recent venture is Business Leaders of Colors (BLOC). She believes that business owners of color(s) can not only survive but thrive as long as they are aware of and support one another. A gathering to celebrate Black History Month, transformed into a network that became a business. BLOC offers business and financial training, marketing and networking opportunities. Originally from Albany, New York, Gladys has a BA in Communications forn SUNY Cortland and a master’s degree in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation from Abilene Christian University. Gladys has lived in the Ithaca area for the better part of 30 years. She makes her home in Lansing, New York, teaches dance when she can and believes that there is no higher calling than that of a servant.