Some small businesses won’t back BID in Jackson Heights, Corona


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photos By Angy Altamirano

Some business owners are saying no to the expansion that would bring a business improvement district (BID) to the Jackson Heights and Corona area for fear of losing what makes the community diverse. The 82nd Street Partnership, a non-profit group promoting the current local BID covering four blocks and over 160 businesses, announced in March […]

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Queens small businesses burdened by fines, says de Blasio


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio's Flickr

Queens small businesses are suffering because of excessive fines from city agencies, while Manhattan is left practically untouched, according to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. Fine revenue from the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) and Department of Health (DOH) on Queens businesses has risen by $54 million between fiscal years 2002 and 2012, de Blasio […]

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New campaign helps small businesses impacted by Sandy


| dpetrovich@queenscourier.com

Screenshot from supportnycsmallbusiness.com

In an effort to help small businesses that have been affected by Sandy, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn joined forces with the Department of Small Business Services to launch the “Support NYC Small Business” campaign. This new promotional campaign encourages locals and tourists to shop in New York City neighborhoods that were hit hardest by […]

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$5.5M to help small businesses ‘get back up and running’


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has allocated $5.5 million for small businesses affected by Sandy. “Getting small businesses back on their feet is key to helping our economy recover from Sandy,” said Bloomberg. “The capital provided through this program will help businesses purchase supplies, make repairs and get back up and running.” The Mayor’s Fund to Advance […]

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Federal agencies aid LIC small businesses


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Dozens of small business owners brought to the end of their ropes by Superstorm Sandy received a helping hand in Long Island City. “You’re overwhelmed by losing your business and then you have to fill out paperwork on top of it,” said Gianna Cerbone-Teoli, owner of Manducatis Rustica Restaurant. “One guy said it would be […]

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Small businesses have their day


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photo by Melissa Chan

Smack in the middle of two of the biggest retail days of the year, local shops in Bayside celebrated Small Business Saturday. The Bayside Village Business Improvement District [BID], consisting of over 200 businesses including shoe outfitters, flower shops and bookstores, celebrated its retail diversity on Saturday, November 24 with a block party and gift […]

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Sandy-damaged small businesses eligible for expedited, low interest loans


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

As businesses still struggle to rebuild following Sandy, the New York Bankers Association (NYBA) and the New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC) have created a $10 million small business emergency fund providing immediate financial assistance for those affected by the superstorm, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. “The banking industry understands that the quick recovery of […]

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Small businesses cashing in with Con Ed energy efficiency programs


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Small businesses throughout New York City and Westchester County are taking advantage of a Con Edison energy-efficiency program to save money and preserve the environment. The program focuses on assisting small businesses by providing them with incentives of up to 70 percent for the cost of upgrading major heating, cooling and lighting systems. Con Edison […]

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Bill designed to extend tax breaks for small businesses


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Women make up more than half the work force, but are often paid less than their male counterparts. A similar discrepancy exists for women-owned small businesses. Though it is one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, women-owned businesses start with eight times less capital. For that reason, on August 21, U.S. Senator Kirsten […]

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2013 All-Star Game, a home run for small businesses


| rbasso@queenscourier.com

It was recently announced that the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star extravaganza will be held in New York at Citi Field. It was estimated that this series of events will generate almost $200 million in economic activity for the city and attract more than 175,000 visitors. The last time this event was held in New […]

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How Can Small Businesses Address The Wage Gap?


| rbasso@queenscourier.com

I was honored to participate in a panel discussion a few months ago, The Enterprising & Professional Women – New York State Equal Pay Day Breakfast. After listening to some of the numbers discussed, including the statistic that women average twenty cents less on the dollars than men in regards to salary, I couldn’t help […]

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‘10,000 Small Businesses’
graduates first class


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The first graduates of the Goldman Sachs “10,000 Small Businesses Initiative” celebrated their graduation along with the billionaire businessman Warren Buffett and other prominent figures. The graduation was held at LaGuardia Community College on Wednesday, September 22. LaGuardia Community College was the first community college in the country selected for the $500 million; five-year program […]

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‘10,000 Small Businesses’
graduates first class


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The first graduates of the Goldman Sachs “10,000 Small Businesses Initiative” celebrated their graduation along with the billionaire businessman Warren Buffett and other prominent figures. The graduation was held at LaGuardia Community College on Wednesday, September 22. LaGuardia Community College was the first community college in the country selected for the $500 million; five-year program […]

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Lenders, Officials Outline Financing Options for Small Businesses


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Congressmember Nydia M. Velázquez joined with government officials and local lenders to host a workshop to give advice to small business owners in Queens. “Information is power,” said Velázquez, who is the chair of the House Committee on Small Business. “Remember, not every time you have the answer, and you can get help.” The discussion […]

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