How can You Scale Up Small Business?

Please join the Center for an Urban Future for a policy symposium on:
Scaling Up Small Businesses In Queens
Wednesday, March 7th, 2018
8:00am – 10:30am

@LaGuardia Community College
The Little Theater
31-10 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City, Queens

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Gloria Abreu, Founder, Family United Home Care
  • Gregg Bishop, Commissioner, NYC Department of Small Business Services
  • Janice Fredericks, CEO & Founder, Fabulous Freddy’s
  • Yanki Tshering, Executive Director, Business Center for New Americans

Queens is experiencing an incredible boom in small business activity. The borough is home to over 43,000 businesses with 20 or fewer workers, and the number of these very small businesses increased by more than 31 percent since 2000.

But despite the surge in small business and start-up activity, relatively few of the small businesses in Queens—and throughout the five boroughs—manage to scale up and achieve sustained growth. Changing this, and helping more of the borough’s small businesses scale up, is an important opportunity to expand the number of middle-income jobs across the city and build wealth among neighborhood-based entrepreneurs.

Featuring a panel of Queens-based entrepreneurs and small business experts, this forum will explore the opportunity to turn more of Queen’s great small businesses into medium-sized and large businesses. The latest in a series of five forums across the city—with one in each borough—this solutions-focused discussion aims to better understand the challenges that inhibit the growth of local small businesses and the strategies that could be employed to help more of the small firms in Queens to grow to the next level.

Attendance is free, but space is very limited. RSVP is required via e-mail to

Coffee and a light breakfast will be served.


Wednesday, March 7th
8:00am – 10:30am
@LaGuardia Community College
The Little Theater
31-10 Thomson Avenue


8:00 Registration + Breakfast
8:30 Welcome + Introductory
8:40 Panel Discussion
10:30 Closing


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