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Lunch & Learn: Tax Strategy for Entrepreneurs & Freelancers

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is launching a “Lunch & Learn” program starting on Wednesday, June 29, 12pm noon. The program will be conducted virtually via remote video conference and will feature industry experts presenting on a variety of topics important to small business owners and freelancers. The Lunch & Learn program is part of the Chamber’s continuing effort to support the Flushing community and help revive the local economy, which was devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as a surge in anti-Asian hate crimes and scapegoating.

“We’re proud to be partnering with the Lili Banking for Your Business to bring highly informative and educational webinars for our business community,” stated Taehoon Kim, President of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce.

The topic of the first Lunch & Learn webinar will be “Demystifying Taxes for Small Business with Lili” – a 1-hour session led by business expert Wendi Caplan-Carroll, who will walk participants through the core tools and information that make tackling taxes (and saving money) easier than ever.

“Lili Banking for Business’s commitment to solo business owners helps empower those building their businesses,” stated SMB expert (and solo business owner) Wendi Caplan-Carroll. “Taxes are one of the biggest challenges stressing out small business owners. This workshop helps alleviate some of that stress by simply breaking down what taxes one would be responsible for and how to make sure you account for all those business expenses that may help you reduce your tax burden and stay more organized.”

Attendees will learn about: Taxes 101: How self-employment and income taxes are calculated; Smart Tax Tools: Leverage Lili to ensure you only pay what you owe; and, Get Prepared: Avoid penalties and organize your finances before you file.

Lili Banking for Business was established in 2018 to empower entrepreneurs with the tools and services designed to save them time and money. Lili is redesigning banking to help the innovation economy – the freelancers and small businesses redefining work – to grow their business. For more information, visit lili.co.

The Chamber’s “Lunch & Learn” program is free and open to the public, but registration is required at lunchlearnwebinar.eventbrite.com.

All registrants will receive a copy of “Your Small Business,” which includes everything you need to know about managing your business.

For more information, read the Queens Patch.

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Businesses Can Now Apply for $90,000 Grant

Love Your Local Small Business Grant Program
NYC Love Your Local grants are open to small businesses operating for at least three years in New York City’s five boroughs.
Selected businesses will receive up to 20 hours of in-depth consultations from industry experts to determine how best to adapt to rising real estate costs, and up to $90,000 in grant funding to implement recommendations.

Each business selected to participate in the Love Your Local grant program will receive up to 20 hours of assessment with an expert business adviser and up to $90,000 in grants to put in place the recommended projects identified during this assessment. These projects can range from advancing the operations, technology, or financial management of the business, to improvements in hiring and training of employees, to enhancements of their physical space.

 Applications for Love Your Local are open now until August 10. Businesses can apply here: https://loveyourlocal.cityofnewyork.us/apply-for-a-grant/.

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Casting Small Business Owners who are Chase Ink Customers!

Vitamin Enriched, a real people casting company, is working with Chase to find small business owners who are Chase Ink customers. We are casting an exciting advertising campaign that will feature small business owners in their business locations. We are specifically looking for businesses located in and around New York Tri-state area, Los Angeles, Austin/Houston, Portland (Oregon),  and New Orleans. The ideal businesses will have a brick and mortar or some other physical location. 


Maybe you own a restaurant, are a farmer or an artisan. Maybe you’ve just opened a B&B, are an architect or design clothing. Whatever it is, we want to hear about how you are keeping your business successful and how you are using your Chase Ink card for your business. 

Skype audition interviews: Late May – Auditions take about 20 minutes
Callback: Early June via video chat
Shoot: Shoot dates are taking place in July. If selected, it would be a one day shoot at your place of business.
Payment & usage: If selected for the shoot, your business will be paid $1,000. Unlimited use, any & all media, worldwide in perpetuity. Included but not limited to: the Chase website, Chase social media channels, online digital advertising, marketing emails and printed materials such as flyers, mailers and posters.

*Unfortunately, we cannot consider exclusively home-based businesses. 

*Those who are selected will be asked to participate in a criminal background check.

*You must be a current Chase Ink customer to be considered.

Please email us the following details ASAP to: info@vitaminenrichedfilms.com




Business Name, address, website and any social media links:

  • Please tell us a little about your business and what makes it unique
  • Who works with you? (number of employees – any co-owners etc.)
  • What would you say are the most visually interesting aspects of your business?
  • Tell me about the location(s) where you make, sell or conduct your business.
  • How do you use your Chase Ink card?
  • Have you ever been featured in advertising for any brand or business (other than your own)? If so,  please tell us which one(s).
  • Please send us a couple of photos of yourself along with some photos of your business (photos that will give us an idea of what you make, do, sell).

Thanks so much!

-Kathy, Joe, Mary Anne, Evadne & Team VE
Vitamin Enriched

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What’s Your Destination for Dessert Indulgence?

Myriad specialty desserts spots in Flushing will offer you a glimpse of the neighborhood’s rich diversity and dynamism. Whether you’re seeking a late-night sugar rush or an elegant afternoon tea, our bustling neighborhood will surprise and delight! Yes, Flushing is a great place for a piping hot bowl of noodle soup for lunch or an expansive Cantonese banquet for dinner, but afterwards take a stroll along Prince Street, down 37th Avenue, or along Main Street and make your desserts a high point, rather than an end point to your meal.

Check out “Flushing, Your Destination for Dessert Indulgence” by Jillian Abbott on the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce’s new neighborhood portal and visitor guide, Flushing Fantastic, to learn about a few places worthy of your taste buds.

FLUSHING FANTASTIC is a district wide initiative to promote the best of Flushing and invite visitors to experience all that Flushing offers. This year, the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with Asian Americans for Equality, the Flushing BID, and the NYC Department of Small Business Services to launch a new district campaign to promote our vibrant and exciting neighborhood. This new online portal guides you to the best spots in Flushing with itineraries for exploration, recommends places to visit and eat, and most importantly, shines the spotlight on the people who live and work here.

Local businesses also benefit from this campaign: we are hosting free marketing workshops with the NYC Department of Small Business Services to assist entrepreneurs and provide a range of resources, including a style guide with neighborhood brand assets that businesses and community partners can use to promote the amazing things they are doing in Flushing, Queens.

Find Yourself Here!


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National America’s SBDC(Small Business Development Center) Day


National SBDC Day will unite the nearly 1,000 SBDC centers across the country and the hundreds of thousands of clients they serve by sharing, in real time, the success stories and notable impact SBDCs collectively have on the small business community at large. To celebrate the day, on March 21st, The LaGuardia SBDC will have an OPEN HOUSE and Host free Mini-workshops for our clients and guests. We invite you to sign up to one of the mini- workshops that will be given in celebration of SBDC Day.

Series of Workshops and Small Business Networking

 Welcome and SBDC Day Proclamation 10:00 AM
 Workshop -Taxes for Small Business 11:00 AM
 Workshop- Marketing and Social Media 1:00 PM
 Workshop- Business Plan Preparation 2:00 PM
 Panel with SBDC Business Advisors 3:00 PM
 LaGuardia SBDC Client’ Showcase 3:30 PM

Wednesday, March 21th, 2018
10:00 am – 3:00 PM
LaGuardia Community College,
30-20 Thomson Avenue, B-Building, Room BA-02
Long Island City, NY 11101
Join us and participate in a valuable session.
RSVP https://www.eventbrite.com/o/laguardia-sbdc-4926265147
Or By Email sbdc@lagcc.cuny.edu

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Winter Storm Warning

Are You Prepared?

Hazardous Travel Advisory and Winter Storm Warning for NYC

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for New York City in effect from 10 p.m. Tuesday through 4 a.m. Thursday, March 8, 2018.

According to the National Weather Service, a nor’easter is expected to bring a wintry mix of rain and snow late Tuesday, before changing over to snow early Wednesday morning. The heaviest period of snow is forecast for Wednesday afternoon through the evening commute.

Snow is expected to end Wednesday night. A total of 6 to 10 inches of snow is expected, with locally higher amounts possible. High winds are also in the forecast, with sustained winds 15 mph to 25 mph, and gusts up to 40 mph.
All winter weather information and information about the City’s response to the storm can be found by visiting the City’s Severe Weather website at nyc.gov/severeweather or by calling 311.
New Yorkers are also encouraged to sign up for Notify NYC, the City’s free emergency notification system online, call 311, or follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter.
 Severe weather conditions can destroy storefront facades, building structures, roofs, awnings, shatter facade glass/windows, etc.  Additionally, severe weather conditions can also damage sidewalks, equipment, and merchandise.
Once weather permits, business owners should be mindful of the following information:
  • Snow and ice must be removed within four hours after the snow has stopped falling or by 11 a.m. if the snow has not stopped falling after 9 p.m. the previous evening.
  • Snow must NOT be thrown into the street.
  • If the snow or ice becomes frozen so hard that it cannot be removed, the sidewalk can be strewn with ashes, sand, sawdust, or similar suitable material within the same time limits.
  • The sidewalk must be thoroughly cleaned as soon as the weather permits.
  • If there are high winds, please take in all loose standing objects that may become dislodged and harm pedestrians.
  • All ground level commercial/business owners should clear snow/ice from their awnings as soon as the weather permits to prevent structural collapse. If you have a retractable awning or shade, please close these devices.
  • One-story commercial property owners/lessees should clear snow/ice from their rooftops as soon as the weather permits to prevent possible collapse (a professional should perform this task).
The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Business Preparedness and Resiliency Program can help you prepare your business for for emergencies and enhance the resiliency of your operations, assets, and physical space.

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