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Celebrate Women’s History Month with WE NYC this March!

City Launches New Program to Create New Affordable Lines of Credit For Women Entrepreneurs

The City of New York is launching a new program to help women entrepreneurs access affordable lines of credit needed to start and grow businesses. The new program, called WE Credit, will provide up to 250 women entrepreneurs with lines of credit of averaging $50,000 at below market interest rates. Learn more.

Avoid Common Business Violations

The City of New York offers free on-site compliance consultations to help businesses understand and follow government rules before an inspection occurs. Request a Consultation.

Small Business Advocates

SBS’s Small Business Advocates make it easier for you to start, operate, and grow without delay. They will help you:

  • Understand key City rules & requirements
  • Connect to government agencies to get the permits & licenses you need
  • Coordinate plan reviews and inspections
  • Help you understand how to resolve any issues or violations

Learn more.

Bilingual Commercial Driver Training

Improve your English skills and start your career as a commercial driver. The free training includes four weeks of tailored instruction and practice testing to help you secure your commercial driving permit, build conversational English skills, and learn the vocabulary and tasks involved in commercial driving. Apply here.

Business PREP Grants

You may be eligible for an on-site, one-on-one risk assessment through the New York City Department of Small Business Services. Following the assessment, you may be eligible to receive a grant of up to $3,000 to buy items and equipment recommended for your business. Apply here.

About Women Entrepreneurs (WE) NYC

WE NYC (Women Entrepreneurs NYC) is an initiative based out of the New York City Department of Small Business Services that is dedicated to helping women start and grow their businesses. For more information, visit we.nyc.

About the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is a multicultural membership association of entrepreneurs and civic leaders representing the most diverse community in New York.  The Chamber fosters the economic growth, inclusive diversity, and shared prosperity of greater Flushing through advocacy, networking, and education. More information is available at flushingchamber.nyc.

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Opportunities for Minority & Women Owned Businesses

Take a look at these three cohort mentorship programs for minority and/or women-owned businesses:  Bond Readiness ProgramNYC Construction Mentorship, and NYC Goods and Services Mentorship!

If you have not yet received your M/WBE certification, get certified online or attend an upcoming workshop to learn more.

  • Thursday, February 28th (5:30 – 7:30 p.m.) RSVP here.
  • Tuesday, March 5th (6:00 – 7:30 p.m.) RSVP here.
  • Thursday, March 28th (5:30 – 7:30 p.m.) RSVP here.

Workshops from the Procurement Technical Assistance Center:

  1. Responding to RFPs (Request For Proposal) workshop – Wednesday, February 20th (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.) RSVP here.
    This workshop provides the tools and techniques for responding to a request for proposal from a government agency. Using an actual RFP, the presenter will cover how to prepare an effective proposal response as well as examine common proposal mistakes.
  2. Selling to Government (afternoon session) – Tuesday, February 26th (3 – 5 p.m.) RSVP here.
    This workshop offers an introduction to government contracting and prepares businesses to find opportunities in their areas of expertise.
    Learn how your business can pursue contracts at the City, State, and Federal government levels.
  3. M/WBE Certified: What’s Next? – Thursday, February 28th (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.) RSVP here.
    Join us for an interactive workshop networking opportunities and information on:
    • Identifying and evaluating business opportunities with the City of New York
    • Assessing your capacity and developing your business roadmap
    • Tapping into NYC tools and resources designed to help you navigate City government procurement
  4. Selling to Government (morning session) – Tuesday, March 12th (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.) RSVP here.
    This workshop offers an introduction to government contracting and prepares businesses to find opportunities in their areas of expertise.
    Learn how your business can pursue contracts at the City, State, and Federal government levels.

Learn how to grow your business:

  1. Next Level Services: Bonding Capacity & Risk Management Tools – Wednesday, February 20th (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) RSVP here.
    Attend the panel of surety experts and find out how to best present your business to a surety company; how to manage your risk on bonded projects; and learn more about available surety bond resources to expand your bonding capacity and start landing more lucrative contracts.
  2. Next Level Services: Refine Your Construction Cost Estimates to Win NYC Contracts – Monday, March 4th (6 – 8 p.m.) RSVP here.
    Improve your cost estimating skills for NYC and other public construction contracts through this hands-on workshop. Learning objectives include:
    • Reading between the lines when reviewing bidding documents
    • Tools for soliciting competitive bids from subcontractors
    • Intelligence gathering
    • Cost scheduling
    • Cost control strategies
  3. Next Level Services: Strategies for Winning City Construction Contracts – Monday, March 11th (6 – 8 p.m.) RSVP here.
    Learn to how identify ideal projects and prepare compliant and competitive bids to secure new contracts.
    Topics include:
    • Understanding your company’s core competencies and identifying the key elements of an ideal profitable project
    • Updating your Strategic Business Development approach using a data-driven approach
    • Market and competition research secrets

Goods and Services Seminars:

  1. Next Level Services: What Every M/WBE Entrepreneur Should Know About Their Financials to Succeed. This 2-hour workshop will review answers to frequently asked questions about small business finance. – Tuesday, February 19th (6 – 8 p.m.) RSVP here.
    Topics will include:
    • Will increasing your sales actually improve your financial outlook?
    • Improving communication with your banker and lender through clear communication
    • How to know when to increase prices, expand your staff or space, or diversify your product
  2. Developing an Effective Team to Grow Your M/WBE Business – Webinar – Tuesday, March 26th (5:30 – 7 p.m.) RSVP here.
    How do you create an ideal team to grow your business? This webinar will take you through planning, hiring and developing your workforce from A-Z. 

About the Procurement Technical Assistance Center(PTAC)

The Procurement Technical Assistance Team offers classes in how to sell to government and get assistance in state and federal contracting.  For more information visit NYC Business PTAC.

About the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is a multicultural membership association of entrepreneurs and civic leaders representing the most diverse community in New York.  The Chamber fosters the economic growth, inclusive diversity, and shared prosperity of greater Flushing through advocacy, networking, and education. More information is available at flushingchamber.nyc.

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Show Me The Money: Financial Statements and Profit

Smart business owners know that they need to have a good understanding of their business’s finances in order to succeed.

During this workshop, brought in partnership with TruFund’s Financial Empowerment Program, you will gain critical insight into understanding business financial statements and how they can inform you to make smart financial and management decisions. We will also discuss the importance of proper cash flow planning and tools to assist with the tracking of inflows and outflows of cash. An effective cash flow system will help you manage funds to cover operational costs, bills and help you foresee potential problems in the future.

All of this will better inform you and assist you as you seek capital for growing your business.

Join us for this very insightful program on Tuesday, June 26th, from 6PM — 8PM at the Small Business Support Center located in Jamaica!

Seminar length: 2 hours

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How to prep your business for emergencies!

From gas leaks and fires to major storms and flooding, as a business owner in New York City you face many challenges that can impact your operations and assets.

Join our workshop to get ready for the unexpected!

You will learn how to:

  • Stay in business: Identify your key business operations, employees, and documents.
  • Protect your investments: Understand how to protect your assets and navigate insurance processes.
  • Be ready for action: Create a business continuity plan for your business.

Join us as VEDC also covers small business risk education, business continuity planning, access to capital and other business resources including a training workbook and other materials on Thursday, June 21st at 110 William Street on the 7th Floor starting at 5PM.

Reserve your spot now!

A Travelers Risk Control Consultant will provide a free training session to assist you in developing a risk management plan to address your business risks. Participants will also receive information on available business resources. Participants will receive a free phone consultation with Travelers Risk Control Professional to review their risk management plan.

 

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Employee or Independent Contractor? How Do I Know?

This course will inform you, the business owner, to determine whether an individual you hire is an employee or independent contractor.

It is critical that business owners correctly determine whether the individuals providing services are employees or independent contractors.

Is the worker a Form W2 or a 1099? What does that mean for your business?

In this session we will discuss the employment laws on employees and independent contractors.

Join us at the NYC Small Business Support Center located at 90-27 Sutphin Blvd, 4th Floor, Jamaica, NY 11435 on May 30 from 5:30PM thru 6:30PM for this educational workshop.

Reserve your spot here!

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HR Tools for the Small Business Owner

To be a successful small-business owner, you must master the art of juggling. Owning and managing a small business means having to take on multiple roles, from accounting to marketing to human resources. Unfortunately, it’s easy for small-business owners to sometimes ignore the human resources side of business.

  • The goal of the workshop is to provide details about how HR issues can impact a small business, such as what actions will keep a business out of HR legal trouble and what initiatives can create a positive work environment that lowers employee turnover.

    We will review:

    • Laws covering the hiring process

    • Job posting and sourcing

    • References and background checks

    • Typical pitfalls to avoid in the hiring process

    • We will also discuss how as a small business owner you can offer yourself and staff a vast array of HR benefits, with little oversight.

Join us at the NYC Small Business Support Center located at 90-27 Sutphin Blvd, 4th Floor, Jamaica, NY 11435 on May 17 from 6PM thru 8PM for this educational workshop.

Reserve your spot here!

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