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NYC Small Business Awards 2006

Awardees and Runners-Up

Track I (gross annual revenue $0 - $250,000, competing for two $10,000 awards)

Mrs. Rosemary's Dance Studios is one of the leading dance centers on Staten Island and one of the largest on the East Coast.  The faculty assembled is the finest in New York and is dedicated to sharing the art of dance through teaching.  The school trains students for careers as professional performers, dance educators, and choreographers.

Hispanic Foodways designs culturally innovative, patient-focused, health and diabetes education programs for healthcare agencies as an effective way to reduce diabetes health costs and improve patient outcome. Hispanic Foodways designed the Latino Diabetes Tool Kit, a training curriculum for the health care professionals treating Hispanics and the H.O.L.A. Project (Health Oriented Latinos in Action). The H.O.L.A. project has been designed to provide persons with diabetes with the opportunity to obtain vital health information and essential self-management skills to take control of their diabetes and reduce hospitalizations and complications.

Runner-Up (receiving networking, membership, and PR opportunities):
Kiva Cafe provides its customers with retail, recreation, and relaxation through art, music, fine foods, and good conversation. Beebe Okoye, architect, real estate investor, and ceramic artist, founded Kiva Café in New York City's SoHo neighborhood in 2002 and later opened a second location in Tribeca. Kiva Cafe prides itself on serving its patrons food and drinks made with only the most healthful organic and herbal ingredients available.

Track II (gross annual revenue $250,000 - $750,000, competing for two $20,000 awards)

The Architect's Newspaper, which was founded in 2003, offers insightful, in-depth architectural news, project profiles, job listings and cultural reviews. Published 20 times a year to 10,000 architects, designers, academics, students, and other related professionals in the New York region, the paper has filled a void in design media for up-to-date information relating to the architecture profession and has become a must read for all professionals involved in the built environment.
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TPC Home Care Services, Inc. was established in 2003 by Tricia Parris, founder and CEO.  TPC is a licensed employment agency for Nurses and Home Health Aides focused on increasing the health and well being of both its community and clients through educational programs. TPC is not only a place of employment for women, but it is also a place that treats the complete wellness of its employees and clients. TPC provides career building opportunities, in which our HHA return to school and become LPN's and RN's. TPC also takes employment one step further, providing workshops on various health aliments, financial planning, and debt control. Each individual at TCP is considered part of the greater TCP family.

Cine Mosaic was founded by independent producer Lydia Dean Pilcher in 2002 to produce feature films for theatrical release and for television with an energetic focus on developing entertaining stories that promote women's issues as well as social, cultural, and political diversity, Cine Mosaic's goal is to create content and tell stories that are not supported in Hollywood and the mainstream media. In 2007 Cine Mosaic is releasing "The Namesake" directed by Mira Nair and based on the novel by Jhumpa Lahiri, a Bengali-American Pulitzer prize-winning author.
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Track III (gross annual revenue $750,000 - $2,000,000, competing for two $50,000 awards)

High Hopes is a school established in September of 1996 in order to service its community with quality childcare with a strong educational foundation. The school's primary goal is to offer working mothers and their families quality care in a loving and safe environment.  Founded by women, High Hopes seeks to provide opportunities for its predominantly female staff to further themselves by taking advantage of government sponsored grants for higher education and medical benefits as well as no-cost tuition for their children. High Hopes allows women to work while it cares for their most precious gifts.
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Founded by the mother of a child with autism, Different Roads to Learning specializes in educational materials for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. For 11 years, has been providing books, flashcards, puzzles, and other hard to find materials to parents and professionals. All products are crucial to behavioral programs designed to help children on the spectrum acquire concrete academic, social, and life skills. A new company was formed a year ago to provide materials for adults with memory issues and Alzheimer's disease at
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ChinaSprout was created in 1999 to satisfy the increasing demand for educational and cultural materials among families who have adopted children from China. It provides resources to both teach and learn about Chinese culture. Upon celebrating its first anniversary, it became clear that ChinaSprout was needed to fulfill the needs of a much broader virtual community, which include not only adoptive families, but also new Chinese immigrants, Chinese Americans, and anyone who is interested in Chinese culture. ChinaSprout's products include books, music, Chinese arts and crafts, toys, apparel, and more.
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