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SBS and Citi Community Development Present 2013 Helping Hand Awards
New York City Economic Development Corporation and the New York City Department of Small Business Services have announced the expansion of NYC Business Acceleration to serve supermarkets and grocery stores. Since launching in 2010, NYC Business Acceleration has helped more than 1,600 food and beverage businesses open faster. The announcement was made at the grand opening of the first supermarket utilizing the expanded NYC Business Acceleration programming, a Food Bazaar Supermarket at 42-02 Northern Boulevard in Long Island City. Food Bazaar also is part of the Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) Program, which was launched by NYCEDC in 2009 in partnership with the City Council to increase access to food in underserved communities by incentivizing the establishment and retention of neighborhood supermarkets.
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SBS Announces Winners of The Neighborhood Challenge
SBS announced the six winners of the Neighborhood Challenge during an awards breakfast held at the Roosevelt House in Manhattan. Launched in September 2013, Neighborhood Challenge is a competitive grant initiative designed to encourage Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Local Development Corporations (LDCs), Merchant Associations, and other local economic development organizations to find innovative ways to improve services, generate economic activity, and attract more jobs and investment to their local commercial corridors. Grants ranging up to $100,000 were awarded to organizations that presented the most creative and impactful economic development and revitalization projects.
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Veterans’ Entrepreneurship Program Announced to Help Veterans Start and Grow a Business
The Mayor's Office and SBS in partnership with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, have announced the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program, a training program that will provide veterans with the tools they need to start and grow a business. Veterans are uniquely positioned for entrepreneurship as their training, experience, and leadership skills gained in the military are provide key skills needed to successfully start a business. The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program expands upon the City’s Veterans Employment Initiative, which was launched in July, 2012 in partnership with the Robin Hood Foundation to help increase employment among New York City’s veteran community.
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Legislation Signed Establishing The Soho Business Improvement District
The SoHo BID will serve more than one hundred and thirty retail establishments along Broadway between Houston and Canal Streets and will work to promote and support the artistic, architectural, cultural, and historical landmarks that contribute to the identity and character of the district and the SoHo community at large.
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SBS Announces New Workforce1 Career Center in The Rockaways
SBS has announced the opening of a new Workforce1 Career Center in the Rockaways, marking the 17th center since 2002 to open across all five boroughs. Workforce1 Career Centers have helped connect New Yorkers to approximately 200,000 jobs through career services such as free job preparation workshops, career counseling, training opportunities, and, in coordination with existing library resources, access to computers for self-directed job searches.
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Business Recovery Zones

Business Recovery Zones Announced
The Mayor's Office announced the creation of Business Recovery Zones (BRZ) and a set of initiatives to help small businesses in areas most impacted by Hurricane Sandy. BRZs will identify neighborhood specific needs, coordinate action plans and follow-up, organize City resources, and provide a central point of contact for businesses and agencies. View maps of each BRZ below.
Brooklyn Queens Waterfront DUMBO BRZ Map
Brooklyn Queens Waterfront Greenpoint Newtown BRZ Map
Brooklyn Queens Waterfront Red Hook Sunset Park Impact BRZ Map
South Brooklyn BRZ Map
Southeast Queens Howard Beach BRZ Map
Southeast Queens Rockaways BRZ Map
Lower Manhattan BRZ Map
Staten Island Midland Beach BRZ Map
Staten Island Tottenville BRZ Map




Hurricane Sandy Business Recovery Information
New York City, including SBS and The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYEDC) is coordinating a set of services to help New York businesses in recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.
Visit nyc.gov/nycbusiness for more information

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