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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 16, 2008


ACCION and the New York City Department of Small Business Services Bring Health Insurance Resources to Hispanic Business Owners

"¬°Salud! Para Su Negocio" Workshop Series to Launch on January 16

WHAT:
Hispanic business owners are invited to join ACCION New York and The New York City Department of Small Business Services in our New Year's resolution to bring health insurance options to Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs and their employees throughout New York City! "¡Salud! para Su Negocio" (Health for Your Business!), a four week seminar in Spanish on health insurance options for small businesses, is set to launch on January 16th. The series is sponsored by Aetna.

WHY:
Sixty percent of small business owners do not provide health insurance as an employee benefit, leaving 27 million individuals uninsured nationally.
With out-of-pocket health care costs on the rise, insurance companies and employers alike must find ways to make this essential resource available to the self-employed. This seminar will help business owners learn more about affordable health insurance products that can help their businesses and employees become more profitable, productive and financially secure.

WHEN & WHERE:
Business owners interested in registering for a "¡Salud! Para Su Negocio" health insurance seminar can call (212) 387-0494 or visit www.accionnewyork.org/es. Upcoming seminar dates include:

January 16th, 5:30 - 6:30pm, Bronx Business Solutions Center, 358 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10455

January 23rd, 5:30 - 6:30pm, Brooklyn Business Solutions Center, 9 Bond Street, 5th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201

January 30th, 5:30 - 6:30pm, Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone 290 Lenox Ave., 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10027

February 6th, 5:30 - 6:30pm, Queens Business Solutions Center, 168-46 91st Avenue, 2nd floor, Jamaica, NY 11432

About the New York City Department of Small Business Services
The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) makes it easier for businesses in New York City to form, do business, and grow by providing direct assistance to business owners, fostering neighborhood development in commercial districts, and linking employers to a skilled and qualified workforce. For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/sbs.

About ACCION New York
ACCION New York, the largest microlending organization in the United States, contributes to the economic development of the New York metropolitan region by providing loans and advisory services to those that do not have access to traditional sources of credit. Since its inception in 1991, ACCION New York has provided over $72 million in small loans to entrepreneurs that do not have access to traditional sources of credit. Ranging from experienced restaurateurs to home-based businesses and native New Yorkers to recent immigrants, loan recipients have transformed capital into citywide economic development, positive community change, and personal empowerment.



  Contact:
Kara Alaimo (SBS) 212-513-6318
Laura Kozien (ACCION) 212- 387-0377 x336
 

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