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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Eighth Annual Neighborhood Achievement Awards

New Yorkers are Invited to Nominate Local Individuals, Businesses, and Organizations for 2009 Neighborhood Achievement Awards

New York, Jan. 21, 2009 - The New York City Department of Small Business Services is calling for the nominations of individuals, small businesses and community organizations for the 2009 Neighborhood Achievement Awards. New Yorkers, nonprofit organizations, businesses, educational institutions, business improvement districts, local development corporations, merchants associations and other neighborhood associations are encouraged to apply and/or nominate others for awards in seven categories.

The New York City Neighborhood Achievement Awards, established in 2002, honor organizations, businesses and individuals that have demonstrated excellence in enhancing New York City neighborhoods by fostering economic opportunity.

“The Neighborhood Achievement Awards recognize outstanding individuals, businesses and groups who share our commitment to building neighborhoods, creating jobs and opening opportunities for New Yorkers,” said SBS Commissioner Robert Walsh. “I encourage New Yorkers to nominate those who are making a difference in their communities.”

Awards will be presented in the following categories:

Norman Buchbinder Neighborhood Beautification Award honors an individual, business or organization that has increased the visibility, stature, and overall identity of a neighborhood by highlighting and enhancing its look and feel, thereby increasing visitation or economic activity.  The award is presented in memory of Norman Buchbinder, a co-founder of the Union Square partnership, the city’s first Business Improvement District (BID), and founder of the Village Alliance BID.

The Re-adaptive Use/Preservation Award honors a business or organization that has transformed, preserved or restored an underutilized space into a vibrant re-adapted development, serving the diverse needs of the local community, delivering tangible benefits for the neighborhood or contributing to the overall identity of the neighborhood.

The Cultural Award recognizes a cultural institution that has made a major contribution to a neighborhood, generating economic activity and the growth of small business while employing local workers and adding to the artistic and educational fabric of New York City.

The Leadership Award honors an individual or organization who has demonstrated outstanding leadership over the course of their career in advancing the development or overall economic welfare of a New York City neighborhood. Candidates may be from the business or civic community, and must demonstrate success at bringing together different stakeholders.

The Small Business of the Year Award honors an entrepreneur whose business has significantly improved its neighborhood or demonstrated outstanding commitment to the community through offering new or enhanced products and services, generating new activity on a commercial strip, attracting new businesses to the area, or providing exceptional employment opportunities.

The Partnership Award honors a joint endeavor between businesses, or civic, commercial, or development organizations, whose partnership has brought new benefit and services to the community. Examples include local hiring programs, business/education partnerships, cultural events, the rehabilitation of a park or public space, or a unique community outreach effort.

The M/WBE Advocate of the Year Award honors an individual, business, or organization whose leadership within the M/WBE community has encouraged entrepreneurship among other minorities and women and whose success has strengthened New York City's small business landscape.

The Workforce Innovation Award honors an organization or business that, through pioneering a creative and effective approach to workforce development (e.g. training programs, recruitment and hiring), has developed a model that has enhanced their community and provided a model for others to emulate.

To make a nomination visit www. nyc.gov/sbs/awards.  Application can also be mailed to: Neighborhood Achievement Awards, 7th Floor, 110 William Street, New York, NY 10038. The deadline for submission is Friday, March 6th, 2009 at 5:00 p.m.



  Contact: Laura Postiglione (Press Secretary SBS) / 212-513-6318 / lpost@sbs.nyc.gov  

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