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Monday, March 13, 2006


Applications Available Online (; Contest Honors Small Businesses, Organizations and Individuals who have Improved City’s Neighborhoods

Application Deadline is April 24, 2006

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Robert W. Walsh will host the 2006 New York City Neighborhood Achievement Awards at a reception at Gracie Mansion on July 17, 2006. Each year, the Mayor gives the awards to organizations, businesses and individuals that have demonstrated excellence in enhancing New York City neighborhoods by fostering small business activity and creating greater economic opportunity for an entire community.

“When small businesses and community organizations work together with the community to improve their neighborhoods, the results can be phenomenal,” said SBS Commissioner Walsh. “The Neighborhood Achievement Awards are about celebrating the innovation, teamwork and dedication that goes into making New York City’s neighborhoods the urban jewels that they are. SBS is committed to providing the support and leadership to local groups to make sure that each of our neighborhoods is an excellent place to live and do business.”

The awards fall into seven categories: Development, Partnership, Workforce Innovation, Small Business of the Year, M/WBE Advocate of the Year, Placemaking and Leadership (See below for descriptions). Nonprofit organizations, businesses, educational institutions, business improvement districts, local development corporations, merchants associations and other neighborhood associations are encouraged to apply and/or nominate other groups or individuals.

Last year, Mayor Bloomberg presented awards to 15 recipients including ABCO Fire Door—a Bronx manufacturer; Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation; Amalia Betanzos—former President and CEO of Wildcat Services Corporation; Brighton Ballet Theatre Company; Alfred Cerullo III—President & CEO of Grand Central Partnership; Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association; Elmhurst Dairy; Exito Empresarial—a Spanish-language business seminar series; the Harlem Renaissance Economic Development Corporation; Karrot Health Food Stores; Sylvia Salonger; retired SBS employee; the St. George Theatre on Staten Island; Super Foodtown of Bedford Stuyvestant; the Times Square Alliance; and Carl Weisbrod—former President of the Alliance for Downtown New York.

Contestants can fill out applications online at or they can email or call 212-513-6300 to request a copy by mail. The deadline for submission is Monday, April 24, 2006 at 5:00 PM.

Award Categories:

The Development Award honors a business or organization that has completed a new real-estate development or re-adaptive use project that has delivered tangible benefits for the neighborhood, such as greater employment opportunities, economic or cultural activity.

The Partnership Award honors a joint endeavor between businesses, 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 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) have developed a model that has enhanced their community and provided a model for others to emulate.

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 M/WBE Advocate of the Year Award honors a female- or minority-owned business whose leadership and involvement within the M/WBE community has encouraged entrepreneurship among other women and minorities and whose success has strengthened New York City’s small business landscape.

The Placemaking Award honors an individual or organization that has completed a project which increased the visibility, stature and overall identity of a neighborhood, resulting in greater visitation and economic activity. Examples include: capital improvements, special events, promotional campaigns or other unique efforts that have attracted significant attention and participation.

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.

  Contact: Ben Branham (212) 513-6318