The New York City Department of Small Business Services today called for the nominations of individuals, small businesses and community organizations for the 2007 Neighborhood Achievement Awards, to be hosted by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Commissioner Robert W. Walsh at Gracie Mansion on July 19. 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.
"When individuals and organizations work to better our neighborhoods, the results can be extraordinary," said Commissioner Walsh. This year’s Awards will once again pay tribute to individuals, businesses and community organizations which are enriching the business environment and improving the quality of life in our City’s neighborhoods."
Applications can be completed online at www.nyc.gov/sbs. The deadline for submission is Friday, April 13 , 2007 at 5:00 PM.
Awards will be presented in the following 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 activity or cultural activity.
The Partnership Award honors a joint endeavor between businesses and 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 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 or organization 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 has 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.