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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 4, 2008


NYC DEPARTMENT OF SMALL BUSINESS SERVICES ANNOUNCES AWARDING OF MORE THAN $800,000 IN NYC BUSINESS SOLUTIONS TRAINING FUNDS TO HELP LOCAL BUSINESSES TRAIN 448 EMPLOYEES, AND AVAILABILITY OF UP TO $1.5 MILLION TO HELP OTHER NEW YORK CITY EMPLOYERS TRAIN THEIR WORKFORCES

Pre-applications are due on April 15 for funding from program which is helping local businesses become more competitive by building the skills of their workforces, and giving New Yorkers skills to support lifetimes of employment

The New York City Department of Small Business Services today announced the awarding of more than $800,000 in NYC Business Solutions Training Funds to help seven local employers train their employees, and the availability of applications for an additional $1.5 million in Training Funds which will be awarded to New York City businesses. Today's awards of $836,448 will be matched by employer contributions of $659,656 in order to train 448 New Yorkers, boosting the competitiveness of local businesses while resulting in 33 new hires and wage increases for more than 350 New Yorkers.

"Since the NYC Business Solutions Training Funds program expanded and re-launched last fall, we have awarded funding to local businesses to train more than 1,000 New Yorkers and leveraged more than $1.7 million in employer investments," said Robert W. Walsh, Commissioner of the Department of Small Business Services.

Pre-applications are currently available for $1.5 million in NYC Business Solutions Training Funds for employers in the construction, financial services, food services/accommodations, healthcare, information/professional services, manufacturing, retail, and transportation sectors, and must be submitted by April 15, 2008. NYC Business Solutions Training Funds provides up to $400,000 to cover up to 60-70 percent of the eligible costs of training employees.

Businesses can access the Training Funds pre-application online at www.nyc.gov/training or learn more about the program by calling 311 and asking for "NYC Business Solutions Training."

Today's NYC Business Solutions Training Funds were awarded to:

1199SEIU/League Grant Corporation, representing a group of 5 New York City hospitals, which will train 20 employees to become certified pharmacy technicians.  The trainees will earn average wage increases of 14 percent.

Allied Plastics, a Long Island City-based plastic manufacturer, which will train 47 employees in English as a Second Language, lean manufacturing, and quality assurance procedures.  The program will result in 9 new hires and average wage increases of 25 percent for all incumbent employees upon successful completion of the program.

Ellanef, a Corona, Queens-based manufacturer of aerospace components, which will train 60 employees in computer skills, supply chain management, lean manufacturing, and shop-floor management skills.  The program will result in 10 new hires and average wage increases of 5 percent for 96 percent of incumbent employees.

Mana Products, a Long Island City-based manufacturer of cosmetic products, which will train 130 employees in English as a Second Language and other skills, intended to increase employee’s skills and effectiveness so they will be rewarded through wage gains at their jobs at Mana.


Solco Plumbing Supply Inc., a Brooklyn-based fabricator and distributor of pipe and plumbing supplies, which will train 113 employees in Lean Enterprise practices, inventory accuracy, and management skills.  The program will result in average wage increases of 7 percent for 50 percent of the trainees.

TMI Food Group, a Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based food manufacturing, import, and distribution company, which will train 52 employees in supervisory development, customer service, and lean manufacturing.  The program will result in 3 new hires and average wage increases of 14 percent for all incumbent employees.

White Coffee Corp., a Queens-based family-owned coffee supply company, which will train 26 employees in sales, communication, customer service, and computer skills.  The program will result in average wage increases of 5 percent for all trainees.

The awards are administered by the Workforce Development Corporation, a non-profit organization under contract with the City's Economic Development Corporation. Applicants are judged based upon their ability to create and retain jobs, provide entry-level and incumbent workers with career advancement opportunities, and increase wages. In July, the Department of Small Business Services added work readiness (such as literacy, numeracy and English as a Second Language) training to the types of training eligible for funding, as a result of expanded monies allocated by the City's Center for Economic Opportunity.

To date, New York City has awarded more than $4.7 million to 45 companies to train more than 3,000 workers, matched by more than $6.5 million in employer contributions.



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