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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2004


‚ÄúSUCCESS AND THE CITY‚ÄĚ NYC SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 15, 2004

Contest Rewards Small Business Owners For Their Success; Celebrates Women And Business In New York City

The New York City Commission on Women's Issues (CWI) and the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) today announced an extension of the deadline for the "New York City Small Business Awards," an awards program to celebrate the achievements of women in business in New York City, to November 15, 2004.  Businesses eligible to apply for the contest must have fewer than 100 employees, annual revenues under $2.5 million, and must be established a minimum of two years and based in New York City. Entries to the awards program will be judged on business success, demonstrated entrepreneurial leadership and the benefits the enterprise provides to women in New York City.
 
Small business owners can enter the competition and learn more about the program and the City's resources for small businesses at www.nyc.gov. Applicants can also call 311 and ask for the "NYC Small Business Awards" to obtain hard copies of the application. 

"NYC Small Business Awards" is a public private partnership between the City and Federated Department Stores, JP Morgan Chase Bank, Deloitte, Estee Lauder, Jones Apparel Group, Coach Leatherware Inc., Tommy Hilfiger, VF Corporation, Women's Venture Fund, Kellwood, Health Plus, Kenneth Cole Productions, Meyer Corporation U.S. and Abigail Kirsch. The private sponsors have generously provided all funding for the awards.

Entries will be judged against other businesses of comparable size, based on actual and potential success, demonstrated entrepreneurial strength, and the benefits the enterprise provides to women in the City.  Winners will be announced in February of 2005 with an awards ceremony to be held in March 2005.

Mayor Bloomberg established the NYC Commission on Women's Issues as an advisory body on matters impacting the lives of women in New York. The Department of Small Business Services makes it easier for companies in New York City to form, do business and grow by providing direct assistance to business owners, fostering neighborhood development in commercial districts, promoting financial and economic opportunity among minority- and women-owned businesses, preparing New Yorkers for jobs and linking employers with a skilled and qualified workforce.

 



  Ethan Davidson/Ben Branham (SBS) (212) 513-6318
Silvia Alvarez (212) 788-2958