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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 27, 2009


NYC Department of Small Business Services Awards $351,283 in NYC Business Solutions Training Funds to Local Businesses

An additional $1.5 million in NYC Business Solutions Training Funds Are Available Pre-applications due July 31st

Providing job training for New Yorkers is a central part of the Bloomberg Administration’s Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan

New York, July 27, 2009 - The New York City Department of Small Business Services today announced awarding over $350,000 in NYC Business Solutions Training Funds to help seven local businesses train their employees. In addition, applications are now being accepted for an additional $1.5 million in Training Funds, which will also be awarded to New York City businesses. Providing job training for New Yorkers and helping place them in jobs is a central part of the Bloomberg Administration’s Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan to create jobs for New Yorkers today, implement a vision for long-term economic growth, and build affordable, attractive neighborhoods.

"NYC Business Solutions Training Funds are helping businesses grow, compete and stay in New York City and are strengthening the quality of our workforce,” said Commissioner Walsh. "We are equipping our local businesses with the tools to help decrease costs, reduce waste, improve customer service and meet the demands in our ever-changing economy.”

NYC Business Solutions Training Funds provide New York City employers with funding and support to develop the skills of their workers and promote career advancement for their employees. With economic conditions changing rapidly, many employers are revising their business models – and realizing they need to retrain their workers to prepare them for new roles and responsibilities. Training Funds provide crucial financial assistance to businesses navigating these challenges. The awards are administered by the Workforce Development Corporation, a non-profit organization under contract with the City’s Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO).

"CEO's innovative partnership with SBS to offer these training funds helps businesses directly while also giving low wage workers a better chance of moving out of poverty," said CEO Executive Director Veronica M. White. "Since a key target population for CEO are the working poor, we are focused on helping these workers gain occupational and transferable skills in literacy, numeracy, English as a second language and workplace behavior so that they will be able to advance in their careers."

This round of awards of $351,283 will be matched by employer contributions of $241,760. These funds will be used to train 193 New Yorkers, resulting in 15 new hires and projected wage increases averaging 13.9 percent for trainees currently employed.

New York City businesses can access an additional $1.5 million in funding by pre-applying at www.nyc.gov/training, or by calling 311 and asking for "NYC Business Solutions Training." The pre-application will be available until July 31st.

Each NYC Business Solutions Training Funds award provides businesses with up to $400,000 to cover a maximum of 70 percent of training costs including external training providers, trainee and internal instructor wages, training facilities, and books and materials. Applicants are judged based upon their ability to impact economic activity in New York City, provide entry-level and current workers with career advancement opportunities, and increase trainee wages. Full reimbursement for training-related costs is contingent upon trainees’ successful completion of the program.

The NYC Business Solutions Training Funds were awarded to:

  • Arista Air Conditioning Corp. a Queens-based manufacturer and installer of air conditioning systems, which will use a $42,918 Training Funds award, matched by a $35,765 employer contribution, to train 34 employees in Microsoft Office and refrigeration diagnostics and controls. The program is projected to result in an average wage increase of 20 percent for 32 trainees.
  • Clean Edison LLC, a Manhattan-based consultancy for “green” energy certifications, which will use an $85,937 Training Funds award, matched by a $49,107 employer contribution, to train 30 employees in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and solar photovoltaic. The program is projected to result in 15 new hires and an average wage increase of 28 percent for 13 trainees.
  • Delbia Do Company Inc, a Bronx-based flavor and fragrance manufacturer for the pharmaceutical, beverage and personal care industries, which will use a $14,577 Training Funds award, matched by a $8,329 employer contribution, to train 12 employees quality management standards. The program is projected to result in an average wage increase of 15 percent for 10 trainees.
  • La Pregunta Arts Cafe, a Harlem-based Afro-Latino café, caterer and arts lounge, which will use a $21,616 award, matched by a $12,352 employer contribution, to train 10 employees in ESL, catering, and hospitality. The program is projected to result in an average wage increase of 22 percent for 7 trainees.
  • PrimeFlight Aviation Services, representing a group of Queens-based aviation and cargo service providers, which will use a $17,716 Training Funds award, matched by a $21,259 employer contribution, to train 20 employees in leadership and management. The program is projected to result in average wage increases of 29 percent for 10 trainees.
  • Vanguard Direct, a Manhattan-based marketing company, which will use a $92,469 Training Funds award, matched by a $77,058 employer contribution, to train 55 employees in Microsoft Office, project management, sales, and customer service. The program is projected to result in average wage increases of 8 percent for all trainees.
  • Victoria Plating Co Inc, a Bronx-based metal finisher, which will use a $72,506 Training Funds award, matched by a $41,432 employer contribution, to train 32 employees in lean manufacturing, operations management, and supervisory skills. The program is projected to result in average wage increases of 5 percent for all trainees.

In July 2007, the NYC Department of Small Business Services added work readiness training (such as literacy, numeracy and English as a Second Language) to the types of training already available in the Training Funds program. The expansion of the types of training offered was a result of additional funding allocated by the City's Center for Economic Opportunity.

Since the program’s inception, New York City has awarded more than $6.2 million to 75 companies to train over 4,400 workers, matched by over $6.4 million in employer contributions. Two-thirds of the program’s funding is from the Center for Economic Opportunity, with the federal Workforce Investment Act providing the remainder.

About the Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan
The Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan is a comprehensive strategy to bring New York City through the current economic downturn as fast as possible. It focuses on three major areas: creating jobs for New Yorkers today, implementing a long-term vision for growing the city's economy, and building affordable, attractive neighborhoods in every borough. Taken together, the initiatives that the City has launched to achieve these goals will generate thousands of jobs and put New York City on a path to economic recovery and growth.

About The Center for Economic Opportunity:
The Center for Economic Opportunity was established by Mayor Bloomberg in 2006 to implement innovative ways to reduce poverty in New York City. Led by Executive Director Veronica White and supported by a combination of public and private funds, the Center for Economic Opportunity works with City agencies to design and implement evidence-based initiatives aimed at poverty reduction. The Center manages an Innovation Fund through which it provides City agencies annual funding to implement such initiatives and also oversees a rigorous evaluation of each to determine which are successful in demonstrating results towards reducing poverty and increasing self sufficiency among New Yorkers. For more information about all of CEO’s initiatives, go to www.nyc.gov/ceo.

About The Department of Small Business Services
The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) makes it easier for businesses in New York City to form, do business, and grow by providing direct assistance to business owners, fostering neighborhood development in commercial districts, and linking employers to a skilled and qualified workforce. NYC Workforce1 Career Centers offer services to meet the needs of all jobseekers, including one-on-one job and career counseling, technical and educational services, workshops, and referrals to training providers. For more information on all of SBS’ services go to www.nyc.gov/sbs.



  Contact: Laura Postiglione (SBS) 212/513-6318
Kathleen Carlson (CEO) 212/788-8949
 

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