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Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Eighth Consecutive Year SBS Employee Receives Prestigious Public Service Award City, Private Sector Team Up to Thank City Employees and Give College Scholarships

New York, Dec. 16, 2009 – New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Robert W. Walsh today joined Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott, Department of Citywide Administrative Services Commissioner Martha K. Hirst and others in congratulating the winners of the Hundred Year Association Isaac Liberman Public Service Awards and E. Virgil Conway College Scholar Awards.

For the eighth consecutive year, an SBS employee is being recognized for outstanding public service. This year’s recipient, Evette Robinson, Director of the Customer Service Center in the NYC Business Express Unit, was honored today during a ceremony held at One Police Plaza that recognized 10 outstanding civil servants and 15 academically talented children of City employees. The recipients were presented $22,000 in cash awards and over $30,000 in college scholarships. Evette received a $2,000 award from the Brooklyn Bar Association.

“Evette has shown a great commitment to public service during her years with SBS and is always willing to take on new challenges,” said SBS Commissioner Walsh. “Her patience, poise and commitment to teaching and learning have made her an invaluable trainer and mentor to newer employees. She truly deserves this award for all her hard work and contributions to this Agency and the City.”

Evette is Director of SBS’ Customer Service Center, where she applies her experience and insight as a 38-year veteran of City government to help local businesses thrive. Evette delivers consistent, high-quality service to aspiring entrepreneurs and fledgling business owners by responding to hundreds of weekly calls and emails about the broad variety of services SBS offers, ranging from general queries to detailed questions about local laws and regulations. She plays a key role in assisting users of NYC Business Express, a one-stop online tool that can help entrepreneurs identify and apply for the licenses, permits, certifications, examinations, or inspections needed to start their business in New York City.

“I really enjoy my job and take in pride in knowing that I am helping people,” said Evette, adding that she is humbled to be recognized for her hard work and as a representative for her agency. Evette started her public service career as an Urban Corp Intern working in the Urban Corp Office in the Mayor’s Office and was hired after graduation by the Mayor’s Office of Contract Compliance, which later became the Bureau of Labor Services. Evette is a resident of the Bronx.

Previous SBS recipients of the Isaac Liberman Public Service Award include Narda Amarilla-Fernandez (2008), Brenda Snider (2007), Eddy Eng (2006), Haleena Nalevanko (2005), Charles Houston (2004), Lynn Roberts (2003) and Bernadette Nation (2002). All the recipients are currently employed at SBS.

The Hundred Year Association – founded in 1927 and composed of businesses, professional, educational and charitable organizations that have been in continuous operation in New York City for over a century – has honored career civil service employees since 1958. In addition, since 1971, the Association has awarded college scholarships to the children of city employees for outstanding academic achievement and community service.

Each year, the Hundred Year Association reviews the achievements of City employees to identify those who, through dedication beyond their job descriptions, have provided outstanding service to the people of New York City. Winners were chosen by a committee consisting of representatives from the Association, Commissioner Hirst, Commissioner Walsh and Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty as representatives of the City. The Association also awards scholarships for the children of career civil servants.

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

  Contact: Laura Postiglione (SBS) (212) 513-6318
Mark Daly (DCAS) (212) 669-7140

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