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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 22, 2010


NYC Department of Small Business Services Awards $762,382
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 January 29th

New York, January 22, 2010 - The New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) today announced that over $760,000 in NYC Business Solutions Training Funds is being awarded to help fourteen 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.

“NYC Training Funds are helping businesses across the five boroughs take innovative steps in retraining their employees to prepare them for new roles and responsibilities,” said SBS Commissioner Robert W. Walsh. “New Yorkers are enhancing their skills to meet the new demands in fields such as manufacturing, green technology and healthcare.”

Today's awards of $762,382 will be matched by employer contributions of $519,701. These funds will be used to train 413 New Yorkers, resulting in 37 new hires and projected wage increases averaging 7.8 percent for trainees currently employed. Each NYC Business Solutions Training Funds award provides businesses with up to $400,000 to cover a maximum of 70 percent of training costs. 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 Business Solutions Training Funds program is a win-win since it provides assistance both to small businesses to help them stay competitive, and to low-wage workers who will gain valuable skills training while on the job that will lead to wage gains," said Executive Director of the Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) Veronica White. "Especially since we are in tight fiscal times, supporting innovative approaches to workforce development and poverty reduction will continue to be a key focus for CEO."

The awards are administered by the Workforce Development Corporation, a non-profit organization under contract with the City's Economic Development Corporation. The awards are funded in part by the City’s Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO), with the federal Workforce Investment Act providing the remainder.

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-applications for this next round of funding will be due January 29th.

The NYC Business Solutions Training Funds were awarded to:

  • GDC Acquisitions, a Queens-based distributor of lighting and office furniture, which will use a $48,983 Training Funds award, matched by a $27,992 employer contribution, to train 30 employees in customer service, materials handling and computer literacy. The program is projected to result in an average wage increase of 5 percent for all trainees.
  • Gourmet Boutique, a Queens-based manufacturer of specialty food products, which will use a $71,661 Training Funds award, matched by a $59,718 employer contribution, to train 20 employees in lean manufacturing, workplace organization and supervisory skills. The program is projected to result in an average wage increase of 6 percent for all trainees.
  • GreenDepot, a Manhattan-based supplier of environmentally friendly and sustainable building products, which will use an $111,705 Training Funds award, matched by a $63,831 employer contribution, to train 39 employees in customer service, environmental products and blueprint reading. The program is projected to result in 5 new hires and an average wage increase of 6 percent for all currently employed trainees.
  • Greensulate LLC, a Brooklyn-based designer and installer of green roofs, walls and other building materials, which will use a $37,500 Training Funds award, matched by a $22,000 employer contribution, to train 12 employees in sales, marketing, plus green roof design and techniques. The program is projected to result in five new hires with an average wage increase of 48 percent for all currently employed trainees.
  • Mr. Appliance NYC, a Manhattan-based in-home appliance repair company, which will use a $23,815 Training Funds award, matched by a $13,609 employer contribution, to train 12 employees in customer service, driving and appliance technician certifications. The program is projected to result in 10 new hires and an average wage increase of 36 percent for all currently employed trainees.
  • M&J Trimming Company, Inc., a Manhattan-based retail and wholesaler of fashion trimmings, which will use a $43,787 Training Funds award, matched by an $36,489 employer contribution, to train 48 employees in team building, customer service, and performance management. The program is projected to result in an average wage increase of 5 percent for all trainees.
  • Montefiore Medical Center, a Bronx-based medical center, which will use a $87,138 Training Funds award, matched by an $72,615 employer contribution, to train 50 employees in clinical research practices. The program is projected to result in an average wage increase of 6 percent for all trainees.
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital, a Manhattan-based medical center, which will use a $43,289 Training Funds award, matched by an $36,076 employer contribution, to train 30 employees in perioperative patient assistance, which entails assisting around the time of a surgery. The program is projected to result in an average wage increase of 6 percent for all trainees.
  • Nulux Inc., is a Queens-based manufacturer of lighting fixtures, which will use a $29,500 Training Funds award, matched by an $18,288 employer contribution, to train 26 employees in blueprint reading, lean manufacturing and shop math. The program is projected to result in an average wage increase of 3 percent for all trainees.
  • O’Wayne NY Enterprises, a Queens-based manufacturer of baked goods, which will use a $56,397 Training Funds award, matched by a $32,227 employer contribution, to train 31 employees in inventory management, workplace organization, and process improvement. The program is projected to result in an average wage increase of 5 percent for all trainees.
  • Rainbow Management Service, representing a group of Brooklyn-based transportation providers, which will use a $48,856 Training Funds award, matched by a $27,950 employer contribution, to train 46 employees in vehicle diagnostics, customer service and supervisory skills. The program is projected to result in 16 new hires and an average wage increase of 21 percent for all currently employed trainees.
  • Roanwell Corporation, a Bronx-based designer and manufacturer of military and aerospace communications equipment, which will use a $98,988 Training Funds award, matched by a $56,565 employer contribution, to train 34 employees in total productive maintenance, cellular manufacturing and workflow processes. The program is projected to result in average wage gains of 8 percent for all trainees.
  • Sage General Store, a Queens-based café, wholesale bakery, and caterer, which will use an $11,664 Training Funds award, matched by a $6,666 employer contribution, to train 11 employees in management, sales, and culinary skills. The program is projected to result in one new hire and an average wage gain of 11 percent for 8 trainees.
  • Titan Machine Corporation, a Queens-based manufacturer of elevator equipment, which will use a $60,311 Training Funds award, matched by a $34,464 employer contribution, to train 23 employees in lean manufacturing, 3D modeling, inventory management software and interdepartmental cross-training. The program is projected to result in an average wage increase of 3 percent for 21 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 $6.7 million to 90 companies to train over 4,200 workers, matched by over $6.7 million in employer contributions.



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

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