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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 5, 2010


NYC Department of Small Business Services Awards $732,454 in NYC Business Solutions Training Funds to Local Businesses

Training Funds Help Local Businesses Train Employees, Result in Wage Increases and New Hires


New York, May 5, 2010 – The New York City Department of Small Business Services today announced that over $730,000 in NYC Business Solutions Training Funds are being awarded to help 13 local businesses train their employees.

With economic conditions changing rapidly, many employers are revising their business models — and determining the need to retrain their workers to prepare them for new roles and responsibilities. Training Funds provide crucial financial assistance to businesses navigating these challenges.

"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 SBS Commissioner Robert W. Walsh. "These awards, which will result in new hires and wage increases for trained employees, will benefit businesses in all five boroughs and across industry sectors.”

Today's awards of $732,454 will be matched by employer contributions of $553,821. These funds will be used to train 614 New Yorkers, resulting in 36 new hires and projected wage increases averaging 7.1 percent for currently employed trainees.

The NYC Business Solutions Training Funds were awarded to:

  • Carver Federal Savings Bank, a Manhattan-based financial institution, which will use a $55,837 Training Funds award, matched by a $60,048 employer contribution, to train 58 employees in basic teller skills, sales and customer service, and business etiquette. The program is projected to result in 15 new hires and an average wage increase of 14 percent for 32 currently employed trainees.
  • Citiwide Auto Leasing Inc, a Brooklyn-based car rental company, which will use a $115,724 Training Funds award, matched by a $105,684 employer contribution, to train 87 employees in insurance fraud prevention, customer service, and sales. The program is projected to result in 16 new hires and an average wage increase of 16 percent for 50 currently employed trainees.
  • Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, a provider of high-quality, affordable care to the Asian-American community of New York City, which will use a $62,101 Training Funds award, matched by a $51,803 employer contribution, to train 40 employees to be medical interpreters in English/Chinese. The program is projected to result in an average wage increase of 4 percent and a nationally-recognized certification in healthcare interpreting for all trainees.
  • Haier America Trading, LLC, a distributor of appliances and consumer electronics located in Manhattan, which will use an $82,508 Training Funds award, matched by a $68,758 employer contribution, to train 53 employees in supervisory skills, inventory management, and customer service. The program is projected to result in an average wage increase of 5 percent for all trainees.
  • I. Beigel Baking Co, a Brooklyn-based manufacturer of Kosher baked goods, which will use a $65,496 Training Funds award, matched by a $61,456 employer contribution, to train 40 employees in quality management, total productive maintenance, and inventory management. The program is projected to result in 2 new hires and an average wage increase of 9 percent for 29 currently employed trainees.
  • Kass Industrial Supply, a Bronx-based distributor of construction supplies, which will use a $49,592 Training Funds award, matched by a $28,340 employer contribution, to train 31 employees in warehousing and materials handling, workplace organization, and telephone sales. The program is projected to result in an average wage increase of 5 percent for all trainees.
  • KCM Plumbing & Heating Corporation, a Staten Island-based heating and plumbing service provider, which will use a $15,970 Training Funds award, matched by a $9,126 employer contribution, to train 11 employees in ventilation standards, troubleshooting on high-efficiency boilers, and sales. The program is projected to result in 1 new hire and an average wage increase of 22 percent for all currently employed trainees.
  • McKissack & McKissack, representing a group of four Manhattan-based architecture and construction management firms, which will use a $27,629 Training Funds award, matched by a $15,900 employer contribution, to train 17 employees in LEED technology, human resources management, and industry- standard software . The program is projected to result in an average wage increase of 10 percent for all trainees.
  • Melita Corp., a commercial bakery that recently relocated to the Bronx, which will use a $63,433 Training Funds award, matched by an $36,248 employer contribution, to train 69 employees in lean manufacturing, equipment maintenance, and process improvement in order to transition from hand production to fully automated systems. The program is projected to result in an average wage increase of 5 percent for all trainees.
  • North Shore Bottling Company, a Brooklyn-based beverage distributor, which will use a $64,122 Training Funds award, matched by a $36,643 employer contribution, to train 94 employees in workplace organization, sales and customer service, team-building, and basic computer skills. The program is projected to result in an average wage increase of 5 percent for all trainees who successfully complete training.
  • Nanette Lepore, a Manhattan-based designer, manufacturer and retailer of women’s apparel, which will use a $21,011 Training Funds award, matched by a $17,511 employer contribution, to train 21 employees in inventory management, budgeting, and managing supplier’s performance. The program is projected to result in an average wage increase of 5 percent for all trainees.
  • Ronnette Riley Architect, a Manhattan-based architecture firm, which will use a $31,056 Training Funds award, matched by a $17,746 employer contribution, to train 12 employees in project management, billing, and accounting software. The program is projected to result in 2 new hires and an average wage increase of 5 percent for all currently employed trainees.
  • Victory Foodservice Distributors Corp., a Bronx-based food product distributor, which will use a $77,975 Training Funds award, matched by a $44,558 employer contribution, to train 81 employees in warehouse operations, customer service, and leadership skills. The program is projected to result in average wage gains of 5 percent for all trainees.

Since the program’s inception, New York City has awarded more than $7.6 million to 102 companies to train nearly 4,700 workers, matched by over $7.5 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 New York City Department of Small Business Services
The New York CityDepartment 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. For more information on all of SBS’ services go to www.nyc.gov/sbs



  Contact: Sarah Krauss (Press Secretary) 212-618-6716 / skrauss@sbs.nyc.gov  

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