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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 7, 2010


NYC Department of Small Business Services Awards $415,838 in NYC Business Solutions Training Funds to Local Businesses

An additional $700,000 in NYC Business Solutions Training Funds Are Available Pre-applications due Friday, July 16

New York – The New York City Department of Small Business Services today announced $415,838 in NYC Business Solutions Training Funds was being awarded to 11 local businesses to help train their employees. Applications are now being accepted for an additional $700,000 in Training Funds, which will also be awarded to New York City businesses.

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.

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. The awards are administered by the Workforce Development Corporation, a non-profit organization under contract with the New York City Economic Development Corporation. 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.

Today's awards of $415,838 will be matched by employer contributions of $250,034. These funds will be used to train 302 New Yorkers, resulting in 32 new hires and projected wage increases averaging 8.7 percent for currently employed trainees.

The NYC Business Solutions Training Funds were awarded to:

  • Caring People Inc., a Queens-based home healthcare agency, which will use a $36,799 Training Funds award, matched by a $31,000 employer contribution, to train 100 employees in Alzheimer’s patient care. The program is projected to result in 20 new hires and an average wage increase of 5 percent for all trainees.
  • Deluxe Delivery Systems, Inc., a Manhattan-based courier service, which will use a $43,064 Training Funds award, matched by a $24,608 employer contribution, to train 20 employees in human resource management, sales, and customer service. The program is projected to result in an average wage increase of 5 percent for all trainees.
  • Fancy Foods, Inc., a Bronx-based wholesale distributor of meats and poultry products, which will use a $39,727 Training Funds award, matched by a $22,703  employer contribution, to train 18 employees in teamwork, sales, and customer service. The program is projected to result in an average wage increase of 6 percent for all trainees.
  • Five Guys New York, LLC, a New York City franchise, which will use a $31,651 Training Funds award, matched by a $18,086 employer contribution, to train 18 employees in communication, leadership, and customer service skills to enable them to move into management positions. The program is projected to result in eight new hires and an average wage increase of 58 percent for all trainees.
  • Merola Sales Company, Inc., a Brooklyn-based tile and ceramic distributor, which will use a $46,596 Training Funds award, matched by a $26,628 employer contribution, to train 27 employees in teamwork, supervision, and inventory management. The program is projected to result an average wage increase of 6 percent for all trainees.
  • National Auto Parts, a Queens-based retailer of auto parts, which will use a $17,300 Training Funds award, matched by a $9,887 employer contribution, to train 13 employees in pricing strategies, customer service, and basic computer skills. The program is projected to result in three new hires and an average wage increase of 40 percent for all currently employed trainees.
  • National Elevator Cab & Door Corporation, a Queens-based elevator manufacturer, which will use a $16,760 Training Funds award, matched by a $12,000 employer contribution, to train 19 employees in productive maintenance and equipment operation. The program is projected to result in an average wage increase of three percent for all trainees.
  • Nonprofit Solutions Network, a Manhattan-based information technology company, which will use a $32,678 Training Funds award, matched by a $18,673 employer contribution, to train 10 employees in sales, human resources management, and industry-standard software . The program is projected to result in one new hire and an average wage increase of 26 percent for 8 currently employed trainees.
  • Pfeil & Holing, a Queens-based manufacturer of edible ornaments and other novelty cake decorations, which will use a $51,728 Training Funds award, matched by a $29,570 employer contribution, to train 26 employees in inventory management, workplace organization, and ISO awareness. The program is projected to result in an average wage increase of 5 percent for all trainees.
  • Schneps Publications Inc., a Queens-based publisher, which will use a $26,314 Training Funds award, matched by a $15,038 employer contribution, to train 15 employees in sales, time management, and presentation skills. The program is projected to result in an average wage increase of 5 percent for all trainees.
  • Securitech Group, Inc., a Queens-based manufacturer of high-security lock devices, which will use a $73,220 Training Funds award, matched by a $41,840 employer contribution, to train 36 employees in the utilization of an Enterprise Resource Planning System. The program is projected to result in an average wage increase of 5 percent for currently trained employees.

New York City businesses can access an additional $700,000 in funding by pre-applying at www.nyc.gov/training, or by calling 311 and asking for "NYC Business Solutions Training." The pre-application is due Friday, July 16. 

Since the program’s inception, New York City has awarded more than $7.9 million to 111 companies to train over 4,900 workers, matched by over $7.7 million in employer contributions. Two-thirds of the program’s funding is from the Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO), which was established by Mayor Bloomberg in 2006 to implement innovative ways to reduce poverty in New York City. The remainder of the funding for this program comes from the federal Workforce Investment Act.



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

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