Staten Island, NY - The New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) today celebrated the recent opening of an 18,500-square-foot facility in Staten Island at 120 Stuyvesant Place that combines NYC Business Solutions services for businesses and Workforce1 Career Center services for jobseekers at a single location. The new, easily accessible facility will allow NYC Business Solutions to provide services to meet the needs of the nearly 40,000 businesses on the Island and help them start, operate and expand.
The Workforce1 Career Center, previously located at 60 Bay Street, relocated to the facility, which provides additional space and equipment for jobseekers to find jobs and access free workshops, career counseling services and training opportunities. The space includes computer labs, conference rooms, and a resource room for self-directed job searches. To date in 2010, the Staten Island Workforce1 Career Center has placed New Yorkers in over 1,700 jobs.
“New York City may be faring better than the rest of the nation, but our unemployment rate remains far too high and too many New Yorkers continue to struggle to make ends meet,” said Deputy Mayor Steel. “We're committed to doing everything we can to help Staten Islanders access the tools they need to find and get jobs and to help local businesses become more competitive by providing them with hiring assistance and other services. The new NYC Business Solutions and Workforce1 Center is an important investment in the Staten Island community, and now it's our job to make sure we use it to open up opportunities for Staten Islanders.”
“This new Staten Island Center with both NYC Business Solutions and Workforce1 services creates a powerful synergy that will be hugely beneficial to our local Staten Island businesses and jobseekers,” said SBS Commissioner Robert Walsh. “This facility will allow us to continue providing top-notch services to Staten Islanders and as well as a successful suite of business services to Staten Island companies.”
The NYC Business Solutions Center focuses on the following four services:
- Business Courses that teach entrepreneurs and small businesses the relevant skills to help them reach their business goals. Courses that focus on developing a business plan and creating and executing a marketing strategy will be offered on a monthly basis.
- Legal Assistance through our network of attorneys providing pro-bono consultations on business establishment, contract review, lease review, and intellectual property.
- Financing Assistance to help businesses identify an appropriate lender for their need, package a loan application and increase the chance of receiving a loan award.
- Recruitment Services to provide businesses access to a ready pool of screened job candidates. The Center will specialize in finding talent to help businesses open new locations and executing customized recruitment plans to fill businesses' ongoing recruitment needs.
NYC Business Solutions Centers have already demonstrated significant success in other boroughs. In 2009, NYC Business Solutions helped 404 businesses access more than $22 million in financing, helped 295 business access pro-bono legal consultations with our attorney partners, recruited employees for over 2,700 open positions, and provided courses to over 5,600 attendees.
The New York City Workforce1 Career Center system provides the City's adult workforce and businesses with a full array of employment and recruitment services. Last year, Workforce1 placed New Yorkers in over 25,000 jobs and provided job skills training for more than 7,000 jobseekers. In 2009, the Staten Island Workforce1 Career Center served over 7,000 new customers, placed jobseekers in over 2,300 jobs, and provided skills training for 800 jobseekers.
The Center is designed to meet expectations of NYC Local Law 86 and US Green Building Council environmentally sustainable building standards, and LEED certification is being sought for the Center. The construction of the new facility features many “green” elements, including: recycled content in building materials, certified sustainable wood floors, an HVAC system with fresh-air circulation, carpool and bike parking, and controlled energy efficient lighting.
About the Department of Small Business Services
The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) makes it easier for businesses in New York City to start, operate and expand 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