NYC DEPARTMENT OF SMALL BUSINESS SERVICES NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2011 NEIGHBORHOOD ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Awards Honor Organizations and Individuals for Their Work to Revitalize New York City‚Äôs Communities
MANHATTAN--- The New York City Department of Small Business
Services announced today that it will be accepting applications for the 2011
Neighborhood Achievement Awards from organizations and businesses located in the
five boroughs of New York City. Established in 2002, the awards honor
organizations, businesses and individuals that have demonstrated excellence in
enhancing New York City neighborhoods by fostering economic opportunity.
New Yorkers, nonprofit organizations, businesses, educational institutions,
business improvement districts, local development corporations, merchants
associations and other neighborhood associations are encouraged to apply and/or
nominate others for awards in eight categories, including two brand new
categories. To apply, visit www.nyc.gov/sbs. The deadline for submissions
is Friday, March 25th, 2011.
The awards will be given in the following categories:
The Norman Buchbinder Placemaking Award honors an individual, business
or organization that has increased the visibility, stature, and overall identity
of a neighborhood by highlighting and enhancing its look and feel, thereby
increasing visitation or economic activity. The award is presented in
memory of Norman Buchbinder, a co-founder of the Union Square partnership, the
city's first Business Improvement District (BID), and founder of the Village
The Adaptive Reuse/Preservation Award honors a business or
organization that has transformed, preserved or restored an underutilized space
into a vibrant re-adapted development, serving the diverse needs of the local
community, delivering tangible benefits for the neighborhood or contributing to
the overall identity of the neighborhood.
The Cultural Award recognizes a cultural institution that has made a
major contribution to a neighborhood, generating economic activity and the
growth of small business while employing local workers and adding to the
artistic and educational fabric of New York City.
The Leadership Award honors an individual or organization who has
demonstrated outstanding leadership over the course of their career in advancing
the development or overall economic welfare of a New York City neighborhood.
Candidates may be from the business or civic community, and must demonstrate
success at bringing together different stakeholders. The Small Business of the
Year Award honors an entrepreneur whose business has significantly improved its
neighborhood or demonstrated outstanding commitment to the community through
offering new or enhanced products and services, generating new activity on a
commercial strip, attracting new businesses to the area, or providing
exceptional employment opportunities.
The Partnership Award honors a joint endeavor between businesses, or
civic, commercial, or development organizations, whose partnership has brought
new benefit and services to the community. Examples include local hiring
programs, business/education partnerships, cultural events, the rehabilitation
of a park or public space, or a unique community outreach effort.
The M/WBE Advocate of the Year Award honors an individual, business,
or organization whose leadership within the M/WBE community has encouraged
entrepreneurship among other minorities and women and whose success has
strengthened New York City's small business landscape.
The Workforce Innovation Award honors an organization or business
that, through pioneering a creative and effective approach to workforce
development (e.g. training programs, recruitment and hiring), has developed a
model that has enhanced their community and provided a model for others to
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.