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Strategic Steps for Growth Application

* indicates a mandatory field. If not applicable, please write "N/A"
Valid response required.
Strategic steps for Growth is an executive education program designed for New York City City-certified Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) that are interested in taking their business to the next level. Firms interested in the program must:
  • Have their main operation within the five boroughs of New York City
  • Have at least two full-time employees on the payroll
  • Have been in operation for at least three years
  • Have annual gross revenues of at least $500,000 and no more than $10 million
  • Be City-certified as a Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE) or a Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBE) by September 2014

For fee information and program details, please go to

This application cannot be saved once started. We suggest you allot at least 10 minutes to fill out the application and be prepared to complete it in one session.

Section 1: Company Information
Business Name:* Business Name required.
Business Street Address:* Business Address required.
City:* City required.
State:* State required. Zip Code:* Business Zip Code required.
Phone # (ext. optional):* Phone Number required. E-mail:*
Valid E-mail required.
Business Website:
Year in which business was established.* Valid response required.
Is your business headquarters located in one of the five boroughs of New York City?* Valid response required.
Is your business based in your home?* Valid response required.
Do you work full-time in the business?* Valid response required.
Business Sector or Industry?* Valid response required.
What is the total number of employees that worked for the business in the last year?
Total number of full-time employees required.
Total number of part-time employees required.
Total number of project-based employees required.
Is your company certified as an M/WBE with the City of New York?* Valid response required.
Does your company possess the proper licenses and permits to operate in the City of New York?* Valid response required.
To find out more information about required licenses and permits, please go to NYC Business Express.
What are your annual gross revenues for the years indicated below? If the year is not applicable to your business, enter “0” in the amount field.
2011:* $ 2011 Gross Revenues required.
2012:* $ 2012 Gross Revenues required.
2013:* $ 2013 Gross Revenues required.
Proof of company revenue will be required prior to acceptance into program. Should you be granted an interview, you will be required to bring your last two years of tax returns for verification purposes.
Does your business currently owe any back taxes to New York City or have any liens against it?* Valid response required.
Section 2: Applicant Information
First Name:* First Name required.
Last Name:* Last Name required.
Title/Position in the Business:* Title or Position in the Business required.
% of Business Ownership:* % % of Ownership required.
Home Street Address:* Home Street Address required.
Home Address City:* Applicant City required.
Home Address State:* Applicant State required. Home Address Zip Code:* Applicant Zip Code required.
Applicant Phone (Home):* Applicant Home Phone Number required. Applicant Phone (Mobile):*
Applicant Mobile Phone Number required.
Applicant Personal Email:*
Valid Applicant Email required.
Section 3: Work History
Are you a citizen of the United States and/or legally allowed to work in the United States?* Valid response required.
How many years of prior experience do you have in the business sector in which your business operates?* Valid response required.
Are you planning to start another business within the next 12 months?* Valid response required.
How many years have you owned the business?* Number of Years required.
Please list your employment history:
Employer 1 required.
Title/Position 1 required.
Employment From/To:*
Employment 1 Years required.
Employer 2 required.
Title/Position 2 required.
Employment From/To:*
Employment 2 Years required.
Employer 3 required.
Title/Position 3 required.
Employment From/To:*
Employment 3 Years required.
Describe product(s)/service(s) you sell:* Description of product(s)/service(s) you sell required.
Please describe your
customer(s) (size, sector, consumer versus business, target demographics):*
Description of Customers required.
What are the two most pressing issues that your business currently faces?* Pressing Issues Facing your business required.
Please explain how this training would benefit your business.* Training Benefits for your business required.
What do you feel are the key strengths or characteristics you would contribute to the program and your fellow participants?* Key Strengths you can Contribute required.
Do you have a current growth plan for your business?* Valid response required.
Section 4: Additional Information
Are any of the principals of your business affiliated with the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) or work for/with any organization that holds a contract that is managed by SBS?* Valid response required.
Are any of the principals of your business affiliated with the NYU Stern School of Business or the Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation?* Valid response required.
How did you hear about the Strategic Steps for Growth program?* Required field.
Section 5: Upload Documents
Please upload a copy of your resume and/or your business plan as indicated below. If you do not upload these documents here and are granted an interview, you will be required to bring them with you at that time. The total size of all attached files must be under 3 MB.
Please upload your resume here (accepted file types: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg, .gif):
Please upload your business plan here (accepted file types: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg, .gif):
When you click on the SUBMIT button below, an automatically-generated email confirmation acknowledging receipt of your application will be sent to the Applicant Email Address you entered above.