2nd Annual NYC Food Manufacturers Expo by NYCEDC

When: Friday, January 25, 9am-2:30pm
Where: Baruch College’s William and Anita Newman Vertical Campus Conference Center
55 Lexington Avenue, 14th Fl.
Entrance located on NE corner of 24th Street

Learn how to gain a competitive advantage and grow your business from industry experts. Join NYCEDC President Seth Pinsky, the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT), NYC food manufacturers, and food brokers, buyers and distributors at the upcoming NYC Food Manufacturers Business Expo and Networking Event.

– Discover hot new products that are being produced right here in NYC
– Meet brokers, buyers, distributers, suppliers and industry experts
– Learn the ins and outs of real estate and business financing incentive programs
– Benefit from business development and marketing assistance
– Learn how to source locally

For more Information and to register, visit the NYCEDC website at:



Free Business Courses from NYC Department of Small Business Services

FastTrac GrowthVenture is recruiting applicants for the January 8, 2013 course. The FREE GrowthVenture course allows business-owners to create an actionable plan for strategic growth, receive one-on-one assistance from experienced entrepreneurs, and join a learning community of peer entrepreneurs. The course consists of 8 4-hour class sessions (5pm-9pm) that take place over four weeks.

Sessions are facilitated by trained business coaches who are entrepreneurs themselves and include the following topics:

  • Session 1: Sizing Up Your Business & Exploring Growth Opportunities
  • Session 2: Making Strategic Decisions & Using Financial Tools
  • Session 3: Strengthening the Product/Service
  • Session 4: Seizing the Market
  • Session 5: Leading the Organization
  • Session 6: Managing Operations for Growth
  • Session 7: Charting Financial Performance
  • Session 8: Making it Happen

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Hurricane Business Recovery Information from NYC Department of Small Business Services

New York City, including the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYEDC) is coordinating a set of services to help New York businesses in recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Below is an outline of available assistance and how you can access them.

If you need financial assistance:

Get help with the Emergency Loan Fund and the NYC Matching Grant (NEW!)
The City of New York, Goldman Sachs, and the New York Bankers Association are providing $15 million in emergency loans to help New York City businesses damaged by Hurricane Sandy. NYC Business Solutions and the New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC) will administer the loan program. If you are a small business in need of an emergency loan to recover from business interruption, you can now access loans of up to $25,000. Loans are interest-free for the first six months and 1% interest for the following 24 months. Businesses that are approved for a loan and have been displaced from their workplace for three weeks or more can also receive up to an additional $10,000 through the NYC Matching Grant.

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Updated: Sandy Resources for Nonprofits from HSC

Please see HSC’s updated list of Hurricane Sandy resources for nonprofits HERE. HSC is working with government, our members, and others to compile information that is helpful to the sector.

The deadline for Hurricane Sandy survivors in New York to register for Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster assistance has been extended to January 28, 2013. Individuals can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or via smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov. Applicants may also call 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Applicants who use 7-1-1 Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS) may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week until further notice.

U.S. Representatives Demanded City Improve Access to Disaster Food Stamp Program after Sandy

Today, U.S. Representatives Jerrold Nadler, Nydia Velazquez, Carolyn Maloney, Gregory Meeks, Joseph Crowley, Eliot Engel, Edolphus Towns, and José E. Serrano called on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to immediately improve access to the federal Disaster Supplemental Food Stamp (D-SNAP) program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. As structured by the City, the program denies access and eligibility to many thousands of New Yorkers suffering the effects of Sandy in their daily lives. In a letter sent today to Mayor Bloomberg, the Members demanded increased accessibility to D-SNAP benefit centers in hard hit areas of the city; extended periods for applying for the benefits; and an expanded zone of eligibility to include all those New Yorkers whose neighborhoods were badly damaged by flooding. Lower Manhattan State and City elected officials, led by State Senator Daniel Squadron, are simultaneously sending a similar letter to the City.

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Over $118 Million in SBA Disaster Loans Approved in New York

The U. S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $118 million in Disaster Assistance Loans for residents and businesses in New York affected by Hurricane Sandy.

“Currently, 1,945 disaster loans have been approved in the amount of $118,791,500 for affected survivors,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta. “We are pleased to get these loans approved so residents in the disaster area can start to rebuild and resume their normal lives. I encourage anyone who has not completed their disaster loan application to do so and return it as quickly as possible.”

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FEMA Local Hires

Here is the information regarding FEMA local hires: Local-hire jobs are posted on the New York State Job Bank website: http://newyork.us.jobs/