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March 25th Business Assistance Forum Wrap-up

Collaborating again to host a networking breakfast for small businesses, the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and Baruch College presented "Moving Beyond Today: A Road Map Forward" on March 25th at the school's William and Anita Newman Conference Center at 151 East 25th Street.  

This year's event keynote speaker was newly elected New York City Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. of Brooklyn's 36th District and also Chair of the Committee on Small Business. "Access to capital is one of the biggest barriers or impediments to businesses being able to be successful," noted Cornegy, a New York native and 6-foot-11-inch former freshman center for St. John's University's Final Four team during the 1984-1985 season. "Our economy will be built on the backs of small businesses. With access to capital and access to technical assistance, we can hire more and move this city in the right direction."

Attendees also had the chance to participate in one of four hour-long workshops: Accessing Financing; Build Your Personal Brand: Blogs and Social Media; Online Documents: Productivity in the Cloud; and Business Growth Management: Multiply, Magnify or Intensify! The workshops were produced with the support of NYC Business Solutions, Tekserve, and Baruch College's Division of Continuing and Professional Studies.

"At the Partnership, we work to enhance our neighborhood's reputation as one of New York's vital and most exciting communities," said Jennifer Brown, Executive Director of the Flatiron Business Improvement District (BID) during the two-hour event. "A key to that mission is supporting our small business community, which is the backbone of our city."  

Informational resource tables were provided by the New York City Department of Small Business Services - Business Solutions, NYC Business Acceleration, NYC Health Insurance Link, and Baruch College's Division of Continuing and Professional Studies. There was also a 3D printing demonstration, where "you could explore how to incorporate the technology into your business model," explained Brown and that the Flatiron-based "Baruch is the only college in the city that provides a course in 3D printing for businesses."

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