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2017 Business Assistance Forum Recap

The 2017 Business Assistance Forum, presented by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and Baruch College, welcomed nearly 100 small business owners on September 12. Titled “The Launch. The Buzz. The Buy-in.”, this year’s event focused on entrepreneurship and included a panel discussion and four concurrent workshops on launching a business, building a team, choosing between co-working and traditional office space, and digital marketing.

The Forum kicked off with a networking breakfast, provided by TD Bank. Attendees picked up helpful information about support for small businesses in New York City from resource tables including the Department of Consumer Affairs, the Office of Emergency Management, NYC Business Solutions, US Small Business Administration, Baruch College Division of Continuing & Professional Studies (CAPS), Baruch College Field Center for Entrepreneurship, and Baruch College Zicklin School of Business.

Baruch College Vice President of Communications, External Relations & Economic Development Christina Latouf welcomed guests. “Baruch feels a connection for many reasons to small, local businesses. Small businesses are economically powerful, help us as an institution, and we consider it a real two-way relationship.”

Next, Glenn Emanuel, Lecturer of Management at Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, moderated the panel discussion on the challenges of launching and managing a business. The panel featured Ben Guttmann of Digital Natives, Katherine Quiles of ATAX Jackson Heights, Leanne Shear of Uplift Studios, and David Steingard of Laughing Man Coffee.

Following the lively discussion, attendees selected one of four workshops led by Flatiron-based instructors Lavall Chichester of Baruch College, Grown Skills, and Ad Culture; Denise Patrick, also of Baruch College; Richard Gelles of Insensation; and Steven Matt of General Assembly.

“For nine years, the BID’s Business Assistance Forums have been terrific platforms for local small business owners to network and learn about the latest tools and tactics that will help them achieve their goals,” said Jennifer Brown, Executive Director of the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership. “We thank Baruch College, TD Bank, our panelists, our workshop leaders, and all of the resource table participants for providing their support and expertise.”


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