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Joe Connolly, Noted Wall Street Journal/WCBS Radio Reporter, to Lead Queens College Discussion on Small Business Survival

-- Business Forum Lunch Panel on Sept. 23 Will Feature Heads

   of Four Leading Queens Entrepreneurial Firms --

FLUSHING, NY, September 9, 2011 – According to President Barack Obama, small businesses drive the U.S. economy by providing jobs for over half the nation’s private workforce.  But what happens to these innovative, productive entrepreneurs when the economy suffers a prolonged downturn, and unemployment continues to rise?  How do they survive?

Award-winning Wall Street Journal business reporter and WCBS Newsradio 880 commentator Joe Connolly will explore these issues with four local entrepreneurs in a panel discussion on “How to Survive in Small Business in Today’s Economy” at Queens College on Friday, September 23.  The free lunch forum will begin at 12 noon in the fourth floor ballroom of the college’s Student Union,
Connolly’s lively and interesting business reports are heard by 2 million people every week on WCBS 880 radio in N.Y. and by millions more nationally through syndication.  Connolly officially works for the Wall Street Journal, where his primary job is to provide business reports for WCBS Newsradio 880.  New York Magazine has praised Connolly for “dramatizing rather than crunching numbers” and for creating “instructive vignettes from routine business stories.”

The QC Business Forum panelists will include:


Kenneth Buettner, President, York Scaffold Equipment Corp.

· Amparo Connors, President, Allied Personnel Services, Inc.
· Audra Fordin, President and Owner/Operator of Great  Bear Repair and Auto Body Shop
· Dominic Valante, President, Valente Yeast Co., Inc. 


The QC Business Forum is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.  To register, call 718-997-2920 (Yifat Anteri) or Email  Complimentary parking is available.  For directions, go to:


The QC Business Forum was launched in the fall of 2005. Sponsored by the

Queens Borough President’s Office; Queens Chamber of Commerce; Queens Courier; Queens Economic Development Corp.; Farrell Fritz P.C.; PricewaterhouseCoopers; and TD Bank, the

forum acts as a catalyst within the diverse areas of Queens, bringing together the business

community, local government, academia, and students to provide an opportunity for town and

gown to interact. Influential leaders in a number of fields serve as keynote speakers at its breakfast lectures, touching on issues vital to the Queens business community. The forum’s theme this year, Looking Toward the Future, is reflected in the subject matter of the seminars. Each forum fosters discussions that provide insight on how local businesses are seizing opportunities and profitably adapting to changes in business and regulatory conditions.


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