ABOUT THE SPONSORS
QUEENS COLLEGE, CUNY
Queens College opened its doors in 1937 with the goal of offering a first-rate education to talented people of all backgrounds and financial means. Part of City University of New York since CUNY's founding in 1961, the college is one of CUNY's largest senior colleges. Often referred to as "the jewel of the CUNY system," the college enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs.
Queens College prepares students to become leaders of our global society by offering a rigorous education in the liberal arts and sciences under the guidance of a faculty dedicated to both teaching and research. Students graduate with the ability to think critically, address complex problems, explore various cultures, and use modern technologies and information resources. With a faculty and student population that reflects the diversity of New York City, Queens College provides an unusually rich education. Learn more at our website: www.qc.cuny.edu.
SBDC (Small Business Development Center)
The New York Small Business
Development Center (NYSBDC) provides small business owners and entrepreneurs in
New York with the highest quality, confidential business counseling, training,
and business research at no cost. We work with real people and real businesses. Our assistance helps
people like you achieve real success, as it has for more than 30 years.
PricewaterhouseCoopers (www.pwc.com), the largest professional services network in the world, provides industry-focused assurance, tax, and advisory services for public and private clients. More than 165,000 people in 158 countries connect their thinking, experience, and solutions to build public trust and enhance value for clients and their stakeholders. We serve a wide variety of clients, including public, not-for profit. and privately owned companies across a wide range of industries, including technology and venture capital, retail and distribution, industrial products, and services. PricewaterhouseCoopers' dedicated Private Company Services practice comprises professionals who are exclusively focused on providing the complete range of our services to private companies and their owners. By helping private companies make strategic decisions throughout the business life cycle, our Private Company Services practice is designed to help clients improve cash flow and increase owners' wealth accumulation.
FARRELL FRITZ, PC
NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens, located in Flushing, New York, is a community teaching hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College that serves Queens and metro New York residents. The 535-bed tertiary care facility provides services in 14 clinical departments and numerous subspecialties, including 15,000 surgeries and 4,000 infant deliveries each year. With its network of affiliated primary and multispecialty care physician practices and community-based health centers, the hospital provides approximately 162,000 ambulatory care visits and 124,000 emergency service visits annually. For more information, visit nyp.org/queens.
SCORE SCORE’s unique service is based upon the idea of giving back to the community –in this case the local business community.
Businessmen and businesswomen with successful careers and entrepreneurial ventures join SCORE to volunteer their time and expertise to help new businesses start and existing businesses grow and succeed.
Farrell Fritz is a full-service law firm with more than 85 attorneys in four offices located in Uniondale, New York City, Hauppauge, and Water Mill. Well known for its service to Queens, Farrell Fritz attorneys advise a significant roster of clients within the borough, serve on numerous not-for-profit boards, provide pro bono services, and are involved in many business and charitable events. The firm provides legal services to businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and individuals in the following areas of law: corporate and banking, including securities, tax law, and distressed assets; health care; real estate, including land use, zoning, municipal, environmental law, and tax certiorari; commercial litigation, including creditors' rights and bankruptcy; labor and employment law; and administration, and litigation. For more information, please contact Tom Killeen at (516) 227-0637 or Lou Vlahos at (516) 227-0639, or visit www.farrellfritz.com.
The Daily News is proud to sponsor the Queens College Business Forum. As the largest and most widely read newspaper in the New York metropolitan area, no. 1 newspaper in Queens, and second largest local media website in New York, the Daily News is the ideal partner for Queens-based businesses. Business and finance are regular features of the paper in the weekly "Biz News" column and "Your Money" siz-days-a-week feature. The Daily News and your advertising have never been more accessible: in addition to our print edition, iPad and mobile apps are available, and our website is mobile device. Let us put the Daily News brand to work for you!
BOROUGH OF QUEENS, MELINDA KATZ, PRESIDENT
QUEENS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Organized in 1911, the Queens Chamber of Commerce is the largest business advocacy organization in the
borough. With more than 1,200 members, it represents the interests of the business community with city, state, and federal governments. It presents networking opportunities before, during, and after business hours; educational seminars; and timely information through its monthly Queensborough magazine and semimonthly e-newsletter. Finally, it recognizes publicity the achievements of outstanding individuals, organizations, and companies that have made the borough a great place to live and work.
QUEENS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
The mission of the Queens Economic Development Corporation is to create and retain jobs through programming that grows our neighborhoods, assists small businesses, and promotes tourism and business development. Since 1977 it has worked with scores of neighborhoods to revitalize their commercial districts by creating business organizations and establishing business improvement districts. Entrepreneurs are assisted through individual counseling, workshops, and facilities at the Entrepreneur's Space Incubator for Food & Business. The Discover Queens Program promotes the many cultural, recreational, and retail opportunities within the borough.
Investors Bank was founded in 1926 and today is one of
the largest banks headquartered in New Jersey. With more than $26 billion in
assets and a network of over 145 retail branches throughout New Jersey, New
York City and Long Island, Investors delivers a broad range of financial
services and products tailored to the needs of its retail and business
THE GREATER FLUSHING CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Greater Flushing Chamber Of Commerce represents the fastest growing and most dynamic business community in the United States. They are an international trade hub and the fourth largest commercial district in New York. The chamber is the center of small business activity in the metropolitan region. As 90% of the 6,000 firms that they represent have fewer than 10 workers, they are the new face of American entrepreneurship. Many of their small business owners face great hardship and often do not get the help and resources they need from the government. The Chamber’s mission is to foster the economic growth, inclusive diversity, and shared prosperity of greater Flushing through advocacy, networking, and education. Its members envision a community that is a beacon for economic opportunity, mutual respect, and solidarity. The chamber’s vision is that through their leadership members will overcome challenges, reach for their dreams, transform themselves and redefine what it means to be an American.
Schneps Media is the proud publisher and
producer of 33 award-winning newspapers, 28 magazines and specialty
publications, 20 websites and more than 50 annual events. Their mission is to
provide all New Yorkers with news and information about the issues that shape
their daily lives in their neighborhoods.
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