Director’s Message: Spring Into Business
The Spring rains have not dampened the progress of new and exciting economic development projects on Staten Island. These include developments in St. George such as the New York Wheel, the 630 ft. tall Giant Ferris Wheel under construction alongside Empire Outlets, NY City’s first and only world class shopping outlet complex on Staten Island’s waterfront. Completion is scheduled in a 2018/2019 time frame.
The Staten Island business community has continued to progress through the strength of our established businesses, the development of hi-tech incubators, and an evolving diverse population. Our center is hosting a number of upcoming seminars this coming summer including Business Planning, Financial Literacy, Marketing, and more in both Brooklyn and Staten Island. If there are seminar topics you would like to see featured, please contact us.
The Staten Island SBDC has had a successful 2017 so far! I am proud to announce our Center has been awarded the 2017 SBA Small Business Development Center for Excellence and Innovation for both the New York District and Region II, along with two of our staff members selected for the 2017 New York SBDC Lead by Example Award.
Our Center will be celebrating our 25th year serving the business community in 2018. Since our inception in 1993, the expert advisors of the Staten Island SBDC have worked directly with 8,200 businesses, helping them to invest $175 million in the area’s economy, and create or save 5,400 jobs.
As always, we appreciate the support of our clients and resource partners. We look forward to hearing your new ideas for this upcoming year and we hope to see you at an upcoming event!
With warm regards,
Dean L. Balsamini
Director of the SI SBDC
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