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The Immigrant Business Connection

The Immigrant Business Connection is a web portal to help New Americans start a business in New York City by providing them with relevant information in the language of their choosing.

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Redes Sociales Para Su Negocio. Helena Escalante

En esta presentación usted aprenderá cómo utilizar las redes sociales (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) para su negocio con el fin de crear una comunidad de seguidores...

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Featured Entrepreneur: Rohit Arora, CEO of Biz2Credit

Overlooked immigrant market creates opportunity for Indian entrepreneur.

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Greek immigrant brings recipe from home - creates new market and thrives in the U.S.

For Yiorgos Samios, his Greek heritage, a job as a waiter and a fortuitous sojourn at a tavern while touring his native country -- all were ingredients in his recipe for entrepreneurial inspiration.

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Helpful Resources

Business Mentor NYNew York State has launched Business Mentor NY to help NYS small businesses connect with pro bono mentors from private industry. Through BusinessMentor.NY.gov, a wide range of professionals (eg. attorneys, CPAs, finance executives) volunteer their time to help entrepreneurs increase their annual revenue, create jobs and grow their business. Sign up now for free mentoring! 

The new HealthCare.gov website is now available for individuals and small business owners to preview and compare their health insurance options. The open enrollment period formally launched on November 15, 2014. 

Digital NYCOn October 1, 2014 New York City launched Digital.nyc the first ever, all-inclusive online hub that connects New Yorkers with information, resources, and jobs in New York City's digital economy.

The .nyc domain name is now available for the millions of people, businesses, organizations, and ideas within New York's five boroughs at ownit.nyc.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office [USPTO] invites you to attend its 4th Annual Women's Entrepreneurial Symposium [WES] on Saturday March 28, 2015 from 9:30 am–5:30 pm at the National Museum of the American Indian in Manhattan. This event is FREE.

The New York Business Journal invites you to Meet Your Mentor at their Bizwomen Mentoring Monday event on Monday March 30, 2015 from 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM at Conde Nast at One World Trade Center.

The New York Public Library invites you to participate in its annual Freedom of Information Day on Tuesday March 31, 2015 from 6–7:30 pm at the Science, Industry and Business Library. Seating is on a first come, first served basis at this FREE event. The Library is located at 188 Madison Avenue in Manhattan.

In February and March 2015 the Small Business Administration is offering FREE weekly webinars—Affordable Care Act 101—to small business owners wanting to learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in health care insurance marketplaces. Also available in Spanish.

LaGuardia Community College and the US Department of Transportation invite you to participate in the first of their Webinar Wednesdays series Certifying as a DBE: Disadvantaged Business Enterprise on Wednesday April 1, 2015 @from 2:00 PM -3:30 PM. To register contact Elizabeth Perdomo at eperdomo@lagcc.cuny.edu or call 718-482-5941. Use access code 449-580-333.

The New York Women's Chamber of Commerce is presenting a four part series How to Start a Retail Business on four consecutive Thursdays - April 2, April 9, April 16, April 23 - from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at City College of New York on Convent Avenue. For registration information email lmiles@nywcc.

TruFund Financial Services and Travelers invites you to attend a FREE evening program the Small Business Risk Education Workshop on Tuesday April 7, 2015 from 5:00 PM - 7:45 PM at the Science, Industry and Business Library. Registration is required. To register email Pia Longarini at plongarini@trufund.org or call 347-325-9835.

LaGuardia Community College and the US Department of Transportation invite you to participate in the second of their Webinar Wednesdays series How to Do Business with the DOT/Transportation Agencies on Wednesday April 8, 2015 from 2:00 PM -3:30 PM. To register contact Elizabeth Perdomo at eperdomo@lagcc.cuny.edu or call 718-482-5941. Use access code 873-300-429.

The Trade Brooklyn Business Trade Show is scheduled for Wednesday April 15, 2015 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.

LaGuardia Community College and the US Department of Transportation invite you to participate in the third of their Webinar Wednesdays series Yes! You Can Get Bonded  Too on Wednesday April 15, 2015 from 2:00 PM -3:30 PM. To register contact Elizabeth Perdomo at eperdomo@lagcc.cuny.edu or call 718-482-5941. Use access code 576-527-509.

The Workshop in Business Opportunities [WIBO] and the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership [IFEL] invite you to participate in their 8th Annual Next Level Competition: Pitch. Plan. Grow. Early Bird Pricing is available until April 20, 2015. General registration is available through June 8, 2015.

The Science, Industry and Business Library invites you to participate in a FREE evening seminar Online Funding for Business on Thursday April 23, 2015 from 6–7:30 pm. Michael Pilla will discuss Crowdfunding for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. The Library is located at 188 Madison Avenue in Manhattan.

The Better Business Bureau is presenting a morning seminar Budgeting 2.0: Basics and Beyond on Wednesday April 29, 2015 from 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM at Scandinavia House in Manhattan.

LaGuardia Community College and the US Department of Transportation invite you to participate in the last of their Webinar Wednesdays series I Just Got DBE Certified. Now What?  on Wednesday April 29, 2015 from 2:00 PM -3:30 PM. To register contact Elizabeth Perdomo at eperdomo@lagcc.cuny.edu or call 718-482-5941. Use access code 178-852-925.

StartUpNYStart-Up NY—New York State Empire Development—is creating tax free zones across the state for new and expanding businesses.

Entrepreneurship Glossary with translation into Spanish, French, Persian and Arabic. Also translations of other documents.

NYC Business Solutions—Get Your Business Launched!

NYC Health Insurance Link [HI Link] helps New Yorkers—business owners and individuals—learn how to get the health coverage they need.

Small Group Meeting Rooms are available free at the Science, Industry and Business Library [SIBL] for groups of 2-10 people working on a business project. Time slots are for one or two hours and Wi-Fi is available.

Urban Interns: Find Part-Time Assistants or Part Time Jobs

Entrepreneurs Reap Volumes from Research Libraries article about SIBL from TheStreet.Com

Questions about your business credit? Visit Experian's BusinessCreditFacts.com

Need New York City Statistics? Visit  NYC Data;  NYC Open Data; and We Are Made in New York