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A U.S. Small Business Administration blog post authored by Marco Carbajo. Marco is a business credit expert, author, speaker, and founder of the Business Credit Insiders Circle.

Featured Entrepreneur: Rohit Arora

 Rohit Arora

Rohit Arora

Co-Founder and CEO Biz2Credit

 

Rohit Arora, CEO and co-founder of Biz2Credit, is one of the country’s leading experts in small business finance.  He has extensive experience in financial services and the issues facing startups and growing small businesses across the globe.  In 2011, he was named New York City's “Top Entrepreneur” by Crain’s New York Business and meets regularly with top executives from the Federal Reserve, Treasury Dept., SBA, and the White House on topics related to small business finance. 

Rohit is frequently quoted about small business lending topics  in media such as Bloomberg Radio,  Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Reuters, The Wall St. Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, TheStreet.com, Entrepreneur, American Banker, Crain’s NY Business, Credit Union Times, and elsewhere.  He writes about small business finance for FOX Business Small Business Center, Entrepreneur.com, and SmallBizTrends.com, among others.

Rohit oversees the Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index, a widely reported monthly analysis of small business loan approval rates.  He also is in charge of all strategic initiatives and the development of Biz2Credit’s web platform that now matches 1.6 million members with 1,200+ lending institutions based on financial criteria that the small business owners provide.  Since its inception in 2007, Biz2Credit has arranged more than $1 billion in funding for start-ups and small-to-medium sized businesses and handles an average of more than 5,000 new loan applications each month.

Previously, Rohit was part of the strategy practice for Deloitte Consulting. He also has worked at Goldman Sachs and Silkroute, a Singapore-based private equity fund.  The Indian native was an advisor to UN Council for Trade and Development in the area of small businesses and emerging markets.  He holds a MBA in International Finance from Columbia Business School and co-authored Beyond Cost Reduction: The Risks and Rewards of Global Service Sourcing, a research report funded by the Alfred Sloan Foundation and the Chazen Institute of International Business at Columbia.

Read about Rohit in Immpreneur.com

New York StartUP! 2015 Business Plan Competition

New York StartUp! 2015 Business Plan Competition
Win up to $15,000 to start your business!

2014 Winners announced - view the details.

Read the press release

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The New York Public Library in conjunction with its sponsor, Citi Foundation, is proud to announce the 6th Annual New York StartUP! Business Plan Competition for New York-based startup entrepreneurs with cash prizes totaling over $30,000.
Entrants gain practical insights about starting and growing a business, while using the comprehensive small business resources at NYPL’s Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL).

Eligibility:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older, live in Manhattan, The Bronx, or Staten Island as a legal resident or US citizen, and wish to start a business in Manhattan, The Bronx, or Staten Island.  See Rules and Eligibility

  •  Start Ups Only.   All businesses must have ideas or business models in the start-up phase. Operating businesses that have earned more than $10,000 in revenue are not eligible to enter the competition.

  • This competition is for For–Profit Businesses ONLYNon-profits are NOT eligible. 

Requirements:

To Enter the Competition:

  1. Create an account on the NY StartUP! 2015 site on FluidReview.

  2. Submit an entry form on the NY StartUP! 2015 site on FluidReview by midnight, Monday, February 3,  2015

    Note: Creating an account doesn't mean you've submitted an entry form. If you previously participated in the 2014 New York StartUP! Competition your name may already be in the Review Room site and you will need to reset your password.

    Your entry form must include the type of business you plan to start.


StartUP! Entrants:  Plans are due no later than June 9, 2015 at midnight.  
Please upload your plan in PDF format to the NY StartUP! Fluid Review site. 

 

 Prizes:
1st Place Award:  $15,000.
2nd Place Award: $  7,500 
3rd Place Award: $  5,000  
4th Place Award:  $ 1,500  
5th Place Award:  $ 1,500  
 

Read about the 2013 Winners and Finalists!

Video of the 2013 New York Start Up! Winners! :

 

Video of the 2013 New York Start Up! Winners!

Read about the 2013 Winners and Finalists!

Previous competition winners:

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StartUP 2012 Winners and Finalists below:

First place $15,000 - Dwayne Samuel, R.N., Esq. and Jason Funes, JD
for a business plan to create Curatio HCS, a full-service home health care agency in the Bronx.
Second place $7,500 Bernice Mast and Richard J. Becker for their plan to create Wheatless and Meatless, gluten-free vegan burger mixes and meal starters.
Third place 5,000 Rina Mansukhani and Christi Helsel for iEvoke, a plan to create a line of products that uses the powerful connection between scent and memory.
Runner-up : $1,500 Jean-Pierre Adechi of Wheelie
Runner-up : $1,500 Monica Sharma and Kim Nguyen of Runway Exchange

Read about the 2012 winners in Upstart Business Journal 

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New York StartUp! 2012 Finalists:

Jean-Pierre Adechi
Case Carpenter
Regina Clark  
Kurt Franz
Rina Mansukhani
Bernice Mast
Dwayne Lloyd Samuel
Monica Sharma
Precious L. Williams, Esq
Shaunte L. Williams

2012 New York Start Up! Winners!

Read about the 2012 finalists.
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Start UP! 2011 Competition - Read about 2011 winners. Link to list of 2011 winners and judges
View a list of the finalists for the 2011 competition.View a video of 2011 Winners (bottom of page) 

Watch a Video about 2010 winners (1st annual competition, 2010) 

 

 

New York Start Up Business Plan Competition 2011 Winners
October 5, 2011

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Blueprint for your Business Future


Blueprint for Your Business Future: Succession Planning Workshops for Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Immigrant-owned businesses too often lack a succession plan to continue operating when the owner retires, dies suddenly, or is forced to stop working because of personal issues.  Rather than being sold for fair market value, these businesses abruptly close their doors.  Neighborhoods lose out and workers lose jobs. 

“Blueprint” is a set of six 3-hour workshops on Succession Planning which cover:

Transition Planning - Why Plan Now?
Anticipate unexpected circumstances • Find the best strategy for you •Avoid costly expenses and taxes

Selling your Business  
How to make a smart sale • Understand the sales process •Locate trustworthy sales professionals • How to find qualified buyers 

Business Valuation – How Much is Your Business Worth? 
Determine the value of your business • Common valuation approaches • Steps you can take to increase the value of your business

Legal and Accounting Issues
Structure a business to minimize taxes • Deal with regulatory and legal issues • Organize legal and financial documents 

Transferring Ownership
Who will take over? • Select and train successors • Understand the role of the family • Manage the transition smoothly

Estate Planning
Continue business operations after owner’s death • Minimize taxes during business transition •  Optimize benefits to family members

These interactive sessions will be offered at the Brooklyn Public Library, Business & Career Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West,  starting January 27, 2015, and at the Queens Library at Flushing, 41-17 Main Street, starting February 23, 2015.   Sessions will be held every other week.  Please email blueprint@nypl.org with any questions. 

Click  here for information about the dynamic workshop instructor, Barbara Roberts, with forty years of experience helping small businesses reach next stage growth.   Click to the application

Email blueprint@nypl.org with questions and  an application for this innovative program. 

Download the flyer

Blueprint is funded through THRIVE, a program of the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

 

Elements of A Business Plan - New York StartUP! 2015 Business Plan Competition

Win up to $15,000 To Start Your Own Business

What is a Business Plan?
The Business Plan is perhaps the most important document an entrepreneur can create. The Business Plan helps guide the direction of the company's first several years in business and gives potential investors an idea of the company structure, goals, and future plans. Companies at all levels of success create business plans. It is a working document that should be updated on quarterly or yearly basis.

The following business plan template is adapted from Rhonda Abrams,  Successful Business Plan.

SIBL and other libraries have many other business planning resources which you should consult.

The Business Plan template linked here should be used as the format for your Business Plan:

Business Plan Template (PDF)

Business Plan Template (Word)

Use this schedule to stay on track with your plan development:

Business Plan Development Schedule (PDF)

Deadline: 
Business Plans must be uploaded to the NY StartUP! 2015 Competition site no later than midnight on June 9, 2015. 

 

A recent Special Olympics survey, National Snapshot of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in the Labor Force, reveals that only 44% of adults with intellectual disabilities are in the labor force.
Autism Speaks and Job Path will present Employing Individuals with Autism: Information and Customized Employment Ideas on Thursday, April 10, 2014, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL), 188 Madison Avenue and 34th Street, Conference Room 018.

Featured Entrepreneur: Rohit Arora

Rohit Arora, CEO of Biz2Credit

Rohit Arora

Co-Founder and CEO Biz2Credit

 

Rohit Arora, CEO and co-founder of Biz2Credit, is one of the country’s leading experts in small business finance.  He has extensive experience in financial services and the issues facing startups and growing small businesses across the globe.  In 2011, he was named New York City's “Top Entrepreneur” by Crain’s New York Business and meets regularly with top executives from the Federal Reserve, Treasury Dept., SBA, and the White House on topics related to small business finance. 

 

Rohit is frequently quoted about small business lending topics  in media such as Bloomberg Radio,  Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Reuters, The Wall St. Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, TheStreet.com, Entrepreneur, American Banker, Crain’s NY Business, Credit Union Times, and elsewhere.  He writes about small business finance for FOX Business Small Business Center, Entrepreneur.com, and SmallBizTrends.com, among others.

 

Rohit oversees the Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index, a widely reported monthly analysis of small business loan approval rates.  He also is in charge of all strategic initiatives and the development of Biz2Credit’s web platform that now matches 1.6 million members with 1,200+ lending institutions based on financial criteria that the small business owners provide.  Since its inception in 2007, Biz2Credit has arranged more than $1 billion in funding for start-ups and small-to-medium sized businesses and handles an average of more than 5,000 new loan applications each month.

 

Previously, Rohit was part of the strategy practice for Deloitte Consulting. He also has worked at Goldman Sachs and Silkroute, a Singapore-based private equity fund.  The Indian native was an advisor to UN Council for Trade and Development in the area of small businesses and emerging markets.  He holds a MBA in International Finance from Columbia Business School and co-authored Beyond Cost Reduction: The Risks and Rewards of Global Service Sourcing, a research report funded by the Alfred Sloan Foundation and the Chazen Institute of International Business at Columbia.

Read about Rohit in Immpreneur.com

Recently more attention has been focused on the rights of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) on a global and local level. For example, Vice President Joe Biden delivered the keynote speech at the Human Rights Campaign held in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, March 22, 2014. He presented LGBT rights as an integral part of U.S. foreign policy and he also pointed out that it was time for Congress to pass Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). ENDA would bar employers with 15 or more workers for using a person's sexual orientation or gender identity as the basis for making employment decisons, including hiring, firing, compensation or promotion.
In honor of Women's History Month, Small Business Administration's (SBA) Office of Women's Business Ownership invites you to join the conversation on "Office Hours," "How to Sell Online" and "STEM and Growing Hi-Tech Firms."
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