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Business Plan Winner 2016

NY Start UP! 2016 First place winners

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The Immigrant Business Connection


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A web portal that provides relevant information—in the language of their choosing—to New Americans wanting to start a business in New York City.

Helpful Resources


  • Sample Business Plans are available for your use via Gale's Small Business Resource Center database. The database is available onsite or remotely from home with a valid New York Public Library card.
  • Small Group Meeting Rooms are available free at the Science, Industry and Business Library for groups of 2-10 people working on a business project. Time slots are for one or two hours and Wi-Fi is available.
  • Pace University's Small Business Development Center and the Science, Industry and Business Library [SIBL] have launched a FREE one-on-one Business Counseling Service at SIBL. One hour sessions are available one Tuesday a month [from 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM]  and one Wednesday a month [from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM]. Registration is required. 

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  • The U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs [ASE] provides data on select economic and demographic characteristics of employer businesses and their owners by gender, ethnicity, race, and veteran status. ASE is a supplement to the Bureau's Survey of Business Owners [SBO] which is done every five years.
  • 2016 data is now available from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics' American Time Use Survey detailing the amount of time people spend doing various activities such as paid work, child care, volunteering, and socializing.
  • Effective December 21, 2015: anyone who owns a small unarmed aircraft of a certain weight must register with the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft System [UAS] Registry before flying outdoors. People who previously operated their UAS must register by February 16, 2016. People who do not register could face civil and criminal penalties. Drone owners can also call 1-844-244-3565.



Business Events








  • Brooklyn Marketing Week is scheduled for Friday-Sunday October 20- October 22, 2017 at BKLYN Commons.
  • The New American Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Administration [SBA]are presenting their next five part Small Business Boot Camp Seminar Series. The Series is presented on five Wednesdays - November 1, November 8, November 15, November 29, December 6, 2017 - at 6:00 PM on Court Street. Seating is limited. Registration is required.



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Other Locations

  • The WCBS Small Business Breakfast: The Social Media Summit is scheduled for Wednesday November 8, 2017 from 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM at The Hilton Long Island/Huntington.
  • The Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership invites you to participate in their Annual Next Level Business Plan Competition. Application deadline is November 8, 2017. Finalists will be announced on December 15, 2017. The Business Plan Competition Pitch Finals are scheduled for January 25-January 26, 2018 at Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott.
  • The European Patent Office is offering a series of webinars for patent information users. 

Notices & Press

  • The Volunteers of Legal Service' Microenterprise Project and the New York City Department of Small Business Services have joined together to launch their Commercial Leasing Initiative. Through the Initiative, volunteer lawyers will educate entrepremeurs and small business owners across the City about leasing commercial real estate.