Queens Comes Back

Our community is confronted by unprecedented challenges caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Queens Economic Development Corporation has asked expert speakers in the areas of Finance, Operations and Marketing to provide guidance as small businesses plan their reopening. Each webinar is designed to provide practical information you need, along with a Q&A session and follow-up materials.

Use this time to plan and prepare. Please take advantage of the expertise our instructors can offer.

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October 2021

Home Improvement Contractor Training

October 2 @ 9:00 am - October 3 @ 2:00 pm

Queens Economic Development Corporation is partnering with the Consortium for Workers Education to provide a free two-day, 10-hour online training class, normally costing $199. The class prepares the participants for the NYC home improvement contractor licensing examination and helps participants to put together their license application. The class will cover the following topics: Home improvement business law and insurance Duties and responsibilities of a contractor Content and cancellation of contracts Advertising and selling practices: How to give a quote, estimation…

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Go-to-Market Strategies for Startups

October 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

How to create a successful launch plan to reach your target customers? You’ve finally built the product and are ready to present it to the customers. But how? It's tough to get the product to the right customers at the right time. That’s why it’s important to have a plan. A good product launch plan will help you reach the target market, generate some buzz and maybe even get some press. To learn more about planning your startup launch and…

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Back to Work: COVID-19 Regulations

October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

About the Webinar:
With the CDC issuing guidelines, other Federal agencies issuing recommendations, and New York State adding its own rules and regulations, there's a lot of confusion about what Employers can and cannot do with respect to COVID -19 policies. Business owners who need guidance about Back to Work policies will find the QEDC's Sept 13 workshop, "Return to Work: COVID-19 regulations" timely and informative. It will provide clarification of the rules around mask requirements, vaccinations, and HR practices.

About the Speaker:
Thomas Farrell is a lawyer with a great deal of experience with contracts, employment matters, and regulatory compliance. He offers a combination of programs and practices to owners of small- and medium-sized businesses, largely designed to prevent them from being sued or from being investigated by government agencies.

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Queens Comes Back!

October 9 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Kaufman Astoria Studios Backlot, 34-12 36th St
Astoria, NY 11106 United States
Free

The borough is open for business! Queens Economic Development Corporation is celebrating with Queens Comes Back!, a huge party in a unique venue with local vendors selling great food, drinks, and novelty items while artists provide top-notch entertainment. Kaufman Astoria Studios will host  Queens Comes Back! in its Backlot on Saturday, Oct. 9, from noon to 4 pm. Restaurants are still signing up to participate, but this first-ever banquet has already attracted several dozen vendors of everything from main dishes to desserts to…

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COVID EIDL

October 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

COVID EIDL is the only SBA COVID-19 Disaster Relief program still available to apply. Please join us to learn about the Loan Component Benefits; 6 Policy Changes; Application Details and Timeline: Application for $500K, and for $500K Funds; and Application Resources.

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Instagram Page Audit

October 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

More details to come! This is one of the workshops in the 2022 Queens StartUP Competition Program. This workshop is open to everyone. You do not need to be a StartUP participant to take this workshop. However, if you're looking to participant in the 2021 StartUP program, you are required to take minimum four workshops in order to be qualified to compete and an opportunity to win 10,000 grant award. Learn more at: www.queensstartup.org.

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Get Business From NYC and NYS Government: M/WBE Certification

October 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

About the Webinar:
Learn about getting certified as a Minority / Woman-owned Business Enterprise with NYC & NYS, what you will need to do to obtain government contracts, and how you can leverage your certification to get more business.

About the Speaker:
Since coming to QEDC, Ricardi Calixte has worked with many neighborhoods’ business organizations to help improve the local economy. He spearheaded the development of Corona Plaza, transforming an under-utilized area into one of the borough’s foremost pedestrian plazas. He works closely with merchant groups, foundations, and government agencies to help local communities reach their potential.

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Meet the Lenders

October 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

About the Webinar:
At this free webinar you will be able to meet with a panel of lenders from different organizations to go over what you need to get money for your business! Panelists include banks, micro-lenders and crowdfunders institutions to meet the needs of all business owners from all stages.

You will get an introduction from each of the organizations along with a description of the different amounts of money, terms and additional requirements that each lender can offer your business.

About the Speaker:
This webinar will feature a panel, including:
Rene Cruz - Senior Business Lending Officer at BOC Capital Corp
Tshering Gurung - Manager of Business Development at BCNA
Quadri Olanlege - Account Manager at Queens Business Solution, Kiva Trustee
Ricardo Rodriguez - VP Business Banking Lending Development, BNB Bank

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Crowdfunding 101

October 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Workshop Description: Crowdfunding should be the first stop on your funding journey. It’s a low-risk, efficient path to getting a startup, small business, nonprofit, or side hustle off the ground without going into debt or giving up equity. In this workshop, led by IFundWomen Startup Coach Alex Brockelman, we'll talk about the pros & cons of different funding strategies and all the different need-states that crowdfunding can be successful for. Highlights/take-aways: What is crowdfunding? Why crowdfunding is helpful The IFundWomen…

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November 2021

What is Website Usability and How it Can Boost or Kill Sales

November 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Website usability, also known as user experience (UX), stands for how people view and interact with your site. Users should be able to immediately recognize the main message of your page, easily figure out how to get from point A to point B and be able to achieve the goal they set out to accomplish. Good UX design is essential for your conversion. And one of the main reasons a website doesn’t attract or convert is due to poor web…

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Ventas a la Vena

November 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Please note this event is in Spanish. El Taller de VENTAS A LA VENA es un taller basado en las NEUROVENTAS. La cual es la ciencia de saber vender con eficacia usando ciencia empresarial. Este taller te ayudará a descubrir cómo vender tu producto o servicio de una manera atractiva y efectiva, lo cual garantizará cierres seguros que se verán plasmados en el incremento de tus ventas y crecimiento de tu negocio. En el taller usaremos ejercicios dinámicos junto con…

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Sales and Selling

November 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

The SALES AND SELLING Workshop is based on NEUROSALES, the science of knowing how to sell effectively using business science. This workshop will help you discover how to sell your product or service in an attractive and effective way, which will guarantee secure closings that will be reflected in the increase in your sales and growth of your business. In the workshop we will use dynamic exercises together with strategies and specific tips that will allow you to put them…

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Web Design Essentials: Creating Marketing Homepages That Drive Results

November 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Design is not decoration. Design is problem solving. It’s a ‘business need meets a creative challenge’.” said Stanley Hainsworth, former creative director for NIKE and Startbucks. As a business owner, whether you are building the website by yourself or have someone do it for you, it’s important to understand how the design elements tie back to your brand strategy, your story and help achieve your overall business goals. To learn more about the key fundamental principles that you can use…

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