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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April 2021

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

April 21 @ 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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Ready, Set, Go!

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

About the Webinar:
Ready? Set. Go! is a 90-minute free workshop that takes you all the things you need to think about when going into business.  It provides a general overview of what it takes to start a business; legal considerations and what it takes to fund a new venture. 

About the Speakers:
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.

Roy Pellicano ran an IT services company for over 15 years working with small and mid-sized businesses across all industries, from the single computer Mom & Pop to the 63 location company. In addition to supporting IT, Roy advises business teams developing and implementing strategy across the business lifecycle from start-up to exit, including how to implement business and technology transformation.

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May 2021

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

May 19 @ 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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Apply for the Restaurant Recovery Fund! What you need to do to receive funds!

May 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

About the Webinar:
The webinar will be from a SBA official regarding the PPP forgiveness program and will have additional commentary from a CPA and business consultant about the process. These people will be assisting borrowers file their forgiveness application.

About the Speaker:
This webinar will feature a panel, including SBA representative Man-Li Kuo Lin, business consultant Charles Antonucci, and accountant Alan Chan.

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Fondo de Revitalización de Restaurantes (Restaurant Revitalization Fund)

May 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

El fondo de revitalización de restaurantes es un programa del gobierno federal de EE. UU. que ayuda a los propietarios de restaurantes que han visto sus negocios dañados por el COVID-19. Aprenda cómo solicitar este programa en este taller gratuito. ¿Quién puede aplicar? Todos los negocios minoristas relacionados con alimentos y bebidas. Consulte en línea para obtener una lista completa.   ¿Cuándo debe aplicar? Desde el 1 de mayo al 21 de mayo de 2021, para solicitudes con prioridad. El resto de…

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Ready, Set, Go!

May 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

About the Webinar:
Ready? Set. Go! is a 90-minute free workshop that takes you all the things you need to think about when going into business.  It provides a general overview of what it takes to start a business; legal considerations and what it takes to fund a new venture. 

About the Speakers:
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.

Roy Pellicano ran an IT services company for over 15 years working with small and mid-sized businesses across all industries, from the single computer Mom & Pop to the 63 location company. In addition to supporting IT, Roy advises business teams developing and implementing strategy across the business lifecycle from start-up to exit, including how to implement business and technology transformation.

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June 2021

Presenting Your Food Business Online

June 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

About the Webinar:
Learn from a professional food photographer how restaurants and other food businesses best present themselves online.

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Do You Qualify for the Upcoming NYS Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant?

June 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

About the Webinar:
Launching June 10, 2021, the Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant is a new New York State program providing grant funding to small and micro businesses and for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations impacted by the pandemic.

About the Speaker:
Roy Pellicano has been an entrepreneur since the age of 11, and is now an advisor to businesses related to business and technology strategy. He sees his mission to be that of an educator to ensure that small business owners understand their business and how to be literate to their growth, operations, and financing. He has advised multiple award winning businesses and entrepreneurs.

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Seminario de Capacitacion sobre Licencias para Contratistas de Mejoras del Hogar

June 12 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

La clase prepara los participantes para el examen de licencia de contratistas de mejora para el hogar de la ciudad de Nueva York y ayudara a los participantes a preparar si solicitud de licencia. La clase cubrirá los siguientes temas: Leyes de comercio y de seguras para el mejoramiento del hogar Deberes y responsabilidades de un contratista Contenido y cancelación de contratos Practicas de publicidad y de venta – Como dar un presupuesto, estimación y mejora de capital Cultura general…

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

June 16 @ 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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Home Improvement Contractor Training

June 19 @ 9:00 am - 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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Free Legal Assistance for your Business’ Legal Needs

June 22 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

About the Webinar:
Sign up for a free 45-minute appointment with a pro-bono attorney to discuss pressing legal issues. If you need more time, you can schedule follow-ups and continue to work with them.

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August 2021

Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant FAQ Webinar

August 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

About the Webinar:
Expert Roy Pellicano will answer questions to facilitate the PSBR Grant application process, elevating your understanding and chances of obtaining funding from this grant. The link will be sent via email

About the Speakers:
Roy Pellicano ran an IT services company for over 15 years working with small and mid-sized businesses across all industries, from the single computer Mom & Pop to the 63 location company. In addition to supporting IT, Roy advises business teams developing and implementing strategy across the business lifecycle from start-up to exit, including how to implement business and technology transformation.

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Choosing a Business Type

August 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

About the Webinar:
In this workshop we'll compare the main legal structures for doing business: Sole Proprietorships, Partnerships, Corporations, and LLCs.

About the Speaker:
Thomas M. Farrell has a business law practice, representing organizations of various sizes and sophistication, ranging from small and family-owned enterprises to medium-sized, well-established businesses. His mission is to bring sophisticated legal services to these entrepreneurs at an affordable rate, protecting both the owners’ personal assets and the business’s assets.

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

August 18 @ 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.

Find out more »

September 2021

Queens Comes Back! QEDC Fall Informational Webinar

September 9 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

> QEDC is back in a big way! As we shake off our Covid doldrums, say goodbye to summer, and get ready to build great, local businesses...right here in Queens! Mingle with other entrepreneurs, chat with QEDC staff, and network you heart out.

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Best Practices for the NYC Vaccine Mandate at Restaurants

September 13 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

About the Webinar:
Please join us for a panel discussion on what to do for your restaurant. We chose this format because we know restaurants have been flooded with information. You do not need more lectures and powerpoints. You want answers and to hear what others are doing to put a good face on things. We want to create a space for you to ask the questions you need answered for your restaurant to survive.

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Ready, Set, Go!

September 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

About the Webinar:
Ready? Set. Go! is a 90-minute free workshop that takes you all the things you need to think about when going into business.  It provides a general overview of what it takes to start a business; legal considerations and what it takes to fund a new venture. 

About the Speakers:
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.

Roy Pellicano ran an IT services company for over 15 years working with small and mid-sized businesses across all industries, from the single computer Mom & Pop to the 63 location company. In addition to supporting IT, Roy advises business teams developing and implementing strategy across the business lifecycle from start-up to exit, including how to implement business and technology transformation.

Find out more »

Hurricane Ida Financial Assistance

September 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Hurricane Ida damaged numerous businesses. At this webinar we will discuss a new program from the SBA: Hurricane Ida Financial Assistance for Businesses, Non-profit Organizations and Individuals. You will learn the requirements and how to apply. If your business was damaged by Ida, then learn how the SBA can help. The program is for people in NY and NJ declared disaster areas: The disaster declaration covers Bronx, Kings, Queens, Richmond, and Westchester counties in New York, which are eligible for both Physical…

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

September 22 @ 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.

Find out more »
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