Business/Entrepreneurship

Housing Secretary Proposes Public Housing Rent Increase

By Editor | April 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson made a proposal to make public housing residents pay 35 percent of their income in rent instead of their current 30 percent.  The proposal, which was announced on Wednesday, April 25 must first be approved by Congress.  This proposed increase comes at a time when NYCHA (New […]

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Businesses and Entrepreneurs Gather for Minority and Women Owned Forum

By Editor | April 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

What are the benefits of becoming M/WBE (Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise) certified?  How does becoming M/WBE certified increase chances of success?  How can partnerships increase the chances at obtaining a government contract?  Those questions, and much more, were answered at a panelist forum on M/WBEs at York College on Thursday, April 5. Downtown […]

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Governor Expands Opportunities for Minority Businesses to Obtain Government Contracts

By Editor | January 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

On December 29, Governor Cuomo signed into law the Minority and Women Owned Business (M/WBE) Bill S6513B.  The law will increase the City’s discretionary spending to $150,000 from its previous level of $20,000.  It will also allow the City to consider a firms M/WBE status when using the best value procurement.  This can be a […]

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Black Businesses Path to Government Contracts in 2017

By Editor | January 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Karen Clements Government funding and large scale projects came to Southeast Queens in 2017. Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul announced a $10 million dollar grant for Downtown Jamaica revitalization. The City Council approved a zoning plan for housing and commercial districts in Far Rockaway. The Long Island Rail Road’s (L.I.R.R) $1.9 billion dollar third track […]

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Hip Hop Pioneers at St. Albans Library

By Editor | October 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

MC Davy Jay, DJ Divine, DJ Casino, Livio G… These names may not be household names, but they represents artists one who paved the way for the likes of Jay Z, Kayne West and Kendrick Lamar.  They are just a few of the Queens Hip Hop Pioneers featured in a photo exhibit curated by Queens […]

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