Economic Development

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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Focus on Black Businesses & Entrepreneurs During the Holiday Season

By Editor | December 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

by KAREN CLEMENTS editor@thecommunitiesofcolor.com  During Black Friday Weekend 2017, The 5th Annual Stuyvesant Indi Winter Holiday Bazaar, set up a vendors marketplace in an expansive basement of a Brooklyn Brownstone on Quincy Street. With music in the background and space for children to be creative, the market had various vendors selling a wide variety of […]

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New Chair For Community Board 12

By Editor | December 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Karen Clements editor@communitiesofcolornyc.com Community Board 12 (CB12) has a new chairperson. Rene Cheatham-Hill was voted in as Chairperson at the Community Board Meeting on November 15, 2017. The question is, will the win be legitimate. The Board had to elect a new chair as its former chair, Adrienne Adams, resigned. Adams was elected to […]

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Fixes for Long Lines to Shorten Wait Times Coming to Rochdale Village Post Office

By Editor | October 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Rochdale Village Post Office will be putting new practices into place to deal with long lines and wait times.  “These changes are coming real soon,” said Bernice Williams, Manager Jamaica Post Offices.  Managers Bernice Williams and Kahlil Wilson recently addressed issues Rochdale Village residents were having with mail delivery, particularly their seniors.  The senior […]

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Election Challenges Plaque Mitchell Lama Cooperative

By Editor | October 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

‘Nobody cares’. That was the statement from a cooperator the day after Rochdale Village’s annual shareholders meeting.  Less than 100 individuals reportedly turned out for that meeting where cooperatives are given a report on the state of the Village.  Rochdale Village is the second largest Mitchell Lama complex in New York City with over 5,000 […]

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Traffic, Traffic, Traffic! Changes Coming Soon to Springfield Gardens and JFK Business District

By Editor | September 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Most everyone has a horror story of crossing Rockaway Blvd near the DMV or a tale of a terrific accident on the Conduit turning onto Rockaway Blvd or a roaring conflict between vehicles exiting the Belt Parkway and merging into traffic.  Pedestrian traffic navigating to public transportation is a challenge on 147th street and there […]

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Lt Gov Announces Upcoming Upgrades to Downtown Jamaica

By Editor | August 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

On a beautiful, hot and sunny day in front of the historic façade of the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul announced the winning projects selected for the Jamaica Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI).  In August 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that Downtown Jamaica was the winner of the $10 million DRI, a plan […]

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So You Want to Open A Food Business

By Editor | August 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

So you make a killer oxtail stew and you want to be in the food business.  Then the Jamaica Food Entrepreneurship and Services Training Space is for you.  Jamaica FEASTS is a free incubator program for aspiring food entrepreneurs.  It entails 12 weekly classes on how to open your own food business.  Topics include, but […]

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Lt Gov Announces Upcoming Upgrades to Downtown Jamaica

By Managing Editor | July 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Lt Gov K. Hochul on the steps of the Jamaica Performing Arts Center On a beautiful, hot and sunny day in front of the historic façade of the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul announced the winning projects selected for the Jamaica Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI). In August 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced

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