2009-06-12 / Community

AMENY And RDRC Sponsor Minority Business Development Training Program

Councilman James Sanders, Jr. addresses the graduating class. Councilman James Sanders, Jr. addresses the graduating class. On Wednesday, June 3, Councilman James Sanders, Jr., served as the keynote speaker to over 80 graduates and guests of an initiative focused on developing minorityowned businesses throughout the Queens 31st Council District.

Funded by Councilman Sanders and the NYC Department of Small Business Services, the eight session certificate course graduated more than 50 students from the Rockaways, Laurelton, Rosedale and Springfield Gardens. "I am elated that so many potential business owners took advantage of this golden opportunity. President Obama's economic advisors are forecasting that small business will get us out of this recession. Therefore, it is my duty to ensure that I provide resources to help grow small businesses. I sincerely thank AMENY and RDRC for helping to release the economic genius of the 31st District," said Councilman Sanders.

The program, developed by the Association of Minority Enterprises of New York, Inc. and Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation provided students with over twenty hours of classroom instruction lead by experienced entrepreneurs and business owners. Course curriculum included business planning, incorporation, financial management, marketing, business financing, procurement, bonding and insurance. In addition, students received one-onone business counseling and advisory services. At the conclusion of the course, students who fulfilled all graduation requirements were invited to submit a business plan proposal to be reviewed by an independent selection committee for a business start-up grant. Awardees will be announced in early July.

St. John's Episcopal Hospital Center Training Facility was near capacity with over 80 persons in attendance for the graduation ceremony. St. John's Episcopal Hospital Center Training Facility was near capacity with over 80 persons in attendance for the graduation ceremony. Councilman Sanders with Springfield Gardens graduate Mark Talley, AMENY President Jim Heyliger and RDRC Executive Director Kevin Alexander Councilman Sanders with Springfield Gardens graduate Mark Talley, AMENY President Jim Heyliger and RDRC Executive Director Kevin Alexander Councilman Sanders with Far Rockaway graduate Elvira Anderson, Jim Heyliger and Kevin Alexander. Councilman Sanders with Far Rockaway graduate Elvira Anderson, Jim Heyliger and Kevin Alexander.

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