The 1st Annual Make IT New York event was hosted by LaGuardia Community College Business Services and Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation at the ConEdison Learning Center in LICC on November 14th.
The meeting and networking event brought together local business owners and major NYC decision makers such as government officials andorganization leaders to discuss ways that small businesses could grow with NYC and how the City could help.
This is part of an effort to stimulate small business and to support job growth.
The speakers included:
Edgard Hernandez, Director, LaGCC PTAC and Moderator
Jane Schulman, Vice President of ACE, LaGuardia Community College
David Meade, Executive Director, Southwest Brooklyn Idustrial Development Corp
William Scarborough, NYS Assembly and Small Business Chair
Bryan Barrett, Director of Business Services, Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corp
Seth Pinsky, President, NYC Economic Development Corporation
Andrew Manger, Section Manager - Economic Development, ConEdison
Mel Guadalupe, Director of Minority Affairs, Suffolk County
Diana Reyna awarded Citations that were presented to five NYC samll business owners by the City Councilmember, who is also Chair of the Small Business Committe for the City Council.
OurLIC was at the Make IT NY event and presents full video and photo coverage with this article. Watch here for more HIGHLIGHTS.
To illustrate New York City's commitment to entrepreneurs and small business, Seth Pinsky, President of New York City Economic Development Corporation, announced that a package of benefits has been approved for a company called Smith Electric Vehicles.
Pinsky said "This is a great story. Smith Electric Vehicles is looking to build electric automobiles and trucks here in New York City". They have reached an agreement and Smith Electric Vehicles will be leasing almost 100,00o sq ft of space in the Bronx, investing millions of dollars and creating jobs.
It is a "deal that no one a year ago, let alone the last few months, would have guess that New York would possibly be competitive" said Pinsky.
Officials from Empire State Development, the New York State Department of Transportation, NYC Economic Development Corporation, the Bronx Borough President, and Smith Electric Vehicles will make an official announcement at 11:00 AM, November 15.