Through a service called Priority1, job seeking veterans and their spouses are provided with priority services throughout the Workforce1 Career Center system. Select centers are equipped with dedicated Veteran Specialists, many of whom have military backgrounds, to help jobseekers navigate the transition to civilian employment.
The CDNAs highlight the strengths, challenges, and opportunities of commercial districts on Southern Boulevard in the Bronx as well as in Corona, Queens, and Bushwick, Brooklyn. Each CDNA is the product of extensive community engagement conducted by multiple community partners, including stakeholder meetings and hundreds of surveys.
Since the program launched in 2015, 290 businesses have already received a risk assessment and more than $345,000 in grants have been awarded to more than 115 small businesses. The program has helped an additional nearly 700 small businesses citywide develop emergency preparedness plans.
FastTrac® is a series of courses that help aspiring and established entrepreneurs launch and grow their business. In this fiscal year (2019), SBS will offer more than 30 courses including variations that target women, tech, and veteran entrepreneurs, as well as neighborhood businesses.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives Phil Thompson announced that the City will connect Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) to City agencies with active business opportunities through a new event series, which also will provide an opportunity for M/WBEs to learn about the benefits of doing business with the City. The M/WBE Borough Forums will kick off on September 26 in Flushing, Queens.