Congresswoman Sandra Ung and Tom Grech, President and CEO, Queens Chamber of Commerce (QCC) Thursday, September. 22, announced a partnership to provide free mentoring to small business owners through the Small Business Resource Network (SBRN).
1st and 3rd Thursday of every month Suzan King, Small Business Recovery Specialist for the Chamber of Commerce, will provide a variety of services and assistance to local small businesses from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Ung Regional Office, located at 135-27 38th Ave. Suite 388, Flushing. Help will be provided in English and Mandarin.
King will provide assistance and guidance in areas such as financing, grants, technical support, legal advice and business coaching.
“I am delighted to join the office of Ung Council members to provide guidance and support to small business owners in English and Mandarin,” Wang said. “I’m ready to start helping these small business owners Access to resources essential to their growth and success. ”
Ung thanks QCC and Grech for bringing these vital services to the community after the pandemic devastated businesses in Flushing, as it has done citywide.
“I encourage local small business owners to take this opportunity to speak directly with experts and learn about the many resources available that can help you not only recover, but prosper,” Weng said.
Small businesses are at the heart of Queens, and the QCC wants to make sure all small business owners have the resources and information they need to grow and succeed, Grech said.
“This partnership with council member Ung will help provide these small businesses with important information and advice and help them continue to contribute to economic growth in Queens well into the future,” Grech said.
The Small Business Resource Network is a public-private partnership between the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the New York City Partnership, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, and the Chamber of Commerce in each of the five boroughs. Mayor Eric Adams recently announced a $1.5 million investment in the program, extending it through 2023.
Since its founding in 2020, SBRN has helped more than 10,000 small businesses citywide, 76 percent of which are minority or women-owned. Meanwhile, the Chamber’s Open + Online team has completed more than 750 projects that have improved the digital presence of local businesses, including designing websites and logos and SEO consulting.
With King’s help, Anna Lo recently received a $10,000 grant for her company, DMA Consulting. She used the money to pay her rent and pay for other miscellaneous expenses.
“I encourage other local business owners to take this opportunity to speak with experts and explore many different ways to help your business grow,” said Luo.
Business owners interested in a free 30-minute consultation can schedule an appointment via email through Ung’s office District20@council.nyc.gov, Or call (718) 888-8747.