16 The QUEE NS Courier • juLY 14, 2016 for breaking news visit www.qns.com New Queens business incubator designed to help college grads find work By Candace Higgins firstname.lastname@example.org/@QNS A new business program hopes to help Queens college graduates find financial success soon after receiving THE ART OF ELDER LAW For more than 30 years the elder law firm of Ronald Fatoullah & Associates has been providing New Yorkers with legal solutions that protect, relieve and endure for generations. Our dedicated attorneys are skilled in the art of giving legal advice and are accomplished in elder law, Medicaid eligibility, estate planning, trusts, estate mediation, wills, asset protection, guardianships, probate and most issues associated with the challenges of aging. Our distinguished reputation is based on a commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards and our core values of honesty, integrity, and excellence. “We won’t settle for anything less”. 1-877- ELDER LAW 1-877-ESTATES Queens • Long Island • Manhattan • Brooklyn ATTORNEY ADVERTISING their degrees. On Monday, July 11, state Senator Tony Avella and the Queens Chamber of Commerce announced that the city will provide funding toward a business incubator program to help Queens-based startups. The Queens Business Accelerator Program, as it is called, will be the first of its kind for Queens. Its mission is to help and maintain a variety of local businesses in Queens. The program will target businesses located on or near the seven universities within the borough in order to help students secure employment once they have received their diplomas. “I have long advocated for small businesses in Queens, and was proud to secure funding for this exciting new program,” Avella said. “This will bring Queens businesses to the forefront, as this program will target small businesses in all sectors, to help them compete and grow, while prioritizing keeping Queens students in the borough after graduation. I am thrilled to have secured this funding; with this program, Queens will look to lead in job growth.” The executive director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, Thomas J. Grech, is also very excited for Queens’ first-ever business incubator. “There is an established and growing segment of startups here in Queens, and we are honored to have this effort championed by Senator Tony Avella. It didn’t take long for Senator Avella to understand the need and the opportunity to establish and support startups in the borough of Queens and we are grateful for his support. For us, it’s all about jobs. We want those 70,000 students enrolled in the seven colleges and universities here in Queens to stay here and prosper after they graduate,” Grech said. The Queens Chamber of Commerce will use the funding toward establishing the program: finding a location to base the program, searching for qualifying potential companies, and other initial expenses. The chamber aims to have the program up and running by the end of the year. The Queens Chamber represents over 1,000 companies, employing about 50,000 Queens residents. The chamber works to provide advice and support to businesses, as well help secure funding, forge partnerships and grow their businesses. Photo by Josef Pinlac The Queens Business Accelerator Program received $75,000 to help startups compete with franchises.
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