The buzz of the growing Bronx and Upper Manhattan economy is electric, and city-wide, residents with ideas of striking out on their own and laying claim to the many opportunities and programs available are reaching out to SoBro’s Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP) to help them do it. Entrepreneurs from every industry, experience, and background—from home health attendants to those with advanced degrees, come to SoBro’s EAP to develop, grow or expand their business acumen as well as get plugged into the tremendous networking opportunities that come from participating in the courses.
Since its beginning in 1987, SoBro/EAP has assisted over 150 entrepreneurs to start and grow more than 100 small businesses, creating 300 jobs. In November 2017, Paul Sawyer joined SoBro/EAP as its Director after a career in business development spent accruing expertise and firsthand experience running several businesses, as well as bringing an astute knowledge about city and state politics and the city’s economic landscape to bear–which he shares with great skill and passion. Working together with Program Specialist, Jaran Manzanet who runs the SoBro/EAP Venture Center, designed specifically to assist Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs, Mr. Sawyer is out regularly attending community board meetings and networking events throughout the city to gain up-to-the-minute insights into business and economic factors impacting business development and which leads him to be better able to guide entrepreneurs to the best places to set up and establish their businesses. “We are solidly about the business of creating successful businesses and assisting those businesses to be able to create meaningful job opportunities.” (more…)
Since 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo have continued to increase their commitment to strongly support the success of minority- and women-owned businesses (M/WBEs) in New York and to increase contracting opportunities, with Mayor de Blasio creating the Office of M/WBEs and appointing a Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives in an ambitious goal of awarding at least 30 percent of the dollar amount of City contracts to M/WBEs by 2021. SoBro’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) partnership has been working since 1991 to support city entrepreneurs with the assistance needed to navigate the competitive road to growing their businesses by obtaining certifications qualifying them for these city, state, and federal government contracts–a process in which it is easy to become lost or discouraged.
“Mayor de Blasio has created the Office of M/WBEs and appointed a Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives in an ambitious goal of awarding at least 30 percent of the dollar amount of City contracts to M/WBEs by 2021.”
In 2010, Bronx-born entrepreneur, Linder Washington, came to SoBro/PTAC with her sights set on expanding her janitorial services company. She’d begun her home-based business in 2007, and after attending a city workshop, she was referred to SoBro in 2010 by a Small Business Administration (SBA) administrator. At that time, she had a couple of successful and happy clients, two full-time employees, and the determination that she would see her company grow. She brought her very simple business plan to Evangeline Gelladola, SoBro Assistant Vice President of Procurement and MWBE Programs, who urged her to think more concretely about her goals for her business, afterwhich Ms. Washington was able to write a robust and winning business plan and returned to follow the next steps of preparing to become MWBE-certified to take advantage of local government contract opportunities. Working with SoBro/PTAC, Ms. Washington obtained New York city and state MWBE certifications, as well as her System for Award Management (SAM) registration in October 2011. (more…)
Over the last decade, the New York City Council has helped 20,000 NYC residents get a great job through the Jobs to Build On (JtBO) program; 85% of participants are people of color and 60% are women. Of the courageous and determined participants in the SoBro/JtBO program collaboration, we didn’t have to look too far to see a particularly shining result of the initiative than SoBro Business Analyst, Shameeda Bachus. In September 2017, Shameeda found herself six months into (more…)
The young adults pictured above were selected to be members in the 2018 SoBro YouthBuild Construction Program cohort after completing a vigorous assessment of their academic and analytical skills, skills critical to fulfilling the demanding responsibilities of working at a real construction site. SoBro prepares every YouthBuild participant to successfully complete the 30-hour OSHA Safety requirement as well as earn the sought after National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) certification (more…)
When: Thursday, December 3, 2015
Where: The Hilton Midtown New York (1335 Avenue of the Americas)
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Who: SoBRO PTAC
What: Doing Business with GSA – An Overview
Where: SoBRO 555 Bergen Avenue, 3rd Floor, Bronx, NY 10455
When: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
RSVP: Nelson Ortiz (718) 732-7538 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Presenter: Mr. Peter Davis, Small Business Specialist
This workshop will cover:
Subcontracting and Contractor Teaming Agreements
For more information about SoBRO’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), upcoming workshops and our M/WBE Program contact us at (718) 292‐3113 or visit www.sobro.org.
Who: Port Morris – Harlem River Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA)
What: Community Visioning Session 3 of 4
Where: BronxWorks Betances Cornerstone Community Center 547 E 146th Street Bronx, NY 10455
When: THURSDAY, September 17, 2015 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Community Visioning Session 3 The South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO) invites all members of the community to participate in Community Visioning Session 3 of 4 for the development of the Port Morris – Harlem River Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA). The report for what can be done has been released – now the community will have a voice in how the waterfront will be shaped and assist in determining what will occupy 1.4 miles of Bronx shoreline.
1) Community Update
2) Review of Plans
3) Round Table Discussion & Q & A
FOR MORE INFO: SOBRO 555 Bergen Avenue, 3rd Fl Bronx, New York 10455 | www.sobro.org
Dinner & Childcare Provided
Join us on Wednesday, September 16 from 5 to 7 PM for a workshop on “Choosing the Right Legal Structure for your Small Business”
When: 5pm-7 pm
Where: SoBRO Center, 555 Bergen Avenue 3rd Fl. Bronx, NY 10455
To register, go to www.startsmall.eventbrite.com or contact Kelsey Minten: Kelsey@startsmallthinkbig.org or call (646) 723-4053.
Facilitated by a lawyer, this workshop is designed to give you an overview of the various legal structures that are available to you if you decide to start your own business (e.g. LLC, C-Corp, S-Corp, Sole Proprietorship, etc.), as well as some of the legal and tax consequences of each. This workshop will be an important first step in choosing the legal structure that works best for you.
Join us on Thursday, September 17 for Community Visioning Session 3 of 4 for the development of the Port Morris – Harlem River Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA). The report for what can be done has been released – now the community will have a voice in how the waterfront will be shaped and assist in determining what will occupy 1.4 miles of Bronx shoreline.
Where: Betances Community Center, 547 East 146th Street, Bronx, NY
To RSVP or for additional information contact Justin Dembski.
Dinner and childcare will be provided.
Thursday, August 27, 4-6pm. Learn about clean-up requirements which affect your business or property, new legislation, and required registration with Department of Buildings.
Place: South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, 555 Bergen Avenue, Third Floor, Bronx, New York 10455
Contact: Justin Dembski, email@example.com
NYC Mayor’s Office – Community Affairs Unit NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito
NYC Council Member Maria del Carmen Arroyo
NYC Council Member Vanessa Gibson
NYC Council Member Ritchie Torres
NYC Council Member Anabel Palma
NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer
NYS Senator Gustavo Rivera
NYS Assembly Member Michael Blake
NYS Assembly Member Marcos Crespo
NYS Assembly Member Latoya Joyner
SoBRO’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in the South Bronx by strengthening businesses and creating innovative economic, housing, educational, and career development programs for youth and adults.
SoBRO is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible in full or in part.
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.