June 28, 2016
500 Businesses Network At LaGuardia CC
Source: Campus News, June 20, 2016
Nearly 500 small business owners networked and explored potential contracting opportunities with government agencies, procurement representatives and prime contractors at LaGuardia Community College Business Services’ 14th Annual Small Business and Procurement Expo, held at the Con Edison Learning Center in Long Island City, NY on June 10.
“LaGuardia Business Services continues to play a key role in the establishment and success of New York City small businesses,” said Dr. Gail O. Mellow, President of LaGuardia Community College. “Through services and resources, education and training, assistance with government contracting opportunities, and access to capital, we empower existing, new and emerging businesses—helping them to grow and thrive, and in turn support the local economy.”
Exhibitors at the Expo included the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA, Empire State Development, General Services Administration, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), New York City Economic Development Corporation, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, NYC Department of Transportation, and Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, among others. Participants attended workshops on topics such as accounting for government contracting; alternative financing; sales; and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business certification.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz gave the keynote speech at the Expo, which was sponsored by Con Edison, Skanska and T-Mobile.
“Skanska is committed to working with local businesses on our construction projects. We always look forward to working with LaGuardia Community College Business Services to achieve our mutual goal of supporting small-business owners, especially those right here in Queens,” said Michael Viggiano, Executive Vice President, Skanska USA Civil. “In the long run, programs like these help improve engagement with diverse subcontractors and suppliers and help foster sustainable growth for these companies while supporting our communities and local workforce.” READ MORE….
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