Friday, September 12, 2014

Department Of Small Business Services Announces Kristen Titus As Founding Director Of Tech Talent Pipeline

Former Girls Who Code Executive Director Will Help Lead City’s Collaborative Effort to Support the Growth of the Tech Sector and Train New Yorkers to be Top Tech Hiring Choice

NEW YORK – The New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) today announced Kristen Titus as the Founding Director of the Tech Talent Pipeline. In this role, Titus will lead the administration’s $10 million commitment to support the growth of the City’s technology sector, announced this May. The Tech Talent Pipeline is a collaboration between employers, community groups, training providers, and government to support the growth of the tech sector and train New Yorkers to be tech companies’ premier hiring choice.

Technology is among the fastest growing and highest paying sectors in New York City today, representing 291,000 jobs and $30 billion in wages annually. The Tech Talent Pipeline is part of the administration’s broader Jobs for New Yorkers initiative that will help shift the City’s workforce development to focus on employment for New Yorkers in skill-building, higher-wage jobs that offer opportunities for advancement.

“Kristen’s past work experience inspiring, educating, and equipping young women to pursue careers in technology, and helping to close the gender gap makes her an ideal candidate to lead the City’s Tech Talent Pipeline, which will help grow the City’s tech sector and help even more New Yorkers with diverse backgrounds gain quality training and careers in tech,” said Maria Torres-Springer, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. “The Tech Talent Pipeline will play a critical role as the administration’s Jobs for New Yorkers taskforce works to train and connect New Yorkers to good jobs in growing sectors, and we are thrilled that Kristen will be a part of this effort.”

Katy Gaul-Stigge, the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development said, “The future of workforce development is creating smart links between employers and a trained, talented workforce. Tech is a critical sector of economic growth and the Tech Talent Pipeline will be a critical bridge that helps thousands of talented New Yorkers looking for opportunities in the tech sector, and helping New Yorkers gain the in-demand skills the employers need. Kristen Titus is the perfect choice to make these connections and launch careers in all five boroughs.”

“The Tech Talent Pipeline is an innovative public-private partnership designed to strengthen the City’s tech sector and transform our communities, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be leading the charge as Founding Director. Industry leaders are hungry for talent and excited by the opportunity to work together to prepare New Yorkers for 21st century jobs, and I look forward to seeing the careers, entrepreneurs, and innovations that are born of this work—in all five boroughs.”

“Recruiting top technology talent with the right skills is critical to our success and to New York City’s economic growth,” said Gayle Jennings-O'Byrne, Vice President, JPMorgan Chase Global Philanthropy. “JPMorgan Chase is proud to be the first funder of the Tech Talent Pipeline, a partnership with the Department of Small Business Services, to make local talent the first choice for local businesses.”

“The New York City Workforce Funders and the New York Community Trust are pleased to support a number of workforce programs in partnership with the City of New York and the Department of Small Business Services, including our latest joint venture, the Tech Talent Pipeline,” said Patricia Jenny, Vice President for Grants at New York Community Trust and Chair of the NYC Workforce Funders. “We are thrilled with the hiring of Kristen Titus, an industry leader, to direct this effort.”

Kristen has spent her career at the intersection of technology and philanthropy and brings to the City a wealth of experience in building programs, platforms, and constituencies. Kristen is the former Executive Director of Girls Who Code, a national organization working to close the gender gap in technology and engineering. In its first 18 months of operation, the organization secured funding from 25 corporate and foundation partners, garnered unprecedented coverage in over 75 media outlets, and delivered 700% programmatic growth.

As a result of her work in the field, Kristen was named one of TIME Magazine's "30 People Under 30 Changing the World," one of Business Insider's 2014 "Most Influential Young People in Tech," one of Forbes’ “Woman Changing the World” in 2012, and one of Elle Magazine’s "11 Women Who Might Just Change the World." Her work in the New York tech community has been widely recognized; she was named one of Business Insider’s 2013 “Silicon Alley 100,” and noted as one of its “30 Most Important Women Under 30 in Tech.” In 2013, she was named an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar.

Kristen is a former consultant to startups, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and corporate partners working at the intersection of philanthropy and technology, and the former Managing Director of, the social network for the social sector from Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes. Kristen helped to launch Jumo in 2010, where she led the organization's programming, fundraising, communications and operations; in 2011, she managed the organization's merger with GOOD Worldwide, LLC. Prior to founding Jumo, Kristen was as a consultant to nonprofit organizations and institutions in the areas of strategic planning, management, and communications. Kristen sits on the Board of Refugees United, Doc2Dock, and CODE2040, and is an Advisor at Crisis Text Line, NonprofitShare, and Technovation.

About the Tech Talent Pipeline
Led by the Department of Small Business Services in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, and building on existing relationships with CUNY and the Department of Education, the Tech Talent Pipeline will combine city, state, federal, and private funding to reach a budget of approximately $10 million, distributed across three years, to recruit and train New Yorkers; design new curricula to meet employer need; and engage employers in building the talent pipeline. This collaboration is supported by several philanthropic partners, including JP Morgan Chase, the inaugural funder, and the NY Community Trust and the New York City Workforce Funders.

About the Department of Small Business Services
The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) makes it easier for businesses in New York City to start, operate and expand by providing direct assistance to business owners, fostering neighborhood development in commercial districts, and linking employers to a skilled and qualified workforce. For more information on all of SBS’ services, go to

Contact: Merideth Weber (SBS),, 212-513-6318

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Chase Continues Its Support For Small Business With $3 Million Mission Main Streetsm Grants Program

Premier Sponsor Google to add its unique tools and insights to support grant recipients

NEW YORK, September 3, 2014 – Today, Chase continues its ongoing commitment to small

business with the launch of Mission Main StreetSM Grants, a program that will award 20 grants of $150,000 to small businesses nationwide. Qualifying businesses that apply for a grant will gain access to a marketing Toolkit and a $150 coupon toward one market research study with Google Consumer Surveys from Premier Sponsor, Google. In addition, the 20 grant recipients will receive a trip to Google for an exclusive small business marketing workshop, a Google Chromebook Laptop computer and a $2,000 coupon toward one market research study with Google Consumer Surveys.

Today through October 3, any for-profit business in the U.S. with fewer than 100 employees

and which meets all other eligibility requirements may apply. Full eligibility requirements are available at

“Small businesses are invaluable to the growth of our economy and represent the lifeblood of the neighborhoods and communities they serve,” said Jennifer Piepszak, Head of Sales and Strategy for Chase Business Banking. “This year, we’ve expanded our grant program to help even more small businesses by contributing to their success and offering them insights and

access to the best tools to fuel their growth.”

Everyone is invited to show their support for their favorite registered small businesses by

voting through their Facebook account at Businesses

must receive at least 250 votes to be considered for a grant. The public voting period is open from September 3, 2014 through October 17, 2014.

“The Internet has proven to be a vital pipeline for small businesses, and it continues to

connect more businesses to their customers every day,” said Jon Kaplan, Vice President of US Sales & Operations, Google Inc. “We’re excited to join Chase once again for the Mission Main Street Grants program to recognize some of the great small businesses around the country and help them make the most of the Web.”The 20 grant recipients will be selected by a panel of experts representing a diverse group of organizations with a passion for small business.



JPMorgan Chase & Co.

270 Park Avenue

New York, NY 10017-2070

The panel of judges includes:

• Darla Beggs, National Board Chair, National Association of Women Business Owners

• David C. Chavern, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

• Mark Garzone, Senior Vice President, Marketing, National Federation of Independent Business

• Carla Hall, celebrity chef and owner of Carla Hall Petite Cookies

• Jon Kaplan, Vice President, US Sales & Operations, Google Inc.

• Chance Mitchell, CEO & Co-Founder, National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

• Marc H. Morial, President & CEO, National Urban League

• Marc Nager, Chief Executive Officer, UP Global

• Matthew Pavelek, Director of Communications, National Veteran Owned Business Association

• Andres Peña, Vice President, External Affairs, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

• Jennifer Piepszak, Head of Sales and Strategy, Chase Business Banking

• J.P. Torres, PR & Communications Director, U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce

Education Foundation

• Candace Waterman, Chief of Staff, Certification & Program Operations, Women Business

Enterprise National Council

• Joset Wright-Lacy, President, National Minority Supplier Development Council

• Nick Cannon, Entrepertainer, Ncredible

Mission Main StreetSM Grants recipients will be announced in January 2015.


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JPMorgan Chase & Co.

270 Park Avenue

New York, NY 10017-2070

About Chase and Small Business

The grant program is part of Mission Main Street (#MissionMainSt), a campaign that celebrates growing American businesses and raises the profile of select entrepreneurs to help inspire others. For more information about the campaign visit

Chase serves 4 million American small businesses, and was named the nation’s No. 1 SBA lender for 2013, marking four consecutive years of approving a higher number of SBA loans and lines of credit than any other lender in the United States. Chase also remains the No. 1 SBA lender to women and minority-owned businesses. Businesses interested in expansion, hiring or working capital should contact a Chase Business Banking or visit

About Chase

Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co.

(NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.5 trillion and operations worldwide. Chase serves nearly half of America’s households with a broad range of financial services, including personal banking, small business lending, mortgages, credit cards, auto

financing and investment advice. Customers can choose how and where they want to bank: 5,600 branches, 20,000 ATMs, online, mobile and by phone. For more information visit

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

270 Park Avenue

New York, NY 10017-2070

5 Must Do’s For a Happier Future

Posted on August 20, 2014 by Ashleigh Mooney

For most of us, success and happiness will not come knocking at our front door. In fact if we aren’t careful, and if we don’t put certain actions in place, the opposite could very well happen to us. I believe that there are five foundational must do’s to set you on the path to success and happiness.

Having values set you up to stand for something, so that you won’t fall for just anything.


You have probably heard someone at some point tell you that you can choose your attitude. I used to think this was totally bogus, and my attitude was a reflection of how someone treated me or how I was feeling, good or bad. It is so easy to have a victim mentality, but it’s not a happy place to be. We can no longer allow how other people treat us, or how we feel inside, to dictate what our attitude is going to be. I’m here to tell you that you in fact do have a choice. It takes maturity and confidence to let things go, and put on a happy face. It’s a tough thing for most people to do. The road to happiness and success isn’t an easy road, but it is a fruitful one. If you truly want happiness and success, then your attitude must reflect what you want out of life. We are all stronger and more capable than we like to believe we are. You are in complete control of your mind and your attitude. Remember that you have the power to choose!

MTA Discovers it PaYS to Go Army; Helps Veterans Transition into Civilian Employment

by Tina M. Beller, U.S. Army Public Affairs Specialist

Fort Hamilton, N.Y. – A public benefit corporation chartered by the state of New York joined the U.S. Army’s Partnership for Youth Success Program recently in order to benefit from the value of Army veterans interviewing for jobs within the corporation.

Like Sony, and Sleepy’s, The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is now one of 509 companies to have signed a memorandum of agreement joining the Army’s PaYS Program.

“Veterans are generally drug free, are physically fit, are loyal, understand safety and can work in a team environment while problem solving,” said Aleyda Meyers, the director of All-Agency Veteran Recruitment and Staff Initiatives at the MTA. “By hiring a veteran, the MTA is gaining an employee with a great work ethic and one with incredible integrity.”

The PaYS Program, which is a strategic partnership between the Army and a cross section of corporations, companies and public sector agencies, provides America’s youth with an opportunity to serve their country while they prepare for their future. PaYS Partners guarantee Soldiers an interview; it’s up to the veteran to perform well during the interview with the hiring official in order to secure a permanent position. This unique program is part of the Army’s effort to partner with America’s business community and reconnect America with its Army.

The PaYS Program offers private-sector companies and corporations a host of benefits, chief among them is the fact that human resources specialists enjoy a controlled flow of quality employment candidates who have established a positive work ethic, have entry-to-mid-level leadership skills, are tested free and clear of drugs and have honorably served or are serving their country. PaYS Partners also benefit from referrals to other Department of Defense Employment programs, giving private-sector companies access to a broad range of qualified veterans from all services.

Secondly, PaYS partners benefit from both public recognition as a veteran friendly employer and media coverage while participating in Army grassroots events.

Lastly, companies enjoy a sense of patriotic satisfaction that they are taking viable steps to help young men and women, who are quite willing to sacrifice their lives to protect America's freedoms.

One MTA employee who knows a lot about protecting America’s freedoms as a former Operation Iraqi Freedom infantryman who joined the Army to serve his country after 9/11, is 28-year-old Army veteran Jesse DeMino.

“The MTA is big on honoring safety, much like in the Army,” said DeMino, who proudly serves as a New York City Transit special inspector, providing safe transit for thousands of railroad commuters daily. “I like that my employer gives me a chance to continue building myself here. When I grow, they grow as an organization.”

Out on the Long Island Rail Road, 31-year old Chris Braxton, an oiler/laborer working on diesel locomotives, believes his MTA career closely parallels his time in the U.S. Air Force from 2007 through 2011, which makes him feel welcome and at ease.

“When I was in the Air Force, I wrote weather forecasts and made sure the airplanes got off the ground safely,” he began. “It’s the same thing here at the MTA. It’s hard to be complacent on my job as a laborer on the tracks when I have to be thinking about not stepping on the third rail [and getting electrocuted]. I’ve got my partner, and we both want to go home to see our families at the end of the day, so we really have our backs out here, much like in the military.”

And for Vietnam veteran, Lt. Nelson Perez, 60, who serves as a highway unit supervisor with the MTA’s Police Department, working for the MTA as a veteran allows him to enjoy being a public servant.

“Serving in the military taught me that what I was doing was part of something bigger than me, much like what I do here on the police department,” said Perez, who served the nation from 1975 to 1995 as a communications officer. “I do the same thing now, accomplishing the mission and taking care of people here, but I focus more on the community as opposed to national strategic objectives.”

“I would tell any veteran out there who wants to work for the MTA to not think twice about calling the MTA’s Veterans Representative Aleyda Meyers to help get the ball rolling,” said DeMino confidently. “The MTA really takes good care of us veterans [combat or noncombat] with medical and dental benefits and a pension. I feel appreciated here for my service. It really is wonderful to have an employer who understands and can work with us in the performance of our duties here.”

Metropolitan-area companies or corporations interested in becoming an Army PaYS Program partner should contact the Northeast Region Marketing Analyst Joe Crosby at or via telephone at 502-613-1692.

CUTLINE MTA PHOTO SHOOT: From left to right, Stephanie Martinez, veterans representative for Metro North Railroad, Jesse DeMino, special inspector, New York City Transit Department, Lt. Nelson Perez, highway unit supervisor for MTA’s police department, Chris Braxton, oiler/laborer, Long Island Rail Road, and Aleyda Meyers, director, All-Agency Veterans Recruitment and Staff Initiatives.

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MCC Thanks August's Renewing Members

Name Company Website
Erik Grimmelmann New York Technology Council
Mary Silva Maz Mezcal
Nadine Cino LEED AP Tyga-Box Systems, Inc.
Danny Mizrahi Contango IT
Kitt Garrett Discover New York, LLC
Eric Scott Dolphin Micro Inc.
Jonathan Bloch Exchange Data International Inc
Diane Henry Red Real Estate
Joseph Manoleas New York University
Ronald Frimmer Friedman LLP
Lewis Gross
Barlas Baylar Hudson Furniture Inc
Kathrine Gregory Mi Kitchen Es Su Kitchen®(Innovative Program Asso)
Arielle DeSoucey Novotel New York Times Square
Kenneth Sassano Prestone Printing Company
Maureen Fairlie Snappy Solutions Inc.
Barbara Walters The HR Advantage
Barbara Schanker BGS Services, Inc.
Jodi Reynolds Lucky Strike Entertainment
Martin Radensky Martin Radensky Inc
Manuel Rodrigues The Display Shop Inc.
David Katz N2 Global Solutions, Inc.
NYC-EA CGNY Consulate General of the Netherlands
Taner Orhan Wallonia Trade & Investment
Alex Keomurjian Alex Keomurjian/ Pines Harbor Realty
Anil Melwani Armel Tax & Accounting Services
Alexander Masouras Prisma Cargo Solutions, LLC

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Message from NYC Small Business Services: Small Business First: We Want to Hear From You

Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer is asking small businesses for their input about how the City can help them start, operate, and grow through the Small Business First initiative. Small Business First aims to maintain the City’s commitment to public health and safety, while also approaching regulation, government systems, and communication through the eyes of business owners. This approach will not only help serve businesses, but also improve the efficiency of City government.

Small businesses can submit ideas and feedback to make it easier to run their businesses until Friday, September 26 at