Wednesday, April 20, 2016

SBA to Celebrate National Small Business Week; Agency Announces NY 2016 Award Winners

New York - U.S. Small Business Administration New York District Director Beth Goldberg announced SBA's 2016 district and national Small Business Week award winners and the agency’s plans to honor this year’s 12 small business owners and advocates for their contributions to small business.

The awards ceremony is part of SBA’s celebration of National Small Business Week (May 1 – May 7). “Every year since 1963 SBA takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from across the nation through National Small Business Week,” said Goldberg. “This year our district office has four National Award winners who will be recognized by SBA’s Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet during a ceremony in Washington D.C. on May 2. The following day we will honor our New York winners.”

The New York District Office National Small Business Week Awards Ceremony will be held May 3, 2016 from 10:00 am to Noon; Registration begins at 9 am at 26 Federal Plaza, Conference Center 6th Floor, and Room A/B. Complimentary Continental Breakfast. Open to the Public. Email to RSVP.

"The nominations for this year’s competition prove, once again, the level of professionalism and success is a trademark of our New York District small business community," said Goldberg. "Not only should the winners be congratulated but every business nominated and considered should be recognized for their accomplishments. Selecting this year's winners was no easy task."

2016 SBA NY Small Business Week Award Winners:

The 2016 SBA New York District Office Small Business Person of the Year
John Durante, Durante Rentals LLC., located in Bronx, NY.

SBA New York District Office Women Small Business Champion of the Year
Heidi Kahn, Kahn Architecture - New York, NY.

SBA New York District Office Exporter of the Year
Mohammed A. Osman, Karima Shipping Enterprise, Inc. - Bronx, NY.

SBA New York District Office Home-based Business Champion of the Year
Antonella Zangheri, Krumville Bake Shop, Inc. - Brooklyn, NY.

SBA New York District Office Small Business Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year
Avi Leshes, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce - Brooklyn, NY.

SBA New York District Office Minority Small Business Champion of the Year
James Wilson Wood, Independent Media Sales & Services, Inc. D/B/Minority Commerce Weekly - Shoreham, NY

SBA New York District Office Small Business Financial Service Champion of the Year
Nancy Carin, Business Outreach Center Network, Inc. /BOC Capital Corp. Brooklyn, NY.

SBA New York District Office Women Business Center Excellence Award and Region II
Andrea Ormeno, Queens Economic Development Corporation/Women’s Business Center - Kew Gardens, NY

SBA New York District Office National 2016 Small Business Investment Company (SBIC)
Walter H. Barandiaran, Daniel Raynor, Steve Berman of Argentum Capital Partners - New York, NY

SBA New York District Office National 2016 Phoenix Award for Outstanding Small Business Disaster Recovery
Stephen Piazza, Maryann Piazza of Majestic Vending and Services, Inc. - Staten Island, NY

SBA New York District Office National 2016 Dwight D. Eisenhower Award
Jill Clough-Johnson of Brookhaven Science Associates, LLC/Brookhaven National Laboratory - Upton, NY

SBA New York District Office National 2016 Subcontractor of the Year
F. Xavier Fleming of Sound Roof Systems Ltd. - Williston Park, NY

Monday, April 18, 2016

Parking App Targets Local Cable Guy, Electrician, Other Commercial Drivers

SpotPog, which connects drivers with a parking space with drivers looking for one, has teamed up with every borough's Chamber of Commerce to convince people to use the app.

You can find the original article by visiting Crain's New York Business

By Matthew Flamm

SpotPog, a free app for swapping public parking spots, launched in New York with some fanfare last June and then seemed to disappear. Its founder is now preparing a new initiative for the app, this time with a specific user in mind.

Instead of trying to sign up just about anyone with a car who needs a parking space, Manhattan-based SpotPog founder Jacques Blinbaum is targeting people whose livelihoods depend on finding a spot during the day: the city’s thousands of commercial drivers. Blinbaum, with the support of the chamber of commerce in each of the five boroughs, is seeking out electricians, plumbers, cable guys, contractors and the supervisors of commercial van fleets to build a critical mass for the app. A pilot program is set to begin in the coming weeks as drivers come on board.

"There really is a need in New York for this kind of crowd-sourced parking app," Blinbaum said. "The biggest value is for commercial users. For them, driving around in circles is about missing out on a job."

SpotPog's first year was a good learning experience for Blinbaum, who is CEO of the Brazilian electronic payments firm F2b, which he founded in 1998. He realized that the app, which shows nearby users available parking spots on a map, has worked best within small, closed communities: SpotPog has been very successful among students at Queens College and health-care workers around hospitals.

Blinbaum added that he hopes the circles of intense users will eventually overlap and create a community that crosses the city. With F2b as a development partner, he also sees the app one day expanding in the U.S. and internationally.

Users are given a credit when they first sign up for the app. They then earn a credit by handing their space over to the first user who contacts him or her. The credit system is designed to incentivize drivers to post the spaces they're about to leave, since they'll need that credit for a space the next time they're searching for one.

Blinbaum says he's looking to build a user base and is not concerned right now with making money from SpotPog. The app also allows homeowners to rent out their driveways for parking, and SpotPog takes a cut of that transaction.

The company found a receptive ear at each chamber of commerce since parking is such a universal headache, not to mention a source of traffic congestion and air pollution in every borough. About 30% of traffic in the city is believed to come from people searching for a space.

Blinbaum acknowledges that he will need to educate users in order for the app to succeed.

"People have to understand there's a tipping point here," he said. "Short of the tipping point, they may get frustrated and not come back. They have to understand they have to build a solution, and they all have to work together to do it."

Correction: SpotPog allows homeowners to rent out their driveways for parking, and the firm takes a cut of that transaction. That fact was misstated in an earlier version of this article published online April 14, 2016.

Source: Crain's New York Business

Friday, April 8, 2016

MCC Welcomes Our New Members From March 2016

Benjamin AgaraAgara Rug Cleaning
James SheppardAllstate Insurance
Carla SterlingAmerican Cancer
Andrew WhiteAmeriprise Financial Services,
Mark BevilacqueBevilacque
Lisa PhillipsChristie Property
Yelena BelaksCohnReznick
Alejandra EscobarEcono Lodge Times
Brian PooleEncore
Caroline PetersenGallery Design
Gerard GaffneyGJ Gaffney
Alex OrtolaniIndeed,
Paul VillanuevaIntelligent IT
James HsuiJames Hsui,
Jamil FialkoffJamie Fialkoff
Daniel RoseLock And Tech
Sara LasnerLyft,
Stacie GreenMargaret O'
Ken BiberajMorgan Barrington Associates
Horace BarkerMorgan Stanley Wealth
Eric SiuMystery Room
Lauren LoganOrion Development Associates
Georgiana DancuPablo Baldini
Andre NewsomePaychex
Joell TanProfit Planners Management
Drew SandholmQuontic
Daniel RoseR & J Capital Group
Romy RostRomy Rost
SooHee LeeSanTech Global Corp.
Iris SalazarTaicoa Corp dba Micato
Tia HarridTLC With
Rob FriedmanTo Keep or Not to Keep
Aisha BensonTruFund Financial Services,
Hun ParkUniversal English Center Corp.
Rory HaydenViridian
Tony Guarascio
Pavel Zustiak

MCC Thanks March's Renewing Members

Ryan MasajoABN AMRO
Philip HermanAll Generations Entertainment
Domenic GuastaferroAlpha and Omega Theater Co.
Brandie EngelbergerAmerican Heart
Kuldeepak AcharyaAnchin, Block & Anchin
Karen MeyersAstoria
Mindy DunniganAXA Advisors
Terrence MartellBaruch College, Weissman
A PalmerBeekman
Licelle CobradorBhatta Law &
Bill GhitisBIAN International
Ilana YaariBlueprint
Jessica PolizziBob Altavilla
Kyah PatersonBridgehampton National
Carlos Jusino-BerriosCarlos M. Jusino-Berrios M.D.
Jean-Philippe KrahmerColliers
Wendi Caplan-CarrollConstant
Florence SommerCorcoran-Florence Sommer
Aaron ThompsonDIFT,
Rob ByrnesEast Midtown
Frank SchurskyForrest Hill Financial Group
George AmatoFrank E. Campbell Funeral
Scott EvenbeckGuttman Community
Lynette DeissH&R
Joseph GoldbergHodgson Russ
Brian ChanlatteiCorps 
R.J. FolikInterconnected Technologies,
Melissa KilpatrickIvy League Early Learning
Jen SlawJen Slaw
Jia KangJia Acupuncture & Chinese
Lauren Banyar ReichLBR PR
Lesia RuglassLesia M. Ruglass,
Monica BlumLincoln Square
James RefinoManhattanTechSupport
Lindsey RodriguezMerchant Cash and Capital,
Laura CapraMetropolitan Commercial
Adib KassisMiddle East Airlines
Bruce WhitacreNational Corporate Theatre
George LenceNicholas & Lence
Lauren LoganOrion Development Associates
Thomas FehnPeople's United
Osee BelvilusPrimerica Financial Services
Robbi MuirRobbi Muir
Robert RussoRobert P. Russo, C.P.A.
Raimundo ArchiboldSchwartz Heslin Group
Scott WigleyScott Wigley Business
Kamu KILINCSKALA International Holding
Ahvi SpindellSpindell Media Relations,
Pamela CoppolaStatewide Fire
Josephine LongoTD
June KleinTechnology & Marketing Ventures
Jason DrewsThe New York DUI
David PerecmanThe Perecman Firm,
Renee LundholmThe Swedish-American
David FittsTime Warner Cable Business
Dr. Ankur PrakashWell Balanced Chiropractic,

Thursday, March 31, 2016

MCC Thanks February's Renewing Members

Molly SlingerlandAltria Client Services,
Angel TineoAngel R Tineo,CFP
Nick Petkoff Better Brokers, LLC
Christophe Le GorjuBusiness Outreach Network
William NowottnyCentury First Credit
Ernest ConradConrad Engineers
Daisy GallagherDeWitt UES Rehabilitation & Nursing
Aubrey HaysDSI SVA
Frank ValenteFrank J Valente, DC,
Pedro GomezLegacy Restoration Metal Stone Wood,
Naini NakagawaMatchmyspirit
Gerard ReinhardtReinhardt
Ron BergaminiThe Action Environmental
Sven OehmeThe European-American Business
Daniele BaierleinThe Madison Square Garden Company
Kristin McDonoughThe New York Public Library -\sibl
Janice SandsThe Pen and Brush
Jack SchurskyUnited ARTs
Bernard UhlfelderYorkville Newsstand