Tag Archive: Queens Economic Development Corporation


Women’s Power Breakfast at Queens Borough Hall

Empowerment breakfast held at Queens Borough Hall.

It was all about money at this year’s eighth Women’s Power Networking Breakfast at Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens

Sponsored by Flushing Savings Bank, the non-food segment began with Doneath Powell (back row, second from left) and Karlene Deidrick (not pictured) sharing information on their employer’s free banking and financing opportunities. Then, Linda Henley (front row, middle), a management consultant with experience in real estate deals, corporate financing and fundraising, shared tips on how to get the best bang for a buck. Frank Dito (back row, far left) from the Small Business Administration explained his federal agency’s loan programs to the group, which consisted of about 20 entrepreneurs in such industries as child care, music and fashion.

Part of an ongoing series, the networking breakfast was organized by Darinka Maldonado (front row, far right) from the Queens Women’s Business Center, a division of the Queens Economic Development Corporation. For information on next year’s breakfasts, go to www.queensny.org.

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Nov 10 2011

Congresswoman Visits Queens Incubator

(l to r) E-Space Founder Katherine Gregory, Odette Fada of Rana USA, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, and Seth Bornstein, Executive Director of the Queens Economic Development Corporation. They are wearing hair nets as required by city law.

What’s cooking in Queens?

Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-12) donned a hairnet to hone her skills in one of the largest kitchens on the East Coast.

As the ranking Democrat on the House Small Business Committee, Velazquez payed a visit to Entrepreneur-Space, one of the premiere culinary and business incubators located in Long Island City, Queens.

Simply known as the “E-Space,” the building houses various fully equipped kitchens, office space and support staff  for early- stage catering, retail, and wholesale food businesses.


Velázquez discussed government programs aimed at helping small businesses with Seth Bornstein, Executive Director of the  Queens Economic Development Corporation. Velazquez  also toured the facilities where she traded secrets for the best method to prepare  lasagna with Odette Fada, the corporate chef for Rana USA inc.


QP is a strong advocate for Queens as a magnet for entrepreneurs and new talent.

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Pols Celebrate New Bank In Richmond Hill


TDBank is known for it's close connections to the Queens community.

TDBank is known for it's close connections to the Queens community.



Rob MacKay of the Queens Economic Development Corporation emailed us about a new TD Bank that has opened in Richmond Hill. The opening celebration was a smashing success.


Attendees included a host of community leaders including City Council Members Ruben Wills, Leroy Comrie, and State Assembly Member Rory Lancman.



Press Release:

Members of the Richmond Hill community recently celebrated the opening of a new TD Bank branch with an all-day party featuring free food, refreshments, a stilt walker and a steel drum band. One attendee won a $1,000 shopping spree. Located at 119-25 Liberty Ave., the new branch will feature special weekend hours (7:30 a.m to 6 p.m. on Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays). The new store manager, Leslie Smith, is third from left in the photo. Other opening attendees included City Council Members Ruben Wills and Leroy Comrie, Richmond Hill Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Vishnu Mahadeo and Queens Economic Development Corporation Director of Neighborhood Services Ricardi Calixte.

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