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QEDC offers business, home finance courses

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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 10:30 am

Looking to help entrepreneurs, established business owners, contractors, minorities, immigrants, women and others, the Queens Economic Development Corp. has announced its fall lineup of programs and services. Below are some details; more can be found on the Queens Chronicle’s website.

First up in the 13th annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition, sponsored by Resorts World Casino New York City and the Queens Chamber of Commerce and organized in cooperation with Queens Library. It will award $10,000 each to four winning businesses, while providing technical assistance, resources and training to all.

Contestants attend free seminars on four topics — Your Business Idea; Testing Your Business Model; Marketing; and Entrepreneurial Financing. These two-hour sessions take place at Flushing Library, 41-17 Main St., on various dates between Oct. 13, 2019, and Feb. 25, 2020. After a fourth session, applicants will submit business plans to a panel of judges, who select the winners.

Interested parties can attend free, one-hour orientations at: the Flushing Library, Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m.; Queens Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, Sept. 16, 6 p.m.; Peninsula Community Library, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway, Sept. 19, 6 p.m.; Broadway Library, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City, Sept. 24, 4:30 p.m.; and Cambria Heights Library, 218-13 Linden Blvd., Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m.

Ready? Set. Go! is a free, 90-minute program, formerly New Idea to New Venture. Taught by a small business expert, a lawyer and a financier, it covers starting a business, including legal issues and funding. The first workshop is at Queens Borough Hall’s Room G110, 120-55 Queens Blvd. in Kew Gardens, on Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

The Entrepreneurship Assistance Center is for aspiring and existing small business owners, offering its annual 20-class course on creating a company and earning revenue.

Personal Financial Literacy is an eight-week course on budgeting, investing and saving for home ownership, college and retirement. Taught by a financial planner, the first class is on Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. It’s free for those with household incomes of under $100,000. Clients must contact Michael Gillen at (718) 263.0546 for admittance.

For the full announcement of the QEDC’s offerings, visit bit.ly/2kuOz7Y.

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