2004-02-18 / Political Page

Working For Small Business In Queens

Working For Small Business In Queens

Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, asserting that partnerships between schools of higher education and local businesses are great for a community’s economic climate, presented a $150,000 federal appropriation to LaGuardia Community College last week for the school’s Business Incubator Program.

Receiving the grant was Dr. Gail O. Mellow, the school’s president, who described the mission of the college’s latest economic development initiative as an effort "to nurture young design companies so they become profitable, employ more people, and eventually ‘hatch’ and thrive on their own in the Queens community."

Launched within the past year, the program provides business growth services to a full range of design companies that produce high design and technologically advanced products for gift, home furnishing, architectural and building markets in the rapidly developing Western Queens community.

Also present for the grant presentation were CUNY, Queens Economic Development Corporation and Long Island City Business Development Corporation officials.

From l. to r. Carolyn Everett, Executive Director, CUNY Economic Development Corporation; Mary Howard, Director, LaGuardia Business Incubator; Michael Nellini, Operations Manager, Utley’s; Gail O. Mellow, President, LaGuardia Community College; Maloney and Kenny Greenberg, Owner/Designer Krypton Neon.

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