Stavisky, Kim Support Minority, And Women-Owned Businesses
Assemblymember Ron Kim (D- Flushing) of the 40th Assembly District, and state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky of the 16th Senate District, held a joint press conference at the Flushing branch of the Queens Public Library. They discussed businesses owned by minorities and women, and their own efforts to improve their representation in Queens. Through a partnership with Empire State Development Division on Women and Minority Business Development (MWBE) the representatives hope to eliminate the barriers that prevent diversity in the local economy.
Empire State Development (ESD) is an economic development organization dedicated to improving the economy of New York state. ESD encourages private business investment in order to support job creation, and the growth of local communities. They have now partnered with Stavisky and Kim in order to expand the local Flushing economy.
“Today is a unique opportunity for business owners in Flushing to qualify for possible new revenue sources,” said Stavisky speaking of her own enthusiasm about the project. She and Kim both expressed a strong desire to help these business put their best foot forward.
Kim addressed the importance of businesses with diverse ownership within the local economy.
“State certified and minority owned business enterprises (MWBE) are a large source of private employment and economic opportunity across the entire state,” said Kim. “Promoting equality of economic opportunities for MWBEs and to eliminate barriers to their participation in state contracts is important and should be a goal for the state.”
Stavisky was in agreement with Kim’s sentiments, and expanded on them by describing the development and purpose of the partnership: “In order to see business continue to strive, Assemblyman Kim and I requested that the Empire State Development come and assist owners in Flushing. Once these businesses are certified as Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprise, they will become eligible to bid on state and city contracts. I am pleased to see that we were able to help a number of businesses so Flushing can continue to be a vibrant ‘destination of choice’.”
During the conference, Kim frequently touched on his strong support for local Flushing businesses, and his personal desire to ensure that the local economy continues to expand. Stavisky and Kim both conveyed their support to aid in the development of the economy, the partnership with ESD being among their first steps to do so.