2018-04-25 / Features

Resorts World Casino, QEDC Announce Finalists In Boro’s Best Start-Ups Contest

The nine finalists in the annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition hail from the food, fashion, real estate and arts industries and now they’ll compete for best start up in the borough, a prize that comes with $10,000 in pivotal funding for any developing business.

The contest, sponsored by Resorts World Casino New York City in coordination with the Queens Economic Development Corporation, equips Queens-based small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs with business education, mentoring and access to capital and skills development.

The three winners in categories of community, food-based and innovation will be announced on Thursday, April 26, at Resorts World. Applicants had to attend four classes, submit a business plan, and present a pitch (think “Shark Tank”) to qualify. One of the instructors was Bill Singh, Director of Planning and Analysis at Resorts World.

Robert Walsh, who served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Small Business Services from 2002-1013, will speak at the awards ceremony.

The finalists are:

Art Strong: A community arts center in Long Island City where children are encouraged to explore ideas though art. It was started by two arts educators who met at Columbia University’s Teachers College.

Precise Publishing Group: A multi-genre publishing house that markets to pre-adolescents and adolescents and produces everything from teen coloring books to digital and print material that spotlights social issues.

Impact Fashion: A fashion line designed to provide modest outfits for special occasions for Orthodox Jewish women. The clothes adhere to the modestly requirements of the Orthodox Jewish community and 10 percent of profits go to charities that provide services to women in the Orthodox Jewish community.

Smooth Pops: This ice pop business was started by a mom who didn’t want to serve her toddler color-dye laden pops, so she created an all-natural version blended with the meat of the fruit.

BOSUO Food Group: This company brings traditional African beverages, like bissap, a hibiscus herbal tea, to local markets in New York.

Mighty Oak Roasters: This Astoria duo started roasting beans at home, but are scheduled to open a cafe and roastery this summer.

Calm City: This mobile meditation studio is housed in an RV and brings zen to companies, schools and private events.

Paragon Real Estate Technologies: This company allows building managers to get bids from qualified contractors and allows building managers to post needed repairs online.

LeLe Bombe: This company works with tribal communities in Colombia to create wearable art and one-of-a-kind jewelry. Ten percent of proceeds go to community development in the artisans’ villages.

Come hear who the winners will be – the competition is fierce.

Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition Awards Ceremony takes place on Thursday, April 26, from 6-8 pm at Resorts World Casino New York City, Central Park Space, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. in Jamaica.

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