Bright New Partnership on Horizon
On Wednesday, July 25, Chamber President Richard Oceguera and Chief of Staff Henry Jones held a phone conference with New York State government officials Yrthya Dinzey-Flores, Chief Diversity Officer, Alphonso David, Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights and a representative from the Empire State Business Development Corporation. The conference was an initial introduction between NGLCCNY and the State, and explored possible collaborations between the two.
New York has a hundred million dollars in special funds and programs for new and established businesses. The resources, offered by Empire State Development, are available free of charge and support all aspects of business development, from creating a business plan and funding a startup, to navigating tax incentives, to expanding into international export activity.
Mr. Oceguera proposed creating a business development workshop to verse NGLCCNY members in navigating the State’s vast array of small business development funds and programs. The workshop would be conducted by high-ranking government officials toward the end of 2012 or at the beginning of 2013.
“NGLCCNY is pleased to collaborate with New York State to provide this invaluable information to our members,” said Chamber President Richard Oceguera. “Our mission is to increase the financial capital of LGBT owned and allied businesses and this is a major step in that direction.”
Planning for the business development workshop is currently underway, and details will be released when they are available. Information on the vast array of free Business First resources is available at http://nyfirst.ny.gov/index.html.
In addition, Mr. Oceguera shared his vision for New York and New York City of becoming the first in the country to step up to the plate by adding LGBT owned business enterprises to their diverse supplier procurement practices.
Women and Minority NGLCCNY members already have access to participating in the New York’s supplier diversity programs, and are highly encouraged to register at http://www.esd.ny.gov/MWBE/Certification.html.
“New York has long offered excellent programs supporting certified Minority and Women Business Enterprises and it’s time to add LGBT businesses to the State’s diverse procurement practices,” said Mr. Oceguera. “While there no promises, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with the Governor’s office to explore the possibility of this goal.”