CUNY Offers New Free East Harlem Small Business Development Program

The City University of New York will again offer its free East Harlem Small Business Development Program, beginning February 24th. Launched last summer at the Theresa Towers in Harlem, the program offers special training and counseling to Manhattan residents who want to start or expand a business enterprise in East Harlem. Its goal is to equip participants with the tools needed to achieve success in their businesses.

Among the businesses that CUNY helped to start or expand through this successful program are an internet cafe, a bed-and-breakfast in the Mt. Morris section of Harlem, a private mental health clinic, an electrical products business and a thrift shop.

The first phase of the current program, the Business Development sector, will be held at the Theresa Towers, 2090 Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard, on Monday evenings, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., from February 24 through May 12. Deadline for applications is February 13. The program is supported in part by a grant from the Kellogg Foundation.

CUNY’s Small Business Development Program at Baruch College will provide the training and individual counseling under the direction of Professor Alvin Puryear. Training will include development of the business concept; examination of the market potential for a product or service; assistance in finding financial and other resources needed to start or expand a venture; and the creation of a business plan.

A second phase of the free program, Business Operations, will consist of monthly seminars offered from June through December. It will cover such topics as marketing, business management, cash flow management, and record-keeping.

To apply for the program by February 13, interested persons should write, phone, or fax (being certain to include their phone number) to Ms. Deborah Parker, Coordinator of Special Services, Office of Student Services, The City University of New York, 535 East 80 Street, New York, N.Y. 10021. Fax: (212) 794-5365. Telephone: (212) 794-5380