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Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus School of Business and Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation Teaming Up to Offer 60-Hour Entrepreneurship Assistance Program


Alka Gupta,Assistant Director of Public Relations
Long Island University
(718) 780-4137

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus School of Business, Public Administration and Information Sciences and the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) announced a new collaboration to bring entrepreneurship training to Brooklyn residents.

"This partnership is a tremendous opportunity to bring entrepreneurship training to the small business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs in the borough of Brooklyn and the Long Island University community," declared Mohammed Ghriga, dean of the School of Business, who made the joint announcement with Joan Bartolomeo, president of BEDC.

The School of Business has recently launched an interdisciplinary minor in entrepreneurship for undergraduate students. The Entrepreneur Assistance Program (EAP) will be non-credit-bearing and open to residents and small business owners in Brooklyn, as well as to the parents of Brooklyn Campus students and Long Island University alumni.

The program is funded under a grant from New York State’s Empire State Development Corporation, with Capital One Bank providing matching funds. Other sponsors are the Brooklyn Public Library, the Staten Island Small Business Development Center and the Brooklyn Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The program will introduce a curriculum developed by NxLeveL, a non-profit educational corporation. With the philosophy of "Learn it tonight, use it tomorrow," NxLeveL is the nation’s largest entrepreneurial training network. Since 1994, over 200,000 students have participated in NxLeveL training, and over 7,000 professionals have become certified instructors. Training has been implemented in every state, as well as in American Samoa, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico.

Program participants pay a nominal $300 fee for 60 hours of classroom instruction and one-to-one technical assistance. While the ultimate goal of the program is the completion of a comprehensive business plan, participants also leave class with new critical thinking skills. This leads to key strategic actions in the development of their business practices. Participants who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of completion.

The class will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. one night per week beginning Oct. 11 (see website at for schedule) at the Brooklyn Campus. The fee of $300, payable upon registration, includes 60+ hours of instruction and technical assistance, a manual and a workbook. To register, call (718) 368-6790.

BEDC is a private not-for-profit organization founded in 1979. Its mission is to "seek to create and expand economic opportunity throughout Brooklyn by implementing business and neighborhood development and planning activities to support and create sustainable jobs, industries and communities." It is funded primarily through New York City and New York State and grants and contracts. Funders include the NYC Department of Small Business Services, and NYS Empire State Development, along with private and corporate contributions.

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Posted 10/05/2011

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