QEDC Launches Ruth’s Ready For Bu$ine$$ Program

May 4, 2015 Contact: Rob MacKay, 718.219.6243
or rmackay@queensny.org

Advanced ESL with an Emphasis on Business/Financial Literacy and Matching Funds

(Woodside, NY) The Queens Economic Development Corporation, New York Community Trust, Queens Public Library, and Emerald Isle Immigration Center announced an innovative program geared to helping immigrant business owners today.

To commence on June 3, 2015, Ruth's Ready for Bu$ine$$ will provide clients with English instruction that incorporates business terms. The agency plans to partner with local banks to offer incentives for students to open business bank accounts at the conclusion of the 60-hour program. This will include up to $500 in matching funds to qualified students who open new accounts.

Before the course begins, students will be screened to ensure that they have basic skills in speaking and writing in English. They must also demonstrate that they are -- or will soon be -- operating a small business. There is no fee for participation, and class size will be limited to 20 students.

Registration and interviews are scheduled for noon to 7 pm, on Wednesday and Thursdays, May 6 to May 28, at the Emerald Isle Immigration Center (www.eiic.org), 59-26 Woodside Ave., Woodside.

Classes will be held 6 pm to 9 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays, June 3-25; July 1-30, and Aug. 5-6 at the Entrepreneur Space, 36-46 37 St., Long Island City.

Since 1924, The New York Community Trust has been the home of charitable New Yorkers who share a passion for the city and its suburbs—and who are committed to improving them. The Trust supports an array of effective nonprofits that help make the city a vital and secure place to live, learn, work, and play, while building permanent resources for the future. More information is at www.nycommunitytrust.org.

The announcement was made during a kickoff event at La Adelita Restaurant in Woodside on May 1. Seen in photo are the following (from left): QEDC Director of Services Sante Antonelli; QEDC Deputy Director Ricardi Calixte; Emerald Isle ESL Coordinator Liz Baber; Queens Library Assistant Director Tara Lannen-Stanton; Emerald Isle Bilingual Program Manager Juan Grajeda; and QEDC Executive Director Seth Bornstein.