Entrepreneurial Assistance Program

Thank you for your interest! The first step to apply for the EAP program is to fill out an interest form here.

The Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP) is a comprehensive hands-on business training course targeted to new and existing business owners and is specifically designed to minimize the risk and maximizing the potential success of starting or expanding a business. Think of it as a mini MBA!

The EAP Business Training Course has been with the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) since 1991, and has developed unique strengths which make it different from many other training programs offered by other organizations. The following are a few of our competitive benefits:

  • Develop a fully-vetted professional business plan completed by the end of the course.
  • Learn first hand where and how to conduct research for your business by taking a field-trip to the Science, Industry, Business Library (SIBL) of New York.
  • Learn from experts and specialist who include: a lawyer, accountant, marketing expert, and technology consultant.
  • Become part of a network of EAP alumni that will serve as not only a support system but avenues for business development.

Course Content:

  • How to write a compelling Business Plan
  • How to conduct Industry and Market Research
  • Marketing and Sales Techniques and Vehicles
  • Operations Structure
  • Technology that will automate and streamline your business
  • How to legally Structure your Business
  • About Competitive Positioning
  • How to structure Financial Statements
  • How to Finance your Business

Course Information

Start Date: October 3rd.

Schedule: Classes are twice a week for three hours a class from 5:45 to 8:45 pm. See complete list of dates below.

Location: The Entrepreneur Space, 36-46 37th St., Long Island City, NY 11101.

Please note that class participation is a competitive process and registration will be official once formally invited to the 2017-2018 EAP class and payment has been received by QEDC.


Cost: TBA. In previous years, the cost to general participants has been $500. 

In the past, an 80% discount has been awarded ($100 cost) to all US veterans and anyone with any person received unemployment with a self employment (SEAP) award letter that was in effect up to three months prior to the start of the class. 

In the past, upon completion and submission of a business plan, 80% attendance, and completion of required paperwork a $50 completion refund has been awarded.

Schedule of Classes

Day 1 - Oct 3rd - Tuesday
No Class on Oct 5th
Day 2 - Oct 10th - Tuesday
Day 3 - Oct 12th - Thursday
Day 4 - Oct 17th - Tuesday
Day 5 - Oct 19th - Thursday
Day 6 - Oct 24th - Tuesday
Day 7 - Oct 26th - Thursday
No Class on Oct 31st (Halloween)
Day 8 - Nov 2nd - Thur
No Class on Nov 7th (Election Day)
Day 9 - Nov 9th - Thur
Day 10 - Nov 14th - Tue
Day 11 - Nov 16th - Thur
Day 12 - Nov 21st - Tue
No Class on Nov 23 (Thanksgiving)
Day 13 - Nov 28th - Tue
Day 14 - Nov 30th - Thur
Day 15 - Dec 5th - Tue
Day 16 - Dec 7th - Thur
Day 17 - Dec 12th - Tue
Day 18 - Dec 14th - Thur
Day 19 - Dec 19th - Tue
Day 20 - Dec 21 - Thur