Entrepreneurial Assistance Program

Our 2016-17 class is full. Thank you for your interest. Please check back again next year.

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: Classes will start on December 6th.

Schedule: Classes are twice a week until February 16th. See below for full schedule. Classes start each day at 5:45 pm and end at 8:45 pm.

Location: Classes take place at the Entrepreneur Space, 36-46 37th St., Long Island City, NY 11101.

Registration: Anyone interested in enrolling in this year's EAP business plan writing class must show interest by answering this survey

Please make sure to use a valid email and contact number as these will be used to follow up with you on a rolling basis until class is filled.
Please note that class participation is a competitive process and registration will be official once formally invited to the 2016-2017 EAP class and payment has been received by QEDC.


Cost: The cost to general participants will be $500. 

StartUP Participants who also take EAP will have a reduced cost of $449. Also note that StartUP participants who take EAP will not have to take the four classes at Flushing library to compete.

An 80% discount will be 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. 

Upon completion and submission of a business plan, 80% attendance, and completion of required paperwork a $50 completion refund will be awarded.

Refund:  You will have two weeks from the time we receive payment to request a full refund, prior to the start of classes. If the first class has already started we will refund 50% of the cost of the course. If the second class has already started you will not be eligible for any refund.

Full Schedule

  1. Tuesday, December 06, 2016
  2. Thursday, December 08, 2016
  3. Tuesday, December 13, 2016
  4. Thursday, December 15, 2016
  5. Tuesday, December 20, 2016
  6. Tuesday, December 27, 2016
  7. Thursday, December 29, 2016
  8. Tuesday, January 03, 2017
  9. Thursday, January 05, 2017
  10. Tuesday, January 10, 2017
  11. Thursday, January 12, 2017
  12. Tuesday, January 17, 2017
  13. Thursday, January 19, 2017
  14. Wednesday, January 25, 2017
  15. Friday, January 27, 2017
  16. Tuesday, January 31, 2017
  17. Thursday, February 02, 2017
  18. Tuesday, February 07, 2017
  19. Thursday, February 09, 2017
  20. Tuesday, February 14, 2017
  21. Thursday, February 16, 2017