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2019 Corona Small Business Summit

September 19, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm



September 19, 2019
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Corona Plaza, Aliento de Vida
103-12 Roosevelt Ave.
Corona, NY 11368 United States

The Corona Small Business Summit will connect small business owners with agency representatives and community
organizations to available resources to help them grow their business. Attendees will also have access to multiple breakout sessions that will provide training on a variety of business development topics.

Lunch is included as part of free registration!


Summit Program

Registration and Networking 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Small Business Workshops 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM

  • Successful Entrepreneurs Panel Discussion with WeWork
  • Federal Contracting (8a, Women-owned, HubZone, etc), Exporting and How to get SBA loans with the U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Identity Theft and Cybercrime, and Tax Withholding with the Internal Revenue Service
  • Ready? Set. Go! / Framework for Starting Your Own Business (English, Spanish and Mandarin) with Queens Economic Development Corporation and the U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Financing Your Business – Meet the Lenders with Banks, Microlenders and Crowdfunders
  • Doing Business with the Government – Getting M/WBE Certified by Queens Economic Development Corporation

Free Lunch and Networking 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Raffle Prizes/ Closing Remarks 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM


Presented By


The Panel

Allison Hayhurst
Evening Squire Productions
Founder & Managing Direction
Allison Hayhurst is the Founder and Managing Director of Evening Squire Productions. Over the company’s history, they have produced, written, and directed award-winning short films, web series, corporate video, and reels. We are start-up minded storytellers.
Neil Levin
Webline Design
Vice President

Neil started his sales career at the age of 5 when he opened his first business shining shoes. After leading 3 companies in business development his current position is Vice President of Development for Webline Designs, a boutique Website Design and Online Marketing company located in Long Island City. Since 1995 he has worked on over 1000 website design and development projects. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Queens Chamber of Commerce and served on the Board of Directors of Long Island City Partnership for over 15 years. Neil is married to his wife JoAnn for over 50 years and resides in Queens. His partner for 24 years is his older son Stephen Levin, who is the President of Webline Designs.

Krina Douramanis
VouDou Group LLC.
Krina Douramanis is the founder and broker for Krina Douramanis Property & Casualty Insurance Agency. Krina provides Commercial Insurance and Risk Management Strategy for small businesses throughout New York and New Jersey specializing in the construction, food and manufacturing industries.
Karly McCabe (the moderator)
WeWork Gotham Center
Community Manager
Karly previously worked at Wegmans Food Markets Inc. for 12 years and then joined WeWork in February of 2017 and has been working in the Queens market since February of 2018. She is the Community Manager of the newest Long Island City, Queens location that will be 11 floors and over 2,000 members after opening. She is very excited to continue to grow the Queens market, meet people in the local community, and support local business.

QEDC hosts the Queens Women's Business Center. QEDC encourages all women to participate in this and all other QEDC programs.

The Queens Women's Business Center is Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disability if requested at least two weeks in advance.

This program is supported in part through funding from the office of the Queens Borough President.


As a non-profit, QEDC needs donations in order to keep serving our community. If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution, please click the button below.

The mission of the Queens Economic Development Corporation is to help small businesses.  In view of the Coronavirus, we are taking the following steps:

  • We have compiled a Resource Guide detailing programs to assist small businesses.  These include loans, grants and other aid available through Federal, State, City, and Private agencies. The Resource Guide can be accessed here. It is updated as we receive new information.
  • Assistance in filling out application and all other client services will be done remotely via telephone. To request an appointment, email info@queensny.org and you will be contacted within 24 hours.  Please know our office in Kew Gardens is closed.
  • The Entrepreneur Space Commercial Kitchen Incubator is fully operational and staff is taking additional steps to ensure that it is a safe environment for our clients. For more information, please call 718 392-0025.
  • The Queens Tourism Council is working with our cultural, recreational, restaurant and sporting communities to support them as best we can.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.  Be careful, help those who are vulnerable and wash your hands.


Queens Together

Fuel the Front Lines is an initiative of Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, Queens Together, Queens Night Market and the QEDC to help to meet the needs of front line healthcare workers, other emergency responders, and Queens communities in need through partnerships with local independent restaurants and food businesses. We will fill the urgent need for nourishment while at the same time providing a lifeline to the small businesses that define our neighborhoods. Make your tax-deductible contribution and help us deliver good food made with love by workers in Queens, for people in Queens.