Bhavna Punjwani

Entrepreneurship Assistance Center Director

Bhavna directs the Entrepreneurship Assistance Center, which is a state-funded program offering resources to entrepreneurs in the pre-startup, startup, and growth stages. She is responsible for the program’s business plan training, mentorship assistance, veteran entrepreneur assistance, and technical assistance such as registering businesses and legal setup, applying for licenses and permits, writing business plans, and creating marketing and financial strategies. She is also one of QEDC’s business counselors, specializing in the food industry and working closely with our Entrepreneur Space Kitchen Incubator’s clients. In the five years, she has been here, she has counseled over 350 entrepreneurs in various stages.

Joining the QEDC in 2014, Bhavna started as a business services intern and has held various positions such as program assistant and business advisor since then. She can speak fluently in English, Hindi, and Sindhi, and is striving to speak Spanish fluently by 2020.

Nigeria-Born, Bhavna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business and Liberal Arts from Queens College. In her free time, Bhavna is active on an Indian Fusion dance team at Queens College and takes afrobeat classes.

You can contact her at BPunjwani@queensny.org

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

  • Reboot & Restart is our webinar series commencing May 26.  These  free webinars with experts who will provide advice as businesses prepare to reopen. Selected videos are available to view in our video library.
  • The Resource Guide details programs that  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 applications and all other client services can be done remotely. 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, wear your mask and wash your hands.

FUEL THE FRONT LINES

Fuel the Front Lines is an initiative of Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, 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.