Seth Bornstein

Executive Director

Seth first joined the QEDC in 1979 where he helped coordinate the borough’s first commercial revitalization programs which led to the founding of many local development corporations and business improvement districts. He became Executive Director in 2009, and has transformed the organization by significantly increasing the scope of the corporation’s activities. Notably this has included the opening of the Entrepreneur Space, a commercial kitchen business incubator in Long Island City; MiQ ™ (Made in Queens) that helps local artisans market their products; specialized programs for immigrant, minority and low-income entrepreneurs; and the expansion of the Queens Tourism Council. In addition to being a founding staff member of the QEDC, he served as the Director of Economic Development for the Office of the Queens Borough President for two administrations. Seth is a native New Yorker and is a graduate of The New School/Parsons School of Design. Seth enjoys exploring the neighborhoods of Queens to find the newest places to eat. A competitive winter swimmer, he has the dubious honor of holding world records in taking the longest times to swim the shortest distances in the coldest waters.

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.

FUEL THE FRONT LINES

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