National Small Business Week 2018

Small businesses play a critical role in our economy.  They are responsible for roughly 64% of net new job creation.* Next Street was founded with the belief that small businesses and nonprofits are the engines of inclusive growth in underserved markets, and we are proud to have worked with thousands of small businesses over our 12 year history.

Each year, the Small Business Administration dedicates one week to recognizing the important contributions of entrepreneurs and small business owners across the country. This year Next Street will join along by highlighting some of the great small businesses we have helped launch, operate, and grow.

In addition to our one-on-one advisory support, Next Street also serves over 4,000 New York City-based businesses and entrepreneurs annually through two brick and mortar business solutions centers, and various other programs that we operate or support in partnership with the NYC Department of Small Business Services. The entrepreneurs we serve each year range from pre-startup through operating and scaling, and from pre-revenue through $5 million in annual revenue. Many of the businesses are immigrant-owned, woman-owned, and minority-owned, and the entrepreneurs hail from over 80 countries around the world. Learn more about our programs below.

NYC Business Solutions Centers

Next Street operates the NYC Business Solutions Centers in Lower Manhattan and Queens, which each offer a range of services, including business courses, legal assistance, financing assistance, government incentives, support navigating government, recruitment support, training solutions, and M/WBE Certification.

Manhattan Industrial Business Service Providers Program

The Industrial Business Service Providers program is designed to help start and grow industrial business in New York City. With a focus on Manufacturing, Construction, Transportation, Wholesale, Utility or Film Production businesses, this program helps entrepreneurs connect to money-saving incentives, navigate government rules and regulations, apply for funding to launch or grow their business, and recruit and train employees.

Women Entrepreneurs NYC

WE NYC is an initiative based out of SBS focused on helping women start and grow their own businesses. The initiative offers a variety of programs to support women entrepreneurs, including networking events, mentorship programs, educational workshops, and more. Next Street designed and now delivered WE Master Leadership, a 3-day workshop offerings tools and tips to help entrepreneurs master negotiation skills, craft a formal business pitch to win new business, and hone collaborative leadership skills.

Each day over the course of National Small Business Week, we will feature a different business from one of these programs. They will share what it means to be an entrepreneur, how their business impacts their community, and more. Meet the entrepreneurs below:

Luz Marlen Hincapie – El Arepazo Colombian Food, Inc.

Read our interview with Luz here

Neal Mcleod Sr. and Neal Mcleod Jr. – CTK Trucking

Read our interview with Neal here

Alexa Simeone – Lele Bombe

Read our interview with Alexa here

Way Zen – J Song International

Read our interview with Way here

* Source: SBA