Mar 072015
 
Talking Point:  Small Business Forum

  UPDATE:  On March 5th there was  a small business forum co-sponsored by The Villager and VID, at Judson Memorial Church On Thursday, March 5th at 7 pm neighbors, local business people, and a panel of experts convened for a Small Business Forum to discuss means to save and protect small businesses.  It was held  at Judson Church, 55 Washington Square South. The forum was organized by Sharon Woolums, long-time VID member and the panel moderated by Lincoln Anderson, Editor-in-Chief at The Villager. The Issues Currently landlords determine the destiny of small business owners, their workers, and, ultimately, the character and culture of an entire community.  But two pending legislations, looking at the issue from opposite directions claim to be the solution to save our small businesses. A new resolution introduced January 22 at City Hall calls upon Albany to pass legislation establishing a property tax credit for commercial landlords who ”voluntarily” limit […]

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Dec 232014
 
Talking Point:  Saving Small Businesses

VID Member Sharon Woolums addresses the issue of saving small businesses… in an insightful Talking Point piece in The Villager (December 18) titled Mom-and-Pop shops: Are they too small to save? To Ms. Woolums saving small businesses centers on the failure of the New York City Council to act on the proposed  Small Business Jobs Survival Act (S.B.J.S.A.), which was originally introduced by Councilmember Ruth Messinger in 1986, has been bottled up in a Council committee for the past four years, and denied a vote by the full City Council for 28 years. For this piece she interviewed Councilmembers Corey Johnson, Margaret Chin and Rosie Mendez on the issue.  As a counterbalance, she elicited comments from Mr. Sung Soo Kim a 30-year veteran in the fight to save small business and founder of the Korean American Small Business Service Center.  Mr. Kim also created the first Small Business Bill of Rights […]

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