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Small Biz Seminars at L. I. C. E- Space

Learn How To Grow, Publicize Company

The Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) will offer in the coming weeks three seminars on such topics as publicity, sales and business presentations as part of its “Business Blueprint Series.”

Next Wednesday, Mar. 21, Susan Harkavy-a public relations consultant specializing in home design and lifestyle-will present “Publicity Basic for Small Business Start-Ups.” The former head of public relations for the Museum of Arts and Design and current adjunct instructor on guerilla marketing at New York Designs will expound on ways to make and pitch stories and create mediaworthy events.

Participants will learn how to set their businesses apart from the competition.

Then on Apr. 4, analyst Vincent Tang will offer “Pitching and Presenting Your Business.” The Lockwell Investment executive, who began his career as an investment banking analyst with Bear Stearns & Co., will help participants create “presentation road maps” in order to include key business information and create powerful images to clients.

Finally, on Apr. 18, Bianca DiSalvo, who founded the coaching company Working Sage, will direct “Seven Secrets to More Sales.” The certified facilitator, trainer and adjunct professor at Fordham Univer- sity’s marketing department will help participants apply the seven sales secrets to their businesses in a safe environment before heading into the business world.

All of the seminars will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the QEDC Entrepreneur Space, located at 36-46 37th St. in Long Island City; a fee is charged.

For more information or to register, call Franklin Mora at 1-718-263- 0546, Ext. 18, or visit www.queensny.org.

The QEDC and ACCION USA will also present a two-part workshop to familiarize entrepreneurs with obtaining microloans on two consecutive Mondays, Mar. 26 and Apr. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Entrepreneur Space in Long Island City.

The two-hour workshops, led by experienced professionals, will also give participants the opportunity to review financial documents with a loan officer without having to wait for an appointment and/or wade through red tape.

The Mar. 26 class will focus on what lenders look for and reporting to make a loan request. Participants will get a one-on-one review of their credit reports, find out if they qualify and/or learn how to improve their credit to qualify for a loan.

On Apr. 2, a loan officer will review participants’ financial documents and loan purposes and determine how a loan will help them grow their businesses.

Fees will be charged for attending each session. Participants must be in business for at least six months to apply for loans. Guests are requested to come prepared with all their loan documents, including a printed Equifax credit report which they can obtain for free at www.annualcreditreport.com.

For more information, call Kathrine Gregory at 1-718-392-0025 or send an e-mail to mikitchen1866 @aol.com.

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