NYC hosts 1st-ever Small Business Month Expo

Business owners packed into Pier 36 in Lower Manhattan for the inaugural event.

Edric Robinson

May 29, 2024, 10:27 PM

Updated 15 days ago


The New York City Department of Small Business Services hosted its first-ever Small Business Month Expo in Manhattan, bringing together business owners from across the boroughs for networking and connecting with resources.
“Welcome to the first-ever Small Business Month Expo!” announced Kevin Kim, commissioner for the Department of Small Business Services, to applause from the audience.
Business owners packed into Pier 36 in Lower Manhattan for the inaugural event. Mayor Eric Adams emphasized the importance of attending, stating, “In this city, we want to grow small businesses. If you’re home, you’re not going to meet your next partner or learn about services. Swipe your MetroCard, get on your Citi Bike, and get here!”
“Too often, we hear small businesses struggling and not knowing about free government resources that can actually help them. For example, commercial lease assistance—if you're about to sign a lease at a retail store, you can come and get free legal advice,” added Kim.
The agency said over 9,000 New Yorkers registered to attend the expo, which offered more than 150 free city programs. Attendees received assistance with city permits, financing, legal issues and hiring workers. Business owners also had the opportunity to get free updated headshots.
“I love it! There are so many people here to network with. I even learned a lot about things I thought I wouldn’t pursue,” said Chanel Jenkins, CEO of Artist Pajama House.
Isseu Diouf Campbell, owner of African Spot LLC, a photography and video agency in Harlem, found the event particularly rewarding. “I met a client I haven’t seen in years. I worked with her a couple of years ago, and now she’s booking me for an event on Friday,” she shared.
Andrea Young, CEO and founder of Sweet Vegan in East Harlem, also praised the expo. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for businesses to get exposure and share the chocolate love. We’re not just a chocolate company; we work with high school kids to keep them in school,” said Young.
Although the expo was a one-day event, those who missed it can still access resources by visiting the agency’s website.

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