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Rob Walsh, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services, has successfully promoted entrepreneurship throughout New York City.
Rob Walsh, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services, has successfully promoted entrepreneurship throughout New York City.
The New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) announced late last week that there is $500,000 available through a new training grant program for small businesses in media and entertainment. The “Made in NY” Media Employee Training (MET) Program will help companies grow their businesses and enter new markets by training employees in the newest technologies and platforms. Approximately $65,000 has already been awarded to two businesses. Bureau Blank and TangentVector will train 19 staff members and increase their revenues by approximately $1.03 million. The awards will be matched by $28,000 from the employers.

“Since launching in 2005, our NYC Business Solutions Customized Training Grant program has awarded over $9 million to help more than 150 companies train over 5,000 workers,” said Rob Walsh, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. “We are happy to partner with MOME and use our expertise to specifically help small businesses train employees and expand in the fast growing media and entertainment industry.”

“With 25 New York City based primetime episodic series and 188 films in 2011, New York City is a leading center of production. We are thrilled to work with SBS to continue to help small businesses in the media and entertainment industry grow through the “Made in NY” Media Employee Training program,” said Katherine Oliver, Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.

MET grants cover up to 70 percent of training costs, including external training providers, trainee and internal instructor wages, training facilities, and books and materials. Grants primarily support businesses engaging in training for the following reasons: investment in new equipment or software; investment in new products or markets; teaching employees to perform new or different jobs; updating obsolete skills or teaching advanced occupational skills. Applicants are judged based upon their ability to impact economic activity in New York City.

The first two MET grants were awarded to:

Bureau Blank: Located in Chinatown, Bureau Blank works with companies and organizations to build strong brands and grow them through the creation of a wide range of media from digital to print to motion and 3D. The company will use a $27,240 award to train 12 staff members in advanced web development, design, brand strategy, and management skills.

TangentVector: Tangent Vector, a Manhattan-based digital advertising, marketing and video production firm since 2009, serves clients in the automobile industry, including McLaren North America and Porsche Cars North America, and is executive producer of YouTube’s DRIVE Original Content Channel. The company will use a $38,224 award to train 7 staff members in post-production, on-camera, and management skills.

$435,000 in funding for training is still available. Businesses interested in applying should go to www.nyc.gov/training or call 311.

Robert W. Walsh was appointed Commissioner of the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) by Mayor Bloomberg in January 2002. During his tenure, he has redefined how the City serves and responds to the needs of the City’s 220,000 small businesses.

SBS has invigorated the City’s 62 Business Improvement Districts– the largest network of BIDs in the country – which collectively invest more than $90 million dollars in the maintenance, development and promotion of commercial districts throughout the City. Under Walsh’s leadership, SBS has enhanced the delivery of technical assistance and incentives to NYC’s small businesses through NYC Business Solutions and launched online tools through NYC Business Express to make starting, operating and expanding a business simple and easy. SBS has also energized the City’s promotion and support of minority- and women-owned businesses.

Since Mayor Bloomberg merged the City’s adult workforce development programs with SBS in July 2003, Walsh has led the effort to link workforce and economic development by meeting the needs of both businesses and jobseekers. Under his leadership, SBS has increased the number of Workforce1 Career Centers from three to eight and implemented data-driven performance management, resulting in an increase in the number of placements made by the Career Centers each quarter from just 127 in 2004 to more than 4,000 today. SBS also overhauled the City’s training voucher program by focusing on training provider accountability and tightly linking training opportunities to jobs. The Workforce1 Career Centers have achieved 63,000 job placements since 2004 and aim to place New Yorkers in 20,000 jobs in 2009.

Prior to his appointment, Walsh spent five years in North Carolina as President of Charlotte Center City Partners, an organization dedicated to improving and growing Charlotte’s central business district. From 1989 to April 1997, he led the Union Square Partnership, where he played a key role in the neighborhood’s revitalization. During the 1980’s, he worked in the administration of Mayor Edward I. Koch. He began his career in public service as a New York City Urban Fellow, a program he later directed. Commissioner Walsh holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Fordham University.

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