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Baruch College and Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Join Together for Night Annual Small Business Forum

“The Launch. The Buzz. The Buy-In” Spark Ideas  

on Starting and Growing a Business


New York, NY- September 13, 2017- Nearly 100 businesspeople, entrepreneurs and community residents attended the ninth annual networking breakfast and Small Business Assistance Forum at Baruch College on September 12. Presented by Baruch College and the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID), the program, “The Launch. The Buzz. The Buy-In,” focused on starting and growing a business, and featured recognized experts in topics ranging from digital marketing to team building.

“An important priority at Baruch College is to nurture entrepreneurship and small businesses in New York City,” said Christina Latouf, Vice President for Communications, External Relations and Economic Development at Baruch College. “We were proud to partner with the Flatiron BID in this free annual event for our community.” 

Jennifer Brown, Executive Director of the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership BID, added “The BID’s Business Assistance Forums are terrific platforms for local small business owners to network and learn about the latest tools and tactics that will help them achieve their goals.  We thank Baruch College, our panelists, our workshop leaders, and all of the resource table participants, for providing their support and expertise.”

Prominent Entrepreneurs and Baruch College Alumni

Along with the participation of Baruch College’s Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship and Division of Continuing and Professional Studies, the event involved a panel discussion featuring prominent New York City-based entrepreneurs and College alumni including Ben Guttman of Digital Natives; Katherine Quiles of ATAX; David Steingard of Laughing Man Coffee as well as Leanne Shear of Uplift Studios.

Afterwards, forum participants attended workshops that tackled such topics as Launching Your Business Venture; Building/Creating Your Team; the Co-working/Networking Synergy; and Evolving/Changing Marketing Trends.

A Nine-Year Collaboration

This event marks the ninth consecutive year that Baruch College and the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership teamed up to present the free Small Business Assistance Forum.  The program, which is open to the community and all of New York City, was started in 2009 to address shared concerns about an unstable economy. 

Each year, the program brings together experts to discuss the current challenges and opportunities for existing and aspiring business owners, and offers networking opportunities for attendees.


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