Suffolk County has teamed up with Stony Brook College and the Huntington on-line startup eGifter to supply free companies for small companies hit arduous by the coronavirus pandemic.
The initiative, known as Suffolk Ahead, will assist entrepreneurs with the know-how essential to ship items and companies nearly.
Suffolk Ahead is open to any small enterprise within the county that’s been affected by the shutdown of nonessential actions to sluggish the virus’ unfold. Nonetheless, officers stated particular consideration will probably be paid to these struggling essentially the most: eating places, retailers and residential enchancment contractors.
Contributors within the three sectors will probably be polled about their wants and the college will ship the requested companies.
The pandemic has revealed what number of small companies “lack the know-how capabilities to transition to digital or on-line companies,” Suffolk County Government Steve Bellone stated final week. The brand new initiative “will enable native companies to leverage experience and assets to enhance their operations and IT infrastructure.”
Assist from college students and school
Pupil volunteers, who’re learning enterprise, laptop science and engineering, will assist entrepreneurs to evaluate their tech wants and the best way to tackle them. The scholars will work below the route of school members, stated Ann-Marie Scheidt, the college’s director of financial growth.
Entrepreneurs looking for tech help ought to contact the Small Enterprise Improvement Middle on campus at stonybrook.edu/sbdc/.
“In the long run, we’ll assist them obtain larger web functionality to succeed in out to prospects and be capable of promote their choices,” she stated on Tuesday.
As well as, the college’s School of Enterprise will current 90-minute video “Pandemic Shift” workshops for small enterprise homeowners in addition to a digital knowledgeable community, the place professors and business consultants present particular person consultations.
Extra info might be discovered at nwsdy.li/SBUSUFF.
The school’s dean, Manuel London, stated it’s dedicated to doing “all we will to help financial growth on Lengthy Island. That is significantly crucial now.”
Setauket enterprise capitalist David L. Calone, who helps to steer the school’s response to the coronavirus, stated school members have business expertise together with their training credentials.
“This is a chance for small enterprise homeowners to have consultants in several enterprise areas advise them without spending a dime, whether or not it is a advertising drawback, a cash-flow drawback, an employment drawback,” he stated. “There are a selection of huge corporations on Lengthy Island that use this Stony Brook experience on an ongoing foundation, they usually pay for it.”
eGifter’s free service
eGifter had already launched Operation Foremost Avenue, a web based listing of entrepreneurs who’re providing present playing cards for merchandise and/or companies, when Calone requested firm executives to take part in Suffolk Ahead.
eGifter CEO and co-founder Tyler Roye stated, “We’re blissful to assist as a result of we’re a small enterprise on Foremost Avenue in Huntington.” The corporate has about 20 staff on the LaunchPad enterprise incubator, which it helped begin.
The Operation Foremost Avenue listing might be discovered at operationmainstreet.com. The Suffolk web page has 126 retailers whereas the Nassau web page has 99. There are also pages for chambers fo commerce.
Roye stated there isn’t a value to be within the listing and that Stony Brook college students are being skilled to assist small companies who have not offered on-line present playing cards beforehand.
Suffolk is also creating a job board for county residents to find out about openings at native companies.
The Suffolk Ahead initiative follows Bellone’s institution of a Enterprise Restoration Unit, which fields questions from enterprise homeowners in regards to the coronavirus pandemic and surveying them about their operations. Further info is on the market at suffolkcountyny.gov/bru.
The county’s Industrial Improvement Company is providing producers a sales-tax exemption of as much as $100,000 on the acquisition of apparatus for making private safety tools and drugs. For extra, ship an electronic mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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