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SBA to Participate in Asian Pacific Islander American Queens Town Hall Meeting at Flushing Library

Advisory Date: 
Monday, April 15, 2019
Advisory Number: 
19-25
Contact: 
Matt Coleman 212-264-7750 matthew.coleman@sba.gov (Atlantic Region) Man-Li Lin 212-264-7060 man-li.lin@sba.gov (New York District Office)

FLUSHING, N.Y. – As part of the White House initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders, the U.S. Small Business Administration will be in Flushing, Queens to encourage members of the Asian American community to start, grow and expand their small business ventures – leading to continued growth of the economy. 

SBA officials will join the area’s Asian American business community at a roundtable that will also feature New York City Councilman Peter Koo and SBA Economic Development Specialist Man-Li Lin.  The event will feature information, speakers and question & answer sessions devoted towards the Asian-American community.  Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-6) has also been invited to attend. 

The federal agency will speak and answer questions at the Flushing Library at 41-17 Main Street in Queens from 1:00pm to 2:00pm on Friday, April 19.  According to U.S. Census data, 71% of Flushing residents, or over 57,900 people, self-identify ethnically as Asian American.

“Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are the fastest growing racial group in the United States according to the U.S. Census.  The AAPI population comprised over 40 different ethnic subgroups and is expected to more than double from 20 million to more than 51 million by 2060.  White House initiatives have been developed within Executive Branch departments like SBA because with tremendous expected growth comes the need to better understand and address unique issues facing this diverse community,” said SBA Regional Administrator Steve Bulger, who oversees the federal agency’s operations in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Flushing town hall meeting is part of a larger White House initiative to engage the community with federal leaders on four cross-cutting ideas: data disaggregation, language access, capacity building, and workforce diversity.  Other forums are also scheduled around New York State with the most recent one taking place in Albany, New York.

WHO

SBA New York District Office
Man-Li Lin, Economic Development Specialist
Councilman Peter Koo (District 20)
SBA Lenders    

WHAT
New York City
Asian Pacific Islander American Town Hall Meeting

WHERE
Flushing Library
Ground Level, Room C/D
41-17 Main Street
Flushing, New York 11355

WHEN

1:00pm to 2:00pm

RSVP

Media should RSVP with bailey.wolff@sba.gov and matthew.coleman@sba.gov

 

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration                                                                                         

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.