On November 28, our Economic Development team organized an evening program exploring the value small businesses to new arrival immigrants, what the current developments in Sunset Park mean for its long-standing immigrants and how co-ops can be a tool for greater agency, ownership and stability.

Jenny Bright, Rob Daurio and Cayce Pack welcomed everybody to Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow and set the foundation for the evening’s discussion. Central to their inquiry were:

  • How do neighborhoods support their immigrant small businesses? In turn, how do immigrant small businesses support their local neighborhood culture?
  • What do we mean when we say we want “equitable economic development”?
  • How might issues for immigrant small business owners differ from other small business owners?
  • How should we think about small businesses from the perspective of integration?

Next, Armando Moritz-Chapelliquen and Giovania Tiarachristie questioned the panelists to understand the complexity of these challenges:

  • What is the role of small businesses in immigrant communities?
  • How do they function as a network of services for new arrivals?
  • What the biggest challenges facing immigrant small business owners?
  • What are the biggest challenges in serving immigrant small business owners?
  • With so many changes happening in Sunset Park—Industry City, BQX, Brooklyn Army Terminal and Made in NYC—what needs to be done to secure the long-term future of the business owners and neighborhood?

 

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