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Success Story: Tropical Stars Staffing Firm Opens New Opportunities to Immigrant Workers

(Photo: Heather Smith (left) and Sagine Duverneau of Tropical Stars.) Two years ago, Heather Smith came to Renaissance Economic Development Corp. (REDC) with a dream: establishing a new staffing company to help immigrant women find their footing in New York’s hospitality industry. Today her firm, Tropical Stars, Inc., based in Flatbush, Brooklyn, boasts almost $3…

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Renaissance Board Member Raymond Lou Featured in New Video

On March 29, 2018, Asian Americans for Equality and Renaissance Economic Development Corporation celebrated the Year of the Dog at our 44th Annual Lunar News Year  Banquet in Manhattan’s Chinatown. At the banquet, we debuted our new video, which highlights many of AAFE and REDC’s programs in our community. One of the people featured was…

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Apply For a Neighborhood 360° Fellowship With Renaissance in the Bronx and Queens

Here’s a great career development opportunity for anyone interested in working in the non-profit sector and helping New York City’s small businesses. This year, Renaissance Economic Development Corporation (REDC) is hosting a Neighborhood 360° fellow. The program, sponsored by the NYC Department of Small Business Services, deploys paid, full-time community development professionals to work on commercial…

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City Councilmember Dromm, Renaissance, AAFE Team Up to Help Small Businesses Flooded By Jackson Heights + Elmhurst Water Main Break

New York City Councilmember Daniel Dromm is hosting Renaissance Economic Development Corporation (REDC) in his Queens District Office, where emergency loans will be offered to businesses impacted by the recent water main break in Elmhurst/Jackson Heights. The office hours begin Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. The loan program is being offered in partnership with Asian Americans…

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Renaissance Deploys $3.4 Million in Loan Capital to Support NYC Small Businesses in 2017

Renaissance Economic Development Corporation has a long-track record of helping small businesses in New York City flourish within their communities. During the past two decades, we have made more than 1200 small business loans, funneling more than $46 million into New York’s immigrant and emerging neighborhoods. Reviewing 2017, we’re looking beyond the numbers to the…

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Longtime AAFE Executive Director Chris Kui to Retire at the End of 2017

Doris Koo Returns to AAFE as Senior Advisor and Named Interim Executive Director New York, NY – Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE), the parent organization of REDC, announced today that after 31 years with the organization, including 25 years at the helm, Executive Director, Christopher Kui, has informed the Board of Directors of his decision to…

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New Website, Flushing Fantastic, Promotes Small Business in Queens

Our parent organization, Asian Americans for Equality, and the Flushing Chamber of Commerce recently launched a new website to promote the diverse small businesses in Flushing, Queens. Flushing Fantastic helps visitors navigate the vibrant and multifaceted community and connect with hundreds of shops, cultural venues, restaurants, hotels and historic landmarks. The new site was made possible through the…

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Renaissance, AAFE Lead Neighborhood Visioning in Corona, Queens

On Aug. 22, residents of the Queens neighborhood of Corona gathered to create a vision for the future of Roosevelt Avenue, the commercial heart of the neighborhood. Renaissance Economic Development Corp. and it’s parent organization, Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE), are leading the initiative, which is soliciting resident input as part of a Commercial District Needs…

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Welcome to Our New Website!

If you have visited REDC online before, you probably noticed that we have a new look. Renaissance Economic Development Corporation just debuted a new website, designed to better serve our core community: small business owners in New York City. There are redesigned pages highlighting our small business loans, group training programs and individual counseling services.…

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Help Create a Vision For Roosevelt Avenue Aug. 22

We want to hear your opinion about the future of Roosevelt Avenue. The Corona, Queens community is invited to attend a public meeting Tuesday, Aug. 22. The goal is to create a vision for a thriving commercial destination for everyone. It’s part of a larger Commercial District Needs Assessment being conducting through Neighborhood 360°, a program of…

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