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Renaissance Holds Entrepreneurial Assistance Program Graduation Ceremony

On December 11, 2014 Renaissance Economic Development Corporation (REDC), held a graduation ceremony for students who successfully completed the organization’s Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP, which was first offered in 1995, is a 12-week, 60-hour course designed for first-time business owners who want to develop the skills necessary to grow and maintain a healthy business. Program…

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Renaissance Selected for Immigrant Business Initiative

Renaissance Economic Development Corporation (REDC), was named in the fall of 2014 as one of five community-based partners selected to participate in the Department of Small Business Service’s (SBS) Immigrant Business Initiative. The program, first announced in May, is funded through a $250,000 contribution from Citi Community Development. In addition to REDC, the selected community partners include…

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From the Front Line to the Fast Lane

Going to war was never part of the plan for Chris Nolte. He didn’t dress up as a soldier when he was a kid growing up on Long Island. Nor did he pour over war movies wishing he could have the chance to become the protagonist in his own adventure. Back in 2000, when Chris…

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Rebuilding Businesses Post-Sandy

In October of 2012, much of New York resembled the aftermath of a scene from a big budget action movie. This was chaos on a grand scale: Cars flipped, trees uprooted, utility poles snapped like toothpicks and entire homes swept away. But this wasn’t a movie; it was real. Superstorm Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane on…

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Rebuilding in Rockaway

Ask locals for characteristics that typify the people of Rockaway and the chances are that you’ll hear words like “tough,” “resilient,” and “gutsy.” All are traits that residents here have needed in spades in recent years. First there was 9/11. Fifty locals perished that day, many of them firefighters called into action as the Twin Towers smoldered in…

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