The event will be a Center for an Urban Future (CUF) virtual policy conversation on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020.
Join CUF for this live-streamed event, which is generously supported by HSBC.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
- Shanna Castillo, Director, Office of Resident Economic Empowerment & Sustainability, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
- Jennifer DaSilva, Executive Director, Start Small Think Big
- Gina Ramcharan, Program Director, The Lillian Project, Harlem Business Alliance
- Diane Tinsley, Founder, Kids Dance Revolution
With Manhattan from Harlem to Houston experiencing an official unemployment rate of 11 percent and few new job openings on the horizon, entrepreneurship and self-employment could become an increasingly important pathway for low-income New Yorkers to earn income and provide for their families during the long road to economic recovery.
But while neighborhoods from Washington Heights and Harlem to the Lower East Side have no shortage of highly creative and entrepreneurial residents, many New Yorkers from lower-income communities don’t see business formation or self-employment as a viable path, even in better economic times—and many who do aspire to start a business are stymied by the numerous obstacles along the way.
The third in CUF’s five-borough forum series on encouraging and supporting low-income entrepreneurship, this event will explore whether low-income entrepreneurship should be among the strategies city policymakers pursue to help those hardest hit by the pandemic boost incomes and generate wealth.
It will discuss what’s needed to support first-time entrepreneurs from low-income communities in Manhattan, and examine how to ensure that more of the New Yorkers from low-income backgrounds who do turn to entrepreneurship have the tools and resources to succeed.
Our forum will shine a light on that opportunity, featuring a panel of Manhattan-based entrepreneurs from lower-income backgrounds in conversation with local and national entrepreneurship experts and city officials.
Streamed live Wednesday, November 18th, 2020
10 am to 11:45 am EST
Registration is required. Please RSVP via this link.
This symposium is made possible through generous support from HSBC. We are also grateful for general support from The Clark Foundation and the Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel Foundation, and ongoing support from a number of other philanthropic funders.