U.S. Small Business Administration

SBA pumps $1M into statewide small-biz exports

By GREGORY ZELLER // The U.S. Small Business Administration, via the Empire State Development Corp., is infusing nearly $1 million into statewide international-trade programs. The SBA announced this week that the ESDC, Albany’s main economic-development engine, is one of the 47 state international-trade agencies receiving funding this year through the State Trade and Export Promotion program. The total of $18 million in national STEP funding is meant to help small businesses enter and compete in…


No. 327: On ‘Moby Dick,’ ‘Gangsta’s Paradise,’ shredded wheat and life on Mars

  August already? How did THAT happen? We’re as dumfounded as you, dear reader, but here we are – Aug. 1, 2018, about halfway through the summer and this exciting week in Long Island socioeconomic innovation. Neck and neck: It’s also World Scout Scarf Day, when active and former Scouts around the world are encouraged to wear the trademark neckerchiefs (actual word) to promote Scouting’s history and spirit. For the record, some 170 countries around…


Feds STEP up for smaller New York exporters

Empire State Development will use a federal grant to pump up Global NY, the international division of Albany’s main economic-development engine. The U.S. Small Business Administration has awarded ESD a State Trade Expansion Program grant to support the growth of New York-based exports in markets around the world. The $602,115 stipend, announced in late October, marks the fifth straight year New York State has won a competitive STEP grant. While the numbers aren’t huge –…