Government, here to help small business

Purolator International President John Costanza is co-chair of the Global NY Work Group.

The world is coming to Bethpage.

At least, the Global NY Fund is coming to Bethpage – specifically, to the Long Island Forum for Technology’s Morrelly Homeland Security Center in West Bethpage, where fund representatives will discuss Empire State Development loan and grant programs designed to help small and medium-sized businesses make hay overseas.

The forum, scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday, highlights the $35 million Global NY Fund, which offers grants up to $50,000 and loans up to $500,000 to help New York businesses enter the global marketplace.

In addition to helping statewide enterprises explore exporting opportunities and increase their international sales, Global NY also offers grants for nonprofits that provide export assistance and trade education to New York companies.

Global NY Senior Vice President Erin Cole is expected to be joined at Monday’s event by Cara Longworth, Empire State Development’s Long Island director; John Costanzo, president of Farmingdale-based Purolator International and co-chairman of the Global NY Work Group; Patti Stoff, managing director of the Long Island Import Export Association; and LIFT President Bill Wahlig.

Long Island is the second-to-last stop on the 12-stop Global NY Fund Tour, which unofficially kicked off March 29 in Utica (officially: March 30 in Albany). It’s scheduled wrap up May 11 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The May 2 forum at the Morrelly Center is open to all small and medium-sized business owners and their teams. Admission is free; registration is preferred but not required. For registration information, contact Global NY Trade Manager Linda Sun at 212-803-3651 or

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