The Office of the Borough President helps promote business in Queens by lending support to a variety of government and economic organizations. Here we list selected initiatives which have significant value in helping you build your career and find the resources to manage and grow your business.
Special Programs and Initiatives:
- QUEENS DISCOUNT CARD PROGRAM
The Queens Discount Card Program offers the opportunity to Queens' business owner to directly connect to their borough clients. Through the Discover Queens Discount Card, businesses are able to market borough wide and reach new customers. The Discover Queens Card offers cardholders access to the many discounts offered by our local businesses. And it's all free!!! For more information, please visit
- QUEENS WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT TASK FORCE
The Queens Workforce Development Task Force (QWDTF) is entrusted with creating
and introducing recommendations that will advance the quality
of workforce development for the borough of Queens. This
is accomplished through the consensus building of ideas by
a coalition of workforce partner organizations and job developers.
Partners: Council for Airport Opportunity, East River Development Alliance, Goodwill
Industries of Greater New York & Northern New Jersey, Non-Traditional Employment for Women, NYC Department of Human Resource Administration, NYC Department of Small Business Services NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, NYS Department of Labor, Queens Workforce One Center/Queens Business Solutions, Upwardly Global, York College Continuing Education.
After evaluating the necessity of improving and advancing workforce development in the borough of Queens, in December of 2010 the QWDTF released an “Issues Paper” that has identified recommendations to mobilize and coordinate resources to better ensure they are accessible to the residents who need them.
Click here to download the Workforce Issues Paper (pdf)
- QUEENS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
The Queens Economic Development Leadership Council (QEDLC) promotes borough wide Programs and services designed to strengthen economic development and small business growth. The QEDLC is a great resource and serves as a gateway to government sponsored grants for not-for-profit organizations and small businesses, funding opportunities, and free services and programs.
Members: Business Improvement Districts, Chambers of Commerce, Development Corporations, Merchant Organizations.
- KEEP IT IN QUEENS
Keep It In Queens is a joint initiative of the Queens Borough President's Office,
the Queens Chamber of Commerce and City of New York to connect Queens-based
businesses to economic development projects in the Borough.
Queens is experiencing unprecedented levels of economic
development activity with major redevelopment projects throughout the
Borough. Redevelopment projects like that at Willets Point
(which is projected to create 5,000 permanent jobs and 18,00
construction jobs, and generate $25 billion in economic activity
over the next 25 years) are incredible opportunities to Queens-based
businesses. Keep it in Queens will connect participating
businesses, suppliers, distributors, and service providers
with these projects and developments in the borough. The
directory generated by this initiative will create a one
stop easily accessible program for a wide variety of services
ranging from apparel to manufacturing, catering to accounting,
lumber and paint to construction supplies.
Keep It In Queens invites Queens-based businesses to become
part of the directory by filling out a simple vendor registration
form that allows them to share their contact information
and unique businesses characteristics (including whether
its minority or women owned). Businesses and individuals
will have direct access to the services and materials offered
by our Queen-based businesses through the website:
For a link to the vendor registration form please visit: