You are reading

Four up-and-Coming Queens Businesses Win $10K in Start up Money

Abou Sow, a resident of Jamaica Queens, has launched Prince Abou, a halal butchery. He won $10,000 in seed money to grow his business (Photo: Courtesy of Prince Abou)

May 4, 2021 By Ryan Songalia

Four Queens-based start-ups were awarded $10,000 each in seed money last week to expand their respective businesses.

A children’s center, a tech-design agency, a butcher shop and a design firm all nabbed $10,000 in the 15th annual Queens Economic Development Corporation’s StartUP! Business Competition.

The businesses entered into a competition to win the funds after attending free workshops that covered everything from marketing to financial statements. The participants were then able to compete for $10,000 that was being offered to startups in four categories.

The tech category was won by She Designs Creative Agency. The company run by Sharae Gibbs of St. Albans offers UI and UX programming courses, plus mentorship and coaching to women of color and non-binary people.

The small business that won the sustainability category was Terrart NYC, a floral company that places arrangements in recycled containers like light bulbs and liquor bottles. Terrart is owned by Fresh Meadows residents Charly Uzcátegui and Tim Chu.

The food category was won by Jamaica resident Abou Sow who has launched Prince Abou, a halal butchery.

Meanwhile, the community category, which is for businesses that provide a local service, was won by House of Playful Soul, a Forest Hills-based learning and development center.

The winners were selected by a panel of judges after all the applicants completed their workshops and presented their plans.

The competition was sponsored by Resorts World Casino New York City and the Srivastava Technology Fund.

“These winners represent the very best of the future of Queens, and I wish them continued success in years to come,” said Bill Singh, the Director of Planning and Analysis for Genting Americas, which operates Resorts World.

Terrart NYC, a floral company that places arrangements in recycled containers, won the sustainability category (Photo Courtesy of Terrart NYC)

email the author: [email protected]

One Comment

Click for Comments 

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Popular places where you can watch the Super Bowl in Queens

Feb. 2, 2023 By Tammy Scileppi

Hey, football fans! Game time is fast approaching, and across the city and here in Queens, you can feel the excitement brewing as the two teams prepare to take the field on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 12. So, kick back and watch the big game, and don’t miss Rihanna’s exciting performance during halftime. 

Borough president hears from community members on budget needs throughout Queens

During a two-day public hearing on the mayor’s 2024 preliminary budget, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. listened to testimonies from 14 community board representatives, community stakeholders and members of the public on where the money should be spent in Queens. 

The public hearings were held both in-person and via Zoom on Monday, Jan. 30, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Queens Borough Hall. The testimonials will be used to develop the Queens Borough Board’s FY24 preliminary budget priorities in the coming weeks. 

‘He didn’t deserve to die’: Borough President Richards leads emotional candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards held a candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols outside Queens Borough Hall Monday, Jan. 30 after Nichols’ death at the hands of police officers in Memphis, Tenn., made national headlines for the brutality in which the officers beat him.

Almost immediately after news broke about Nichols’ death, the Memphis police officers who beat him to death were fired and charged with murder. The police department released the body cam footage of the fatal beating on Jan. 27, but many people, including some at the vigil, have refused to watch it due to its extremely graphic nature.

Op-Ed: This Year’s State Budget Must Prioritize Climate, Jobs, and Justice for New York

Op-Ed, Jan. 30, By Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas

In a time of rampant economic inequality and environmental injustice, it is easy to feel defeated.  Here in Queens and across New York State, however, communities are organizing for a better future. New Yorkers from different backgrounds and with different lived experiences are proving that we can build community, organize, and create a future that reflects our shared values.

LaGuardia Community College receives federal funding to expand vocational training for the unemployed

Jan. 27, 2023 By Bill Parry

LaGuardia Community College recently received more than $400,000 in federal funding to enhance and expand vocational training for underemployed New Yorkers in a city that is still working to recover from COVID-19 pandemic-induced job loss. The support was secured by U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and former Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney.