Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams Visits CGA

Carroll Gardens Association, Inc. would like to thank Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams for visiting our office on April 10, 2014. We were pleased to share with him the work that we have done in South Brooklyn over the past 40 years and our aspirations for the future. We were also privileged to hear Borough  President Adams’ priorities for Brooklyn: Economic Development, Affordable Housing, and Connecting People with Resources. We hope to be a community partner in advancing the Borough President’s initiatives.

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Join us Thursday, April 17th for a workshop on Establishing Good Credit

ESTABLISHING GOOD CREDIT, presented by Mr. Ousmane Ba of the Business Outreach Center Network

Mr. Ba will advise you on how to establish and maintain good credit. Come listen and ask questions about credit usage, debt to credit limit ratio, and paying better than your credit terms.


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Business Income Tax Workshop on Mar. 20, 2014


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43rd Anniversary Celebration and Awards Reception


On behalf of the Board and Staff, I invite you to join us on Thursday, May 1, 2014 for Carroll Gardens Association Inc.’s 43rd Anniversary Celebration and Awards Reception.  We will honor Richard Bramwell Sr.,Chairman of Shinda Management Corporation, with the Corporate Leadership Award; Victoria Hagman, Owner of Realty Collective, with the Small Business Leadership Award; and both Brooklyn Greenway Initiative and Red Hook Initiative with the Public Service Award.  All of our distinguished honorees share the same passion and commitment to enhance the quality of life for the residents in our communities.

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Upcoming Housing Education Workshops

UPDATE: Home Weatherization, the equivalent of “ways to reduce your home’s energy costs in winter and in summer” has been POSTPONED. We will reschedule the event for early summer, so stay tuned! Remember, funds are only committed through the NYS Weatherization Assistance Program year 2013-2014. Feel free to call us (718) 243-9301 if you want to be kept informed of the rescheduled workshop.

CGA is happy to announce that we had a great turnout for our Affordable Rental Housing Workshop held on February 5th! We hope to receive similar reception at the next two sessions of our Housing Workshop Series:

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Be sure to RSVP today with your full name, email address, and phone number!

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Business Plan Basics Workshop on Mar. 6th, 2014

The next workshop in our Entrepreneur/Business Assistance Workshop Series is on Business Plan Basics. Join us on Thursday, March 6th at 5:30 PM as Jennefer Gustafsson of the Women’s Business Center walks you through the basic elements of a business plan and how it is a living document that grows with your business. Be sure to RSVP today with your full name, email address, and phone number!


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UPDATE: Legal Business Structures Workshop on April 3, 2014

Note: Previously cancelled due to snow.


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Free Affordable Rental Housing Workshop on Feb. 5th, 2014


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CGA Relaunches Free Computer Training Program

Since the organization started offering Free Computer Classes in April 2011, the training has been very popular and has attracted participants that included community residents, low-income individuals, the unemployed, persons with disabilities, veterans, immigrants and minorities, city workers, the youth and seniors. Over the next six months, Carroll Gardens Association, Inc. will be offering 5 training cycles and two levels of training: 1) Computer Basics which will run 3-weeks, and 2) Microsoft Office which will run 5-weeks. Each training cycle will be conducted 2 days a week on Mondays and Tuesdays. All training sessions will be taught by Toni Musa, a teaching professional with years of experience.

The 3-week training cycle on Computer Basics is geared towards individuals who have absolutely no background in using computers. During the training, participants will learn about computer components, how to search the internet, how to set-up an email account and send emails, as well as an introduction to Microsoft Word. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion on Computer Basics after successfully completing the 3-week program.

The 5-week training cycle on Microsoft Office will cover MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint with an emphasis on workforce readiness. Participants will also receive an introduction on the use of social media, using the internet for your next job search, resume writing, and interview skills. Four (4) training cycles will be conducted on Microsoft Office. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion on Microsoft Office after successfully completing the 5-week program.

Due to limited space, registration is offered on a first come-first served basis. Participants will be required to sign a Commitment Form, committing themselves to complete the 3 or 5-week training cycle. Please submit a completed Computer Training Registration Form to: Carroll Gardens Association, Inc., 201 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231. You could also fax the form to (718) 243-9304.

The Training Schedule for 2014 is as follows:

  • First Training Cycle: Microsoft Office                                           Jan. 27 – Feb. 25, 2014
  • Second Training Cycle: Computer Basics                                       Mar. 3 – Mar. 18, 2014
  • Third Training Cycle: Microsoft Office                                           Mar. 24 – Apr. 22, 2014
  • Fourth Training Cycle: Microsoft Office                                         Apr. 28 – May 27, 201
  • Fifth Training Cycle: Microsoft Office                                             June 2 – June 30, 2014
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Hyde & Watson Foundation, thank you for the computer upgrade!

Carroll Gardens Association, Inc. has received a $5,000 grant from the Hyde & Watson Foundation. The grant has allowed the organization to upgrade computers and purchase a new printer for the CGA Training Center. With the new equipment, CGA is relaunching its Free Computer Training Program, starting with the First Training Cycle for 2014 on Microsoft Office. Carroll Gardens Association would like to thank the Hyde & Watson Foundation for making it possible for the organization to relaunch the Free Computer Program.


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