10 Steps to Starting a Business Workshop on Sept. 25, 2014


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Activities at the 6th Annual Columbia Waterfront Fall Festival Tomorrow


The Sixth Annual Columbia Waterfront Fall Festival will be held TOMORROW, September 13, 2014 from 12 PM – 5 PM on Columbia Street (between DeGraw and Union Street) & Union Street (between Columbia and Hicks Street) RAIN OR SHINE!

We have some great items for you to win in our raffle on Saturday, including:

  • A $100 Fairway Market gift card
  • A $100 Pok Pok Ny gift card
  • Tickets to Big Apple Circus‘s upcoming show at Lincoln Center
  • A free haircut from Jet Set Salon
  • A cheese board set from Brooklyn Slate Company
  • A Spells For The Body gift box
  • Bottle of wines from Old Brooklyn Wine and Liquor Company, Red Hook Liquors, and Botta di Vino, Ltd
  • and much more!

Hungry? We’ll have food from Alma Restaurant, Jake’s BBQ, Margaret Palca Bakes, Carroll Gardens Diner, Mazzat Restaurant, Kimchi Taco Truck, Paul’s Italian Sausage, Kings Coffee, Orchard Cafe, and House of Pizza & Calzones for you to enjoy!

For those that are health conscious, be sure to visit the following booths:

  • Maimonides Medical Center
  • South Brooklyn Tennis Association
  • ENT and Allergy Associates
  • Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Metroplus
  • Brooklyn Greenway Initiative
  • Waterfront Wellness
  • Aikido of South Brooklyn
  • Brooklyn Crossfit
  • Elite Fitness
  • Dog Day Cyclery
  • Fitness Collective

…And these are only half the participants we will have tomorrow! You may also relax and enjoy performances on our main stage at the corner of Union and Columbia Street.

We will have the guided Community Garden Walking Tour again this year as well. The tour starts at 12 PM at the Human Compass Garden and will visit each of these gardens along the way: the Amazing Garden, Summit Street Garden, Pirate’s Cove Garden, the Backyard Garden, and end at the South Brooklyn Children’s Garden.

Make sure to invite your network to our Facebook event! If you forgot how much fun was had at last year’s festival, check out these photos of the event.

A special thank you to our event sponsors: Maimonides Medical Center, Investors Bank, Lutheran Medical Center, and Capital One.

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15 Days Until the Sixth Annual Columbia Waterfront Fall Festival


The Sixth Annual Columbia Waterfront Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 12 PM – 5 PM on Columbia Street (between DeGraw and Union Street) & Union Street (between Columbia and Hicks Street). That’s 15 days from now!

If you are interested in being a vendor (especially a food vendor) at our free community event, there is still one more week to submit your application! If you are a business in the Columbia Waterfront District or Red Hook, please email us at info@carrollgardensassociation.com first.

Don’t have a product or service to showcase, but still want to be involved with the Fall Festival? No problem! CGA is in need of volunteers to help us during the day of the event.

Make sure to join our Facebook event to let us know you will be attending! If you forgot how much fun was had at last year’s festival, check out these photos of the event.

A special thank you to our event sponsors: Maimonides Medical CenterInvestors BankLutheran Medical Center, and Capital One.

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2014 – 2015 Entrepreneur/Business Assistance Workshop Series

Carroll Gardens Association, Inc. is happy to announce that our Entrepreneur/Business Assistance Workshop Series is back on September 25, 2014 with “10 Steps to Starting a Business!” Co-sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the series is geared to those individuals that own a small business, just started a small business, or would like to start a small business. Workshop attendees also have the chance to sign-up for a one-on-one counseling session with a small business adviser to discuss their specific business questions.

The free workshops will be held on Thursdays, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, at CGA’s office on 201 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231. The tentative schedule for the 2014-2015 series is:

  • 10 Steps to Starting a Business – 9/25/2014
  • How to Write a Business Plan – 10/16/2014
  • Where to Find Financing for Your Business – 10/30/2014
  • Home-Based Businesses – 11/20/2014
  • Business Legal Structures and Obtaining Licenses & Permits – 1/22/2015
  • Buying an Existing Business – 2/19/2015
  • Tax Breaks for Your Business – 3/19/2015
  • How to Get Certified to Sell to the Government – 4/16/2015
  • Young Entrepreneurs – 4/30/2015
  • Using Social Media to Raise Funds for Your Business – 5/21/2015
  • Expanding Your Business Online – 5/28/2015
  • Starting a Business at 50+ – 6/18/2015

To RSVP for any of the above workshops, please call us at 718-243-9301 or email us at info@carrollgardensassociation.com with your full name, phone number, and email address.


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TD Charitable Foundation Grant for Free Computer Training Program

Carroll Gardens Association, Inc. (CGA) would like to thank the TD Charitable Foundation for awarding a $2,500 grant to support its Free Computer Training Program. CGA has trained over 200 individuals in MS Office and Introduction to Computers since it 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. For FY 2014 – 2015, Vincent Peter Ty, an experienced instructor on Microsoft applications and who has a background in business management and human resources, will conduct the free computer training classes.

Under the program, Carroll Gardens Association, Inc. is offering two types of free computer training classes: 1) Introduction to Computers and 2) Microsoft Office.  Introduction to Computers is specifically geared to those who have absolutely no background in computers. Participants will learn about computer operating systems, how to surf the internet, send emails, as well as an introduction to Microsoft Word. After completing the two-week program, participants will receive a Certification of Completion in Introduction to Computers.

Microsoft Office is a beginner-level course on MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint. Participants will also have the opportunity to develop their workforce readiness skills through tips on resume writing, searching for jobs, etc. Upon successful completion of the six-week program, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion in Microsoft Office.



For FY 2014-2015, CGA will be offering three (3) training cycles on Introduction to Computers and five (5) training cycles on Microsoft Office. The Training Schedule for 2014 – 2015 follows:

  • First Training Cycle: Introduction to Computers              Sept. 15 – Sept. 23, 2014
  • Second Training Cycle: Microsoft Office                             Sept. 29 – Nov. 3, 2014
  • Third Training Cycle: Microsoft Office                                Nov. 10 – Dec. 16, 2014
  • Fourth Training Cycle: Introduction to Computers           Jan. 5 – Jan. 13, 2015
  • Fifth Training Cycle: Microsoft Office                                  Jan. 26 – Mar. 10, 2015
  • Sixth Training Cycle: Microsoft Office                                 Mar. 16 – Apr. 21, 2015
  • Seventh Training Cycle: Introduction to Computers         Apr. 27 – May 5, 2015
  • Eighth Training Cycle: Microsoft Office                               May 11 – June 23, 2015

To complement the computer workforce readiness training, the Carroll Gardens Association, Inc. will invite community partners to present on jobs in their respective fields. As TD Bank continues to broaden its reach and offer resources to our community, CGA looks forward to working with TD Bank as a resource partner. In particular, TD Bank representatives could be involved by presenting to program participants information on jobs in the banking field, where to find information on TD Bank or other bank job openings, advice on what TD Bank looks for as an employer in interviews and the overall hiring process.


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Sixth Annual Columbia Waterfront Fall Festival


The Sixth Annual Columbia Waterfront Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 12 PM – 5 PM on Columbia Street (between DeGraw and Union Street) & Union Street (between Columbia and Hicks Street).

There are many ways to participate in this 1 day street fair. There are opportunities for merchandise and food vendors, community based organizations, sponsorship,volunteers, and performers. If interested in participating in any of these ways, click on the links and follow instructions to complete the appropriate registration.

Otherwise, save the date and make certain to come out and enjoy all that the local community has to offer. If you forgot how much fun was had at last year’s festival, check out these photos of the event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRGbg1XZcRU.

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CGA Receives Grant Awards for Housing Education and Counseling Program

Carroll Gardens Association, Inc. (CGA) would like to thank Investors Foundation and Wells Fargo Housing Foundation for awarding us $2,500 and $1,000, respectively, to help support our Housing Education and Counseling Program!

Starting the Fall of 2014, CGA will offer a new series of workshops under its Housing Education and Counseling Program, with one workshop offered monthly. CGA will be partnering with Investors Bank to present the first workshop in the series, “Pre-Purchase Orientation,” on September 24, 2014. Subsequent workshops will cover such topics as: Using Your Home Equity to Achieve Your Goals, Refinancing Your Home, Affordable Rental Housing Resources, and Foreclosure Prevention.

CGA will also offer regular counseling services to program participants through our housing specialist and by developing collaborative partnerships with Investors Bank and other non-profit organizations. In addition, CGA will promote Investors Bank’s First Home Club program, where first time homebuyers may be eligible to receive up to $7,500 through a $4 to $1 match from Investors Bank.


Our Housing Education and Counseling Program was launched in January 2013, thanks to a previous grant from the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, with a workshop on “Learn More about Becoming a Homeowner.” This past spring, CGA once again collaborated with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage specialists to present a First Time Home Buyer Workshop. With this new $1,000 grant, CGA hopes to further assist Wells Fargo by promoting its First-Time Homebuyer workshops, steer potential homebuyers to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Consultants, and assist in marketing of its Home Preservation Assistance program such as “Leading the Way Home” events.


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Tour de Brooklyn

Sunday, June 1st

Tour de Brooklyn will start and end in Red Hook at Erie Basin Park next to IKEA. Organized by Transportation Alternatives, the Tour de Brooklyn is a family-friendly 21.5 mile long bike ride that carries 1,200 bicyclists throughout the borough.

To celebrate the Tour de Brooklyn, SBIDC, Carroll Gardens Association, and Restore Red Hook teamed up to promote the local businesses in Red Hook and the Columbia Waterfront District. Residents, visitors, and bicyclists alike can take advantage of these limited time specials at area businesses.

When the Tour riders return, there will be a Tour de Brooklyn Finish Festival from 11-4pm at Erie Basin Park. Check out tables from local community groups, grab something to eat from Solber Pupusas and stop by the NYC Bike Jumble, a bicycle flea market.

Download and print the Tour de Brooklyn postcard here. Contact Lindsay Donnellon at ldonnellon@carrollgardensassociation.com for more information.

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How to Fund Your Start-up Workshop on Thursday, June 19th

Join us for the last Entrepreneur/Business Assistance Workshop of the season before we take a break for the summer!


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Free Community Health Fair this Wednesday, May 21st!


Free services to be provided:

  • Disaster mental health counseling
  • Benefits of martial arts practice
  • Physical therapy
  • Glucose testing
  • Blood pressure screening
  • HIV testing
  • Mammogram screening (sign-up in advance)
  • and more!
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